Accessing the DLL and Registry

  1. cmmpro1's Avatar
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    Accessing the DLL and Registry


    Good afternoon,
    How can I access the DLL and the registry? I am a beginner and just want to poke around, not change anything. I am using WIN10 Pro.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #2

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/.../what-is-a-dll
    Normally a user doesn't access the .dll files.

    The Registry is a good place to play if wanting to make a wrong edit or entry when wanting to kill Windows, force a reinstall.

    Having said that, press the Windows and R key, type regedit and press Enter to see the Registry. It is made up of 5 text files called Hives, again if they are messed with or one is deleted Windows will need installing. Or in other words, it's not a place to play if not knowing what will happen.
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  3. cmmpro1's Avatar
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    Berton said:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/.../what-is-a-dll
    Normally a user doesn't access the .dll files.

    The Registry is a good place to play if wanting to make a wrong edit or entry when wanting to kill Windows, force a reinstall.

    Having said that, press the Windows and R key, type regedit and press Enter to see the Registry. It is made up of 5 text files called Hives, again if they are messed with or one is deleted Windows will need installing. Or in other words, it's not a place to play if not knowing what will happen.
    So I cant access the DLL even though its my computer?
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  4. Samuria's Avatar
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    Depends what you want to do with a dll access its code so you can call it? This site has tools for dll DLL Export Viewer - view exported functions list in Windows DLL.

    You can view icons in dlls https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/i...perties-sheet/
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    cmmpro1 said:
    So I cant access the DLL even though its my computer?
    I'm not sure what you think 'the DLL' is but whatever you have in mind is mistaken. There is no such thing as the DLL.

    Actually there are thousands of .DLL files, each with a specific purpose. DLL stand for Dynamic Link Library, each .dll file is a library of executable code providing functions that can be called by other programs and code. There is nothing there for a human to read.

    To list all the DLLs that Windows uses, open a command prompt and type the command: dir C:\windows\system32\*.dll

    This produces a list of 3242 File(s) for my machine. Now, which one is the DLL you want to look at? For further understanding of what a DLL is (and what it is not) read the Microsoft link Berton gave you in post #2. For a less technical view, read: Lifewire - What Is a DLL File? (Dynamic Link Library)

    The Registry is another matter, that is readable (and editable) using Regedit. However, it is rather opaque reading and the fact that any changes you make in Regedit are effective instantly (there's no 'Save' option that you can back out of, you are modifying the system as it runs) it is best not to look unless you know what you are doing.
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