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.

SOLVED: Libvlc.dll is missing on 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 the 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.

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