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I needed a certain codec so I downloaded DivX Play Bundle with DivX Player 6.1 and one of the reviewers have this to say about it:

Cons: My experience is not so positive : i find it little heavy & above all i don't like its .dll file in my
system 32 . I think it's not WINDOWS XP big friend...not so rarely fails in readin' video files & i'm gettin'
convinced is not compleyely compatible with OS , much more convinced since i tried to remove that .dll
file & my OS becomes more stable . Anyway i newly re-install it : is the best DivX player on market & i
can't do without .

I downloaded it anyway, then I started having trouble with my windowsmedia player. So I uninstalled divx thinking that it caused the problem. I also risked it and tried to delete dll files in my windowsmedia folder although I don't really have any idea what I'm deleting. I'm that desperate. I couldn't delete the files though.

To make the story short, I just want to know what are dll files and are they bad news? I searched for dll files in my system an I saw a lot. And why can't I delete those dll files in my windowsmedia folder?
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found these links for you on google. They explain what dll's are


generally, you should not delete dll's. most of them, as you found, can't be deleted anyway because a lot of them are constantly in use by the os. They can sometimes cause problems, but mostly should be left alone. They're libraries, usually stores of file locations for files important to the functioning of the operating system and other programs.

I never really had problems with divX player or the codec at all in the past. Some people on the site recommend the K-lite codec pack:


but I prefer the free vlc media player. Plays all formats, no additional codecs necessary. Just that its a sourceforge project that's ongoing, so there's certain strange issues that may crop up. I haven't met any yet and it functions well on all but realmedia files.

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