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what is the difference between .exe files and .dll files?
Posted 30-Jun-11 2:42am
Updated 30-Jun-11 3:48am
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Solution 1

At the most basic level, an exe is an executable file that can be run, whereas a DLL is a library that needs to have something external to it call it's functions. An executable has a well defined start point (typically known as Main) that is responsible for setting up the calls to the rest of the program, and triggering processing functionality. A DLL does not have this start point.
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Solution 2

An exe is a program or an application, a DLL contains functions that programs or applications can use.

I'm sure someone can provide something more comprehensive but I believe that is it basically.

See this for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic-link_library[^]
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Pete O'Hanlon 30-Jun-11 8:51am
   
Yup, that about covers it.
Alison P 30-Jun-11 8:54am
   
Ta :)
Pete O'Hanlon 30-Jun-11 9:05am
   
That's why I voted 5;)
Nagy Vilmos 30-Jun-11 9:24am
   
Why are you thanking yourself ;)
Alison P 30-Jun-11 9:37am
   
Lunacy ;)

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