Detecting a missing DLL

Posted on 2002-03-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I am using VC++ 6.0. How can I determine if a required DLL is missing from with the app that
uses the DLL ?

Question by:pentomino
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Go to and get that tool. If a DLL is missing, it'll report it....
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BTW, it ships with VC6 as 'depends.exe'...

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I meant to ask how I can determine if it exists from WITHIN the application.
BTW I know the name of DLL.
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jkr earned 100 total points
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Oh, in this case, just call 'LoadLibrary()' - if it doesn't succeed, it is missing, it the call succeeds, call 'FreeLibrary()'...


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You may also want to check out

so that your app can get a chance to do the LoadLibrary test before it crashes.

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