How to Download and Fix CredentialProviders.adml?

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing CredentialProviders.adml files. Situations like that can occur, for example, during a software installation process. Each software program requires certain resources, libraries, and source data to work properly. Corrupted or nonexistent CredentialProviders.adml file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

CredentialProviders.adml file Group Policy Language-Specific Administrative Template. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Windows software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of CredentialProviders.adml related errors on your device. You can also download CredentialProviders.adml file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

File info

General information
Filename CredentialProviders.adml
File extension ADML
Type System
Description Group Policy Language-Specific Administrative Template
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 7304
Oldest file 2006-11-02
MIME type application/xml
Fix File Errors

There are various types of errors related to CredentialProviders.adml file. CredentialProviders.adml file may be located in wrong file directory on your device, may not be present in the system, or may be infected with malicious software and therefore not work correctly. Below is a list of most common error messages related to CredentialProviders.adml file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • CredentialProviders.adml is corrupted
  • CredentialProviders.adml cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - CredentialProviders.adml
  • CredentialProviders.adml file error
  • CredentialProviders.adml file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register CredentialProviders.adml file:
  • CredentialProviders.adml file could not be loaded
  • CredentialProviders.adml file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because CredentialProviders.adml file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to CredentialProviders.adml can be addressed in various ways. Some methods are meant only for advanced users. If you don't have confidence in your skills, we suggest consulting a specialist. Fixing CredentialProviders.adml file errors should be approached with utmost caution for any mistakes can result in unstable or unproperly working system. If you have the necassary skills, please proceed.

CredentialProviders.adml file errors can be caused by various factors, so its is beneficial to try to fix them using various methods.

Step 1: Scan your computer for any malicious software

Virus Scan

Windows files are commonly attacked by malicious software that prevents them from working properly. First step in addressing problems with CredentialProviders.adml file or any other Windows system files should be scanning the system for malicious software using an antivirus tool.

If by any chance you don't have any antivirus software installed on your system yet, you should do it immediately. Unprotected system is not only a source of file errors, but, more importantly, makes your system vulnerable to many dangers. If you don't know which antivirus tool to choose, consult this Wikipedia article – comparison of antivirus software.

Step 2: Update your system and drivers.

Windows Update

Installing relevant Microsoft Windows patches and updates may solve your problems related to CredentialProviders.adml file. Use dedicated Windows tool to perform the update.

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "Windows Update" in the search field
  3. Choose the appropriate software program (name may vary depending on your system version)
  4. Check if your system is up to date. If any unapplied updates are listed, install them immediately.
  5. After the update has been done,restart your computer in order to complete the process.

Beside updating the system, it is recommended that you install latest device drivers, as drivers can influence proper working of CredentialProviders.adml or other system files. In order to do so, go to your computer or device producer's website where you will find information regarding latest driver updates.

Step 3: Use System File Checker (SFC) tool

System File Checker

System File Checker is a Microsoft Windows tool. As the name suggests, the tool is used for identyfing and addressing system file related errors, including those related to CredentialProviders.adml file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the CredentialProviders.adml file with properly working version. To use the tool:

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "cmd" in the search field
  3. Locate "Command Prompt" result – don't run it yet:
  4. Click the right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" option
  5. Type "sfc /scannow" in console prompt to start the program and follow the instructions

Step 4: Restoring Windows system

Windows Recovery

Another approach is to restore system to previous state, before the CredentialProviders.adml file error occured. In order to restore your system, follow the instructions below

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "System Restore" in the search field
  3. Start the system restore tool – it's name may differ depending on version of the system
  4. The application will guide you through the process – read the messages carefully
  5. After the process has finished, restart your computer.

If all the above-mentioned methods failed and the CredentialProviders.adml file problem has not been resolved, proceed to the next step. Remember that the following steps are intended only for advanced users.

Download and replace CredentialProviders.adml file

The last solution is to manually download and replace CredentialProviders.adml file in appropriate folder on the disk. Select file version compatible with your operating system and click the "Download" button. Next, go to your web browser's "Downloaded" folder and copy the downloaded CredentialProviders.adml file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of CredentialProviders.adml file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows Vista: ---

If the steps did not solve your CredentialProviders.adml file problem, you should consult a professional. A probability exists that the error(s) might be device-related and therefore should be resolved at the hardware level. A fresh operating system installation might be necessary – a faulty system installation process can result in data loss.

File versions list

Filename CredentialProviders.adml
System Windows 10
File size 7304 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 92bc2bc471cd375f2a0aa4214a4b883f
SHA1 283bfc0319f2655f1cf007024f986f66c9a1dc3e
SHA256 9fd19f6fbd48192d8aed63bc9160b657078694193d6249937e7f6c2576b262de
CRC32 3f7d52a8
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename CredentialProviders.adml
System Windows 8.1
File size 5460 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 b735ff00bd6511f0525c74881042cfbf
SHA1 f9540a99e5654ea5f6b7aaf49ce35f591cec2863
SHA256 ff1b853b846ea63064ad460b42c44230de008297b6a2ddb8daa48991a5684c14
CRC32 b899bc78
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename CredentialProviders.adml
System Windows 8
File size 4231 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 4a7e149866750f7f26132ed7cb255db7
SHA1 b2aebf8ac7bbd1068217ec872919a47aae3371b0
SHA256 a2557381a415bbefbde922642df2eb898002c5cce9e263facf8e64fdf4abaa7f
CRC32 e533596b
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename CredentialProviders.adml
System Windows 7
File size 3078 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 e8c7cc5017a5a9462b701a339b7cadef
SHA1 8fd0c0403fb426cf68a3b86aef28e30205f99c16
SHA256 418c12e6dada1c34974ba0abc2455532a6b124208279075ace0fdf8a4450911d
CRC32 bf4f87ac
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename CredentialProviders.adml
System Windows Vista
File size 3078 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 e8c7cc5017a5a9462b701a339b7cadef
SHA1 8fd0c0403fb426cf68a3b86aef28e30205f99c16
SHA256 418c12e6dada1c34974ba0abc2455532a6b124208279075ace0fdf8a4450911d
CRC32 bf4f87ac
Example file location ---