Yep, I know that.
Yep, I've looked at the system32 & other folders many times before.
Yep, Photoshop does have a "plugin.dll" file.
I do have a bunch of Visual C++ files in Programs & Features.
Yep, I know all about the SysWow64 folder.
The DLL"s I'm referring to are the ones that all the PSP groups (including lesson groups) that I've been in have said that you need to "install" to run plugins in PSP. When I first started using PSP, I found a group called Stepping Stones through PSP. When you get to the lessons that require external plugins, they tell you about the DLL's that are required. Along with a couple other tips in case you still have problems after "installing" the DLL's.
For Windows 7 there is a file that contains 10 DLL's. (One of which is the plugin.dll file.) I've always used them and have had very little problems with my plugins...even with some of the really old ones.
I was afraid to "install" the ones for Windows 7 because I didn't want to mess anything up. But if it would hurt anything to add them, then I guess I will give it a try.
LeviFiction wrote:Well, first DLL stands for Dynamic Link Library. It's a computer program that holds a bunch of functions that other programs can call. Programs like plugins or PSP will look for and call special functions hidden within DLLs.
Since most Windows programs run off of DLLs (they have different names and extensions on different OSs) it's impossible for me to answer your question as I have no idea what DLLs you're talking about. Try opening your System32 folder sometime and taking a look at the vast number of DLLs available.
Photoshop has a special DLL called Plugins.dll (or something like that) that is sometimes required to run special plugins. And if they were compiled with Visual C++ there might be a need to add a Visual C++ runtime library to your system to get them to run if Windows 8 didn't come with it.
From there, as I imagine you know, 64-bit Windows requires that you add the 32-bit DLLs to the SysWow64 folder instead of the System32 folder in your WIndows directory. It doesn't hurt to add them since Windows isn't looking for them. Though I can't gurantee it will work. Your other option would be to try Windows 7 compatibility mode.