Windows.adml Troubleshoot and Download

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing Windows.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 Windows.adml file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

Windows.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 Windows.adml related errors on your device. You can also download Windows.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 Windows.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 9635
Oldest file 2006-11-02
MIME type application/xml

There are various types of errors related to Windows.adml file. Windows.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 Windows.adml file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to Windows.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 Windows.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.

Windows.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 Windows.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 Windows.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 Windows.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 Windows.adml file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the Windows.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 Windows.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 Windows.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 Windows.adml file

The last solution is to manually download and replace Windows.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 Windows.adml file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of Windows.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: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\

If the steps did not solve your Windows.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 Windows.adml
System Windows 10
File size 9635 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 c9d98fa3fdf2942c6c682559e485d16b
SHA1 54da0b381362ab201572b988662a65185c04d7e4
SHA256 e8424f842b98665d6f244bd9117b55e7e284492c2d4b3a0cb88dbd7df9b2afa8
CRC32 65575919
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename Windows.adml
System Windows 8.1
File size 7341 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 091ae0ec426bbe821c7c4a313fa3e5a5
SHA1 013191a0fef6551c71bcbd5823d0dc6c02867906
SHA256 fd871c109b4be893167d85e6c37792b70e2f251ddb9370d039161e3fe735bdcc
CRC32 0580827b
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename Windows.adml
System Windows 8
File size 6803 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 9f68b9b5eb577fa1b9a665a62c98b7ca
SHA1 d879ddacc61ae68b71c629cfa82ccb6a491df95d
SHA256 5c3e5497a5b81e6781efdb7e2799cf1d41725a8b3604be9bf618de2af651ee44
CRC32 315c7f6e
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename Windows.adml
System Windows 7
File size 6045 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 61efa5a868e885599cdba0542fe99a00
SHA1 9031e6533bc8ecbfda1b170c6dfbf2778747d145
SHA256 4fa801a94e9896e9dc4c2dec40adc0e30697db1eddd57073e4dd74ba52b6525d
CRC32 313a8d71
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename Windows.adml
System Windows Vista
File size 5543 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 a35ab614c16b3248052b0cf13b04ce2f
SHA1 685280b2a9039ecf248055ad83fd70435751b997
SHA256 3f7f70500ed8633d39f1a59257dc6f1f4f122a9309e051d7a7260186970e11c0
CRC32 77c2d6d8
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\