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advena
22-05-2010, 03:34 PM
There seem to be a surplus of dll files in my system. I had a little utility programme a while back which ran a check on these and removed any that were unused but that utility has gone from my system in the latest revamp.

Can anyone suggest a similar easy to use utility (hopefully free) that would do that task for me? Many thanks.

Speedy Gonzales
22-05-2010, 03:45 PM
Just leave them there. Delete the wrong ones, something will fail

feersumendjinn
22-05-2010, 04:56 PM
If you want a cleaning utility, CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner) is quite good, but as Speedy says be careful with dlls.

Terry Porritt
22-05-2010, 05:56 PM
Dll Orphans will find and list unused dlls and delete registry entries, I run this periodically in Windows XP.

http://camtech2000.net/Pages/DllOrphans.html

advena
26-05-2010, 06:10 PM
Just leave them there. Delete the wrong ones, something will fail
There's 10,700 of them Speedy - I'm sure they're not all necessary, surely.

nofam
26-05-2010, 10:46 PM
There's 10,700 of them Speedy - I'm sure they're not all necessary, surely.

It depends on how many apps you have installed, how long since you ran something CCleaner/Glary utilities, and how long since you last did a rebuild.

For example, my work laptop (XP Pro), which I run quite lean, and clean out regularly (plus rebuild annually) has 4340 .dll's currently. So if you haven't given it a good dungout in a while, accumulating 10,700 would be quite easy.

I think you'd be quite shocked at how many .dll's something like Photoshop CS5 or Office Pro 2007 loads on your system ;)