Fix WindowsProducts.adml Errors

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

WindowsProducts.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 WindowsProducts.adml related errors on your device. You can also download WindowsProducts.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 WindowsProducts.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 6121
Oldest file 2008-01-21
MIME type application/xml

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

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



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


Problems related to WindowsProducts.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 WindowsProducts.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of WindowsProducts.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 WindowsProducts.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 WindowsProducts.adml
System Windows 10
File size 6121 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 0653b7d49845d1718b127d9c0344947f
SHA1 0de241a5cca36ac5fcf4daa721601adc8357781f
SHA256 ca7570cb94313d1381531fa9d87ca6dea5b7eb93d6b4a1eebc31f55bc515320e
CRC32 e0c71bbe
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsProducts.adml
System Windows 8.1
File size 5639 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 14c496dde1d1acc8b3809cf194122870
SHA1 4a500c7707fd2791a0118c078d5113b0ef4a2844
SHA256 c662d7e4bf2848728b8f335734cb6500c40e88727f1abfabcd1e097b4c6b4fb3
CRC32 f311178c
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsProducts.adml
System Windows 8
File size 5081 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 66d5067e44dc1ae07b4d0625455bb88d
SHA1 0a7b479044a0d6d67414bbaa27e2be7c5eeecfb0
SHA256 f12190c789b60e7f5aad578373f783c578ff6e62577244ec282f089a30a7e68d
CRC32 6d8af3e5
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsProducts.adml
System Windows 7
File size 4398 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 62b7d1a7eadcd1c269049faf9e8805bc
SHA1 d51f210900d69d2043701f54266d9834e4a5792b
SHA256 cdc0e276a559de0d44f2461328b737676a7050193855c533dbe424d319f93366
CRC32 ce82c2b5
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsProducts.adml
System Windows Vista
File size 4253 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 9adab22bdbb51f70504bf5553b9f0808
SHA1 18b16571e1d5de53341706ca803960685804b404
SHA256 4b2b9fdc6739baebf03c51b8056a7463d921cebe7000fa91401f4d0f36e83b85
CRC32 dc7de895
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\