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How do I view a .dll file? I've renamed the file with .wri and I can read it, but it's in a computer language.  How do I view it in .dll form and have it in English language?  Is there a program which I can download for this?  Thank You for your time.

p.s. Please email me with an answer.
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you cant read a dll in english.
get a hex editor and that will make some of it readable.
using quickview will also let you see what it is supposed to be doing.
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Shane left you the following comment along with your grade:
When answering a question try telling the person the places to get what they need.

when posting a question with no points be glad you got any answer.

p.s.  Where do I get a hex editor or quickview nedell?

should be available on any of the win95 web sites. try www.windows.com
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haha...very funny...this is my first time, so i didn't know what points was anyhow...anyway i was lucky enough to get your sarcastic answer. (hehe) you can't argue with that.


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thats only because I'm a really nice guy.

Good luck. look for a program called uedit. works good and is easy to use.
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hehe.  Where can i find uedit?
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I dont remember where I found it. try any of the windows software sites. its made for 95 I believe. do a search from yahoo.
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If it's Window's 95, then I have a problem.  I'm running Windows 3.11.  Is there another program that I could use.
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by:nedell
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I cant help you with 31. never had one to use with 31.
there may be a 31 version. search thru yahoo as there are several good 31 (windows in general) sites that should have something. I had a hard drive crash and lost all my internet addresses so I cant give you the exact sites.
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How did your hard drive crash?
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I installed the short version of MSOffice97 and decided it was too slow. I tried to install the full version but it wouldnt work.
somewhere in my attempt to uninstall the program I goofed and ended up with an inaccesable drive. I had to format and reinstall everything. The good news is that Office is totally installed and almost everything works.That is one hell of a program. I have a program that tracks installations and Office put on 1500 files and made or changed 5500 entries in the registry. It is really nice to work with but I am amazed it works as well as it does with all the additions and changes it makes.
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Interesting, did you get the program free off the net or did you buy somewhere?
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No, this is one you have to buy.

The full version puts about 200meg on your hard drive. Even if it was free, at 3-6meg per hour download speed I'd pay for it.
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200 megs is a lot of memory..how many gigs you got anyway..
how good is your computer.

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right now I,ve got about 2.1 meg of drives (2).
A computer is only as good as the operator. Ive got a pentium60--no big deal generic clone. I did boost it up to 32meg ram in the winter and that was a good move. Can do more at one time now.
I'd like to upgrade to the biggest and best available before the plug and play hardware completely takes over but can't afford to right now.

any luck finding a hex editor.
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by:Shane040697
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Hey, guess what I found a hex editor but i don't know how to work  it very well.  It'll open a .dll file but it don't read it very good.  I guess your right. You can't view a .dll file in the English language.  What is a .dll file anyway.  Is there anyway to edit the file to your likings.

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dll stands for dynamic link library.
basically it is a file written for a program to use so the program knows what other system files it has a conection to. they are basically system type files and really shouldnt be changed if you want your programs to work the right way.
the hex editor reads the file just fine but you cant understand it as it is not in english but in machine language so the computer can understand it. it is not intended that you be able to read or change it unless you are a programmer capable of knowing what it is doing and how. I am not that advanced at this point nor may I ever be.
you can get some idea of what it is doing from the short english words on the right side of the edotor and using quickview will show you in english the links that are being established. One of the biggies is the link to kernal, which is the "quarterback" of the operating system. That file controls what can happen with any given set of files and programs.
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