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Why are .libs so much smaller than .dlls? At least in Windows.

For instance, Windows 10 1904, winhttp.lib is 17,924 bytes long. But winhttp.dll is 585,728 bytes long.
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My dumb analogy would be dll = exe, lib = source code.
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Dll's may have the CRT and other dependencies linked into it so it can work across Visual studio versions, static libs often don't
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