FIX: VLC error libvlc.dll is missing on Windows 10

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by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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  • VLC Media Player is a top-rated piece of software. However, one common error regards a missing DLL file called libvlc.dll.
  • Reinstalling the VLC will fix this issue, but it has to be a clean install. Learn to do that from our guide below.
  • Don't trust the first site that is offering a DLL download. These files can easily carry malware. If you go to our Fix DLL errors in Windows 10 section and you will find all the solutions for these DLL problems.
  • If you encounter any other problems with the software installed on your computer, check out our Fix PC software category for solutions.
How to fix VLC error libvlc.dll is missing on Windows 10
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For all multimedia aficionados, VLC Media Player is a top-rated piece of software. Its freeware open-source nature, intuitive design, and versatility are only some of the traits.

And to add to that, it hardly has any noticeable reoccurring issues.

One common error concerns missing DLL file called libvlc.dll. It appears when VLC or similar software are run.

How can I fix Libvlc.dll is missing on VLC?

Run a third-party DLL fixer

There are plenty of third-party programs out there that promise to fix or replace missing or broken DLLs, and most of them stay true to their word. However, if you are to choose just one, then there’s no way you can go wrong with Restoro.

How to use Restoro to fix missing or broken DLLs

  1. Download here Restoro and install it on your Windows 10 PC
  2. Let Restoro perform a full system scan
  3. When the scan is finished, press Clean Now
    • This is when you will have to activate your license key
    • Before the repair process starts, Restoro will create a restore point of your system in case things go wrong
  4. Restoro will now proceed to fix your DLL-related issue.

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Reinstall VLC

Reinstalling the VLC will fix this issue. But, the thing is, some users tried doing so but the issue prevailed and the error message kept appearing.

That’s why clean reinstallation is the only viable solution.

What we’re referring to is clearing all remaining associated files and installing a clean slate version of the VLC media player.

Do not, and we repeat, do not download the DLL file from some online depository, as those can harm your system.

Also, some remaining processes might still stay in the system threshold, so you’ll need to terminate them before starting a new installation.

We made sure to explain the whole process below, so follow the steps closely.

How to uninstall VLC

  1. Close VLC.
  2. Right-click on the taskbar and open Task Manager.
  3. Choose Startup and prevent all programs from starting with the system.
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. Type msconfig in the search bar and open System Configuration.
  6. Under the Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services box and disable all remaining services.
  7. In the Windows Search bar, type Control and open Control Panel.
  8. Choose Uninstall a program.
  9. Remove VLC and other applications related to VLC (codecs or extensions).
  10. Navigate to Program Files and delete VideoLAN folder.
  11. Do the same for AppData >  Roaming > vlc.
  12. Do not restart your system.

You can also run one of the third-party cleaners or uninstallers to do this for you. That way, you’ll clean all remaining registry inputs.

Install VLC

  1. Download the latest version of the VLC Media Player, here. Choose between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions based on your system architecture.
  2. Install everything else you usually need.
  3. Restart your PC.

With that, the libvlc.dll is missing VLC error should be gone for good. If that’s not the case, write us in the comments section.

FAQ: Read more about libvlc.dll

  • What is Libvlc.dll?

Libvlc.dll is a dynamic link library file that is part of the VLC player and it was developed by the VideoLAN Team

  • What is Libvlc.dll is missing error mean?

The libvlc.dll error might be caused by multiple possible issues, including problems with the registry, a faulty application, and malware. Running a SFC scan might solve this problem.

  • How to fix Libvlc.dll missing error?

The most simple way in solving this issue is to completely uninstall the VLC software and then perform a clean install. You can find more options to fix Libvlc.dll error in our full step-by-step guide.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2018 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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