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Unable to Load Library Libvlc: How to Fix VLC error Libvlc.dll Is Missing on Windows 10

VLC player has been around for a long, long time. It is an exceptionally stable app that continues to add features, matches, and outperforms many paid, and all stock media players that you find for just about every desktop or mobile OS there is.

In short, it’s an app that’s hard to compete with. To top it all off, it also supports a wide range of file formats and has support for extensions and skins.

Unable to Load Library Libvlc

Unable to Load Library Libvlc.dll

VLC player rarely struggles with a task but the app isn’t impervious to infections, malware, or general file corruption. If your system has crashed recently, you’ve restored your system, installed an OS update, or made any other significant changes to the OS, VLC player can be affected.

If you see the VLC error Libvlc.dll is missing error on Windows 10, the app is basically corrupt. The corruption may be partial i.e., you can use VLC player to play files but you cannot use it to burn something from a DVD, or it may be full i.e., you cannot run VLC player at all.

Fix VLC error Libvlc.dll is missing on Windows 10

Here’s how you can fix the problem.

Uninstall and reinstall VLC player

The Libvlc.dll file is not a registerable DLL which means, registring it via the Command Prompt is not an option. You can download the  DLL file from third-party sources but there is no telling if the file is safe or not. The safest thing to do is to manually uninstall VLC and install it again.

  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.


VLC player is a stable app but poorly developed plugins or problems with the OS may cause it to crash. If you’ve been having trouble with your Windows 10 installation in general, the VLC error is likely just another casualty of said problems.

Reinstalling VLC player will fix the error but if you do not figure out what caused it, and/or fix the problem with Windows 10, the error can resurface.

You can reinstall the app each time but it will get tedious and the problem won’t resolve itself long term unless you fix it. 

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