DLL stands for Dynamic Link Library. In layman’s terms, it’s a library of files shared by many programs. When you install any software, most automatically register the needed DLL files into the registry of your computer’s operating system. However, there may arise an occasion when an additional DLL file is required which isn’t already in the registry.
To know how to register a DLL, all that’s required is access to an account with administrator privileges and a few simple steps thereafter. If it’s your personal computer, you would normally have assigned yourself as part of the administrator group. If it’s an office computer for common use, this may remain to be seen as the IT department frowns upon unauthorized use of computer resources by running external applications and changes to computer registries. A simple hint to check whether you’ve got sufficient rights is to try and access system folders. If you can’t see them, it’s likely you can’t do very much.
Once your system’s fully loaded, click Start and go to the Run option. Enter the command regsvr32 followed by a space and then the full path and file name of the DLL file to be registered in the text entry box. Hit the Enter key. A pop-up box is displayed to confirm your DLL file is successfully registered in the registry. If you have another file to register which is located in the same folder, some deft maneuvers with the copy and paste functions should save you some keystrokes. If you have another fifty files to go, perhaps a better solution is called for.
If you’ve got more than a handful of files, be more resourceful to find out how to register a DLL that many times. Since it requires a command line per registration, how about preparing a list of command lines ahead of time? Open the Notepad application and enter the first command line. Copy and paste more lines, changing the file names and paths if need be. Save as a batch file and run it from the Run option or at command prompt. This is also a good method to keep track of what you’ve done. It also serves as a simple form of audit trail in case questions are asked in the future.
If you’re totally not in favor of typing, copying and pasting, perhaps it’s time to put your fingers to action with mouse clicks. When you do a mouse right-click over a file, there’s an option called Send To which you use to create a shortcut on your desktop or for other options. Why not put that option to good use and create a shortcut to regsvr32? Once done, go to the folder where your DLL files to be registered are located. Select the relevant ones and do a mouse right-click. Go to Send To and select the regsvr32 shortcut. In less than two shakes of a tail, you’re done.