Can I delete DLL and INI files?

Question

WHAT ARE DLL/INI FILES? What is DLL file and what is INI file? There are so many of them in my hard disk. What do they do in my system? May I delete/edit them? With kind regards.

Answer

This question was answered on March 26, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The DLL means Dynamic Link Library These files are used by various programs in Windows to perform common tasks It is definitely *not* okay to delete or edit the DLL files in the \windows\system\ directory since those are used by multiple programs It's only safe to delete DLL files that are in same directory of a program you want to delete INI files are files used to store settings for programs They usually stay in the same directory as the program they belong to, but some programs like to put them in the \windows\ directory These can be viewed and edited with any text editor, but it is highly recommended you back up any INI files before editing them Some INI files in the \windows\ directory are orphaned from the programs that created them Only delete these if you are certain you won't need them anymore.

rmarchi

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Posted by ricardo of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 26, 2003