The VLC media player has been around for a long time. It’s a remarkably stable tool that continues to add features, matches, and excels many commercial and stock media players available for almost every desktop and mobile OS.

In a nutshell, it’s a difficult app to beat. To top it off, it supports a diverse selection of file formats as well as extensions and skins.

How to Fix VLC error Libvlc.dll Is Missing on Windows 10

Unable to Load Library Libvlc.dll

Although VLC player rarely fails to complete a task, it is not immune to viruses, malware, or general file corruption. VLC player may be affected if your system has recently crashed, you’ve restored it, installed an OS update, or made any other significant modifications to the OS.

If you encounter a VLC error, On Windows 10, the Libvlc.dll file is missing, and the app is basically corrupt. The corruption may be partial, in which case you can use VLC player to play files but not to burn something from a DVD, or it may be complete, in which case you are unable to use VLC player at all.

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Fix VLC error Libvlc.dll is missing on Windows 10

Here’s how you can fix the problem.

Uninstall and reinstall VLC player

Because the Libvlc.dll file is not a registerable DLL, it cannot be registered using the Command Prompt. You can get the DLL file from third-party sources, but there’s no way of knowing if it’s secure. Manually uninstalling and reinstalling VLC is the safest option.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  3. Select VLC player from the list of apps.
  4. Click the Uninstall button at the top.
  5. VLC player will be uninstalled.
  6. Restart the system for good measure.
  7. Download VLC player from the official website.
  8. Run the installer and install VLC player.
  9. Open VLC player and the error will be resolved.

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VLC player is a solid app, however it can crash due to poorly built plugins or OS issues. If you’ve been having issues with your Windows 10 installation in general, the VLC error is most likely just another victim of those issues.

The error will go away if you reinstall VLC player, but if you don’t figure out what caused it and/or fix the problem with Windows 10, the error will come again.

You can keep reinstalling the software, but it will become boring, and the problem will not go away unless you address it.