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How to deal with DLL files ?


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Maverick27

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What's the best way to deal with DLL files in order to make them redundant ?

Is it by DELETING or by RENAMING with a diff. file extension ?

I'm trying to get rid of 3 patches that i downloaded, & start the process all over again.

Thanks - Mave
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DLL files are redundant only when programs that use them are not installed anymore.
Needless to say, a lot of DLL files that come with Windows are common ones which a lot of programs use anyway, therefore purging them is asking for disaster.
According to Microsoft Guidelines, DLLs that are unique to a specific program should lie in the program's main installation folder, and any variations on common files are put into the System32 folder. When common files are used and/or installed (or replaced if newer), their usage count is increased by one in the registry, therefore removing said program knocks one off the count, but in the case of DLLs dumped in System32 they normally remain on the system as a safeguard.

Now having said all that, to make a DLL file redundant, you need to purge references (not every single entry, just key ones] to it from the registry and delete the file. If done incorrectly this can screw things up major big time so not something I'd really recommend doing. Next logical question what patches have you downloaded and what's the problem(s) with them?
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Thanks Neil,

I'm trying to install a theme on Vista.

If you have the time, you might want to visit

Edit: To remove link not in keeping with our Terms of Use

...for the full story !

Perhaps, you might be able to shed more lightr on this matter, as the GLASS THEME looks AWESOME !!

Thanks - Mave

Edited by frantique, 19 November 2007 - 11:47 PM.

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