Hid.dll Not Found or Missing Error on Windows 10/11

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The relationship between the MS Windows 10/11 operating system and its users is complex. The platform is undisputed, racking over a billion devices running it. Yet, bugs, errors, as well as constant system crashes spoil the fun. Here and then, users come across various issues that can hinder one’s system input. Among the infamous issues is the Hid.dll not found or missing error.

What is Hid.dll?

Hid.dll is an MS dynamic link library file that works along with other applications and processes. The Hid.dll (Hid User Library) is vital to the system. So, if you encounter an error related to it, address the issue immediately.

There are various factors that can lead to the occurrence of this error. Troubleshooting the source of this issue can be challenging, considering that it can point to different causes. Some of the issues behind it include malware infection, inconsistency within the registry, missing hid.dll file, or a corrupt application.

In this piece, we will offer various approaches to fixing the error. Several forums online can offer a download for the missing dll. file. Although they claim the file is clean, you might find yourself with a malware-filled computer. Rather, access the official MS site to download the file.

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How to Fix the Hid.dll not Found or Missing Error

If you’re wondering how to fix hid.dll errors in Windows 10/11, try out the solutions below. Note that each fix is suitable for a particular scenario. If you’re not sure of what caused the problem, then apply these solutions in their order.

Solution #1: Restore the File from the Recycle Bin

Before getting into complex stuff, let’s start with an easy approach to fix the missing hid.dll file issue. The file can get deleted by mistake and moved to the recycle bin. Thus, visit the recycle bin to check for the file. If it is there, right-click on it and select Restore from the context menu. Once you’ve done this, the file will return to its original location. Reboot the system and check if the problem has been fixed.

Solution #2: Reinstall the Corrupt Application

If the error only occurs when you attempt launching a particular application, chances are that you’re dealing with a corrupt program. Reinstalling the affected application can help solve the problem.

  1. Launch the Run dialog by pressing the Windows + R keys. In the text field, type “appwiz.cpl” (no quotes) and hit the Enter key to launch the Programs and Features window.
  2. Now, among the list, search for the affected program and click on it and select Uninstall.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the removal of the problematic application.
  4. When done, restart the computer and reinstall the previously affected application.
  5. Now, check if the issue has gone. If it persists, remove the app and check if the error goes. If it works, consider an alternate app to the one causing the issue.

Solution #3: Perform an SFC/DISM Scan

The System File Checker (SFC) is an important Windows 10/11 built-in utility. It also fixes common system file issues. It does not only scan to detect corrupt files, but it also replaces them with fresh copies fetched from a local directory. Although quite effective, it’s best to use this utility along with DISM scan for better results. The former fetches the fresh copies of the corrupt system file from a cloud server.

  1. Open the Run dialog by pressing the Windows + R keys. In the text field, type “cmd” (no quotes) and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to launch an elevated Command Prompt.
  2. When prompted by the UAC, click on the Yes button to give admin privileges.
  3. In the Administrator: Command Prompt filed, type the following command and hit the Enter key:
    sfc /scannow
  4. Wait for the SFC operation to complete. It can take up to 15 minutes, depending on your processor.
  5. Once done, restart the computer and head back to the Administrator: Command Prompt window.
  6. This time, type the following command and hit the Enter key:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    Since the system fetches the fresh copies from an online server, your PC connect to a stable network for this utility to work.
  7. Wait for the process to complete. Reboot the computer and check if the issue has been resolved.

Solution #4: Perform a System Restore

When there are major system changes, the machine creates a restore point. This is vital as it makes it possible to roll back your entire system before the occurrence of the hid.dll file error. This feature can only be used if Protection had been previously enabled.

  1. Press the Windows key and type “Create a restore point” (no quotes) before pressing the Enter key.
  2. From the emerging results, select ‘Create a restore point’ under the Control Panel category.
  3. Access the System Protection tab, select the storage drive affected under Protection Settings. Then, click on System Restore.
  4. Wait for the process to complete and restart your computer.

We hope either of these solutions has helped fix the missing hid.dll file error. Remember, there is no smoke without fire. Such errors are usually a sign of malware presence in your system. Make a habit of performing periodical full system security scans using a trusted software protection suite. This will help keep your computer performance at its greatest level.

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