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How do you view DLL contents?

by WolfeBay / December 13, 2004 5:33 PM PST

I've been wondering for a while, how do you open and view the contents of a .DLL File to see whats going on on the inside? I had read the new Netscape Prototype browser is using a certian .dll file as the MSIE rendering engine and I was wondering what it looks like on the inside.

Thanks!
-WolfeBay

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Re: How do you view DLL contents?
by TONI H / December 13, 2004 8:35 PM PST

I use a free little program called Peek....you right click the INF file and choose Install from the menu after you extract the .zip download to a folder by itself.

Once installed, you can right click lots of various file types, including .dll types, choose Peek, then use Standard from the menu choices and it will display nearly everything in English in Notepad.

http://members.ping.at/mlubich/

TONI

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Re: How do you view DLL contents?
by WolfeBay / December 13, 2004 9:20 PM PST

Thanks! Works in Windows XP too even though the website says Windows95 and NT 4.0. Thanks a bunch!

-WolfeBay

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W95
by TONI H / December 13, 2004 10:02 PM PST

was when I first came across this program and have carried it with me from computer to computer over the years and discovered, like you, that it still works in every version. Probably because it only makes a small entry in the registry for right click ability and never messes with the system files at all. I would be lost with this program as it has given me the ability to get into install files for programs that have given me headaches in order to see what kinds of settings it changed in order to trouble shoot issues and get to the source of the problem. You can even view .nfo files that would otherwise be inaccessable, too.

TONI

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Um?
by Ugg / December 15, 2004 1:28 PM PST
In reply to: W95

Hi Toni:

What are .nfo files? Thanks.

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NFO files
by TONI H / December 15, 2004 10:48 PM PST
In reply to: Um?

and other extensions can be found at this great site that explains what they are and what types of programs use them. Usually NFO files installed by programs are the files that hold the serial/code/key/license numbers for those programs during the installation process. I usually check these files with Peek and keep a text file for myself (updated all the time) that I print out so if anything happens to my install cd (or even downloaded registration information for programs I've purchased) I can eliminate alot of hassle trying to contact the companies to get those numbers again for a reinstall.

http://filext.com/

TONI

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Thanks Toni.
by Ugg / December 16, 2004 1:01 PM PST
In reply to: NFO files

Now I have more to read. Happy

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