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how to find out dll files are using by which process(es)?

Posted on 2001-07-02
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When I was trying to delete/overwrite some dll files on my windows 2000, I got message says that the dll files are using by other processes. How do I find out which processes are using the dll files? Thanks.
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I'm not exactly sure how to get a list like that, but I do know that these two links deal with replacing or removing DLL files that are "in-use".

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q181/3/45.ASP

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q184/4/08.ASP

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This may be what you're looking for..

http://is-it-true.org/nt/atips/atips301.shtml

Dave
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by:PinTail
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There are several apps that will list all running processes, and their loaded modules (DLLS, OCXs, etc).

I have a simple commandline utility that I wrote which will also do this.  Let me know if you want it.
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by:stevezxu
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Yeah, PinTail, Can you send them to dragonsurf_nyc@yahoo.com? Thx.
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dcgames, since I don't have Windows Resource kits. Is there any other alternatives? Thanks.
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stevezxu

have you got VC++, I can send the sources, and you can build the utility yourself.

Or I can send from home tonight
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yeah, i have Visual Studio installed. Thanks.
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by:PinTail
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Sent,

Please let me know if you have any problems
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by:dcgames
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All of these files are available for download from the links I gave you (I think).

Dave
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by:stevezxu
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Dave, but I could not find the download for these files. Sorry for I am slow.

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by:CrazyOne
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Try this. What it does is to list the proccess's that are running and when you click a proccess it shows what dll's that proccess is using. When you open the program go to the menu and click on "View" and then select "View DLL's". It may take a little time playing with it before you get a handle on how to use it, but it is pretty straight foward.
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml

If you prefer a command line version of it then try this link.
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/handle.shtml


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Thank you all, they all work great, I wish I could give all of you the points.
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