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Q: .DLL files ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: .DLL files
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: strezlawton3-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 30 May 2004 23:19 PDT
Expires: 29 Jun 2004 23:19 PDT
Question ID: 354149
I am running Windows XP and I would like to know how do you extract
files, .DLL files from the cd on to the system hard drive?

Request for Question Clarification by theta-ga on 01 Jun 2004 04:07 PDT
Hi strezlawton3-ga ,
  The dlls on the Windows XP cd are mostly stored in a compressed
format. It would help the researchers provide you a better indepth
answer if you could tell us the following:
   - What is the problem you are facing for which you need the dll?
   - Which dll do you need?


Clarification of Question by strezlawton3-ga on 01 Jun 2004 08:42 PDT
I just can't find any of the .DLL files on my windows XP, and I'm
wondering where they are.

Clarification of Question by strezlawton3-ga on 01 Jun 2004 08:43 PDT
I know where they are on the hard drive, but not on the cd, and if I
needed to extract some from the cd I wouldn't know where to get them.
Subject: Re: .DLL files
Answered By: theta-ga on 02 Jun 2004 05:54 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi strezlawton3-ga,
    In case you are ever in a situation where you need to replace a
dll on your disk with the original copy from the Windows XP cd, there
are a couple of methods you can try:
    1. Microsoft provides a utility called the 'System File Checker',
which scans your computer for any protected OS dlls that may need to
be replaced. If it finds any such dlls, it asks you for the WinXp cd
and automatically extracts and installs the required dll files from
       To run the System File Checker utility, goto 'Start Menu'>Run and type:
             sfc /scannow
     For more information on this utility, please see:
        - : Introduction to using scannow sfc 
        - MSKB 310747: Description of Windows XP System File Checker 

    2. If you want to manually extract dll files from your cd, the
following steps will help:
         - All the required dll files are stored in the 'I386' folder
on your WinXP cd. The dll files are stored in this directory in three
                -> As uncompressed dll files. For eg: CABINET.DLL. You
can directly copy these files to your hard disk.
                -> As compressed dlls. These compressed dlls have the
extension '.DL_'. For eg: ADROT.DL_
The next step specifies how you can extract these files to your hard
disk using the 'expand.exe' utility included on the cd.
                -> As part of the compressed cabinet files. For eg: DRIVER.CAB
The next step specifies how you can extract these files to your hard
disk using the 'expand.exe' utility included on the cd.

         - The 'I386' folder contains a utility 'expand.exe' that can
be used to uncompress all the compressed files on the cd. It is a
commandline utility, so you have will have to run it from either the
command prompt or the Run dialog. Some examples of its usage are:
            expand X:\I386\ADROT.DL_ C:\ADROT.DLL
            The above command decompresses the compressed DLL
ADROT.DL_ on the WinXP CD, copies it to C:, and changes the extension
to .DLL . Here X: is your CD drive.
            expand X:\I386\DRIVER.CAB -f:* C:\Drivers
            This command extracts all the files from the
file included on the WinXP cd and copies it to the C:\Drivers folder.
Note that the destination folder must already exist on your hard
drive, it will not be created for you.
         For more information on the available commandline options for
this utility, please see:
         - Expand.exe: File Expansion Utility


Hope this helps.
If you need any clarifications, just ask!


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strezlawton3-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Exactly what I wanted to know, thanks.

Subject: Re: .DLL files
From: mister2u-ga on 31 May 2004 05:52 PDT
I'm not sure about XP but with other OS you right click on the file
and select extract.You may need Power tools or Tweakui(free from MS)to
do this.
Subject: Re: .DLL files
From: jello123-ga on 31 May 2004 13:01 PDT
right click on "Browse" select the .dll file you need to copy. right
click the dll file and select "copy". go to the desired file that you
want to put the dll file and right click and select "Paste".

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