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JSI Tip 2606. How do I use an older DLL for a specific application when a Windows 2000 update replaces a common DLL?

If you have a application that breaks because it needs an older version of a common DLL, you can cause that application to use the older DLL.

Copy the older DLL to the same folder as the 'AppName.exe'.
Create an empty (zero byte) file in this folder named


This causes Windows 2000 to search for DLLs in the application folder, before searching the standard path.

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