On Windows, Dynamic Link Libraries (DLL) play a key role in the operation of various apps. Hence, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for signs of DLL-related issues and take action before the performance of Windows apps suffers. You keep seeking a warning about “Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application” in Event Viewer but don’t know what to do? In that case, you should find this article useful.
The Number One Suspect: LoadAppInit_DLLs
Different people have different ideas about the “Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application” warning. Still, it’s believed that there is a connection between the warning and LoadAppInit_DLLs. In Windows Registry, a key can have a value of 0 (not cached) or 1 (cached). If you see the “Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application” warning, the value of LoadAppInit_DLLs is cached.
What Must Be Done
You see the “Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application” warning every time you open the Event Viewer? In that case, you should consider changing the value of LoadAppInit_DLLs at the earliest opportunity.
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type regedit and hit Enter/
- Step 2: In Registry Editor, navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\
- Step 3: Search for the LoadAppInit_DLLs key, right-click on it and choose Modify.
- Step 4: Change its value from 1 to 0, click OK and close Registry Editor.
- Step 5: Restart your computer, open Event Viewer and determine whether the warning is still there.
A Summary Of Event Viewer
All in all, Event Viewer is a Windows component designed to display logs of data regarding activities on computers. Whenever the OS executes a specific action, it sends a notification to Event Viewer. Examples include warnings, updates, errors, security updates, Operating System (OS) changes, driver software adjustments, hardware malfunctions, etc. Thus, you could think of Event Viewer as a database that records and categorizes activities on your computer.
How To Access The Windows 10 Event Viewer
- Step 1: Go to Search bar.
- Step 2: Type Event Viewer.
- Step 3: Hit Enter
- Step 1: Press Windows + R to open Run.
- Step 2: Type eventvwr and click OK.
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Enter.
- Step 2: In Command Prompt, run the command eventvwr.
Insight Into Event Viewer Usage
Upon opening the Event Viewer, you will be presented with your computer’s activity logs. The Event Viewer (Local) tab will be selected by default in the Left-side pane. Its contents will be presented in the central pane under Overview and Summary. From this section, the user can observe a Summary of Administrative Events, Recently Viewed Nodes and a Log Summary. Also, there will be some Actions also displayed to the right. Back in the Left-side pane, users will find a list of expandable options. The most essential ones among them are Custom Views and Windows Logs.
Expand the Custom Views tab to view Administrative Events. These are activities that are triggered by applications, peripherals and components in your system.
Expand the Windows Logs tab to reveal a collection of different Windows event logs each with its own specialty. They include Application, Security, Setup, System and Forwarded events. The Application events log contains details of errors, information and warning reports. The Security events log contains details of security audits. The Setup events log tabulates the domain controller which verifies users on computer networks. The System events log details the system file reports. Lastly, the Forwarded log displays the events which are sent to your computer from other machines in the same network.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the levels of severity in Event Viewer entries?
Windows Event Viewer’s levels of severity in ascending order consist of information, warning, error and critical error.
How long should I keep Event Viewer logs?
It is best to keep the Windows Event Viewer logs for at least 6 months. To do so, increase the maximum log file size.
Where are the Event Viewer logs stored?
Your Windows 10 system stored the Event Viewer logs in the WINNT or Windows directory within %WinDir%\system32\config.
What is the difference between events and logs?
In layman’s terms, logs are records of data. On the other hand, events are system activities that enable the administrator to see patterns in the data.
Which is the minimum event log size?
Your system’s Event Log should have a minimum event log size of 10MB.
Tips And Tricks
- While setting the Event Viewer log size, you may want to set the retention method to Overwrite events as needed.
- Find out the type of log that’s displayed in Event Viewer by referring to the Level column. In that section of the interface, you will find the type of log that is listed.
- Following crashes, open Event Viewer and refer to the Date and Time column to trace exactly when the responsible event commenced. In the event of a serious crash, take note of its Event ID and look it up online to get more information.
- For accurate network administration, create backups of your Event Viewer logs by selecting the option to Save and Clear. By doing so, you could keep logs for future reference.