Troubleshoot WindowsUpdate.adml Errors and Download File

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

WindowsUpdate.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 WindowsUpdate.adml related errors on your device. You can also download WindowsUpdate.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 WindowsUpdate.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 53511
Oldest file 2008-01-21
MIME type application/xml

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

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



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


Problems related to WindowsUpdate.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 WindowsUpdate.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of WindowsUpdate.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 WindowsUpdate.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 WindowsUpdate.adml
System Windows 10
File size 53511 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 74b22510a07d9ec56e8b9cfec57f245d
SHA1 92d76555ff5c7e142a46a76d7f33cd3b34edc227
SHA256 79b18963d1ddd668310dfab62a4466805c04b686108147d30d74c75d34ffd2c3
CRC32 fc106da4
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsUpdate.adml
System Windows 8.1
File size 32480 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 a420f5dbe13ba2e5e46a8570a986e740
SHA1 caf4ddda5df06bc0acd4f970e242c0d927058d7d
SHA256 3b33ffcf0ef234bb90b5325612d2623c45b97e770e44298f6265a284cc14b7f6
CRC32 c10357f6
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsUpdate.adml
System Windows 8
File size 31605 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 a5cfb5fccdff9a54e14e33b4fb368688
SHA1 2acfbcba873aaf8b22dc4be1dd976997e274b5de
SHA256 11c53c5e0b53a951d3c86b326743e65fb8aa219b322edff43a22c66056cd6d5d
CRC32 046b5ae7
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsUpdate.adml
System Windows 7
File size 28265 bytes
Date 2011-04-12
File details
MD5 2f2841c538dab6d570c1bb24757d7c60
SHA1 63ef60e7db68c9187b4ab3200c1dd91a71884452
SHA256 53da79caa396f6646e9fe6ce65507d9ec0fa62570336fb863d637f106a3f63f6
CRC32 158c96bc
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename WindowsUpdate.adml
System Windows Vista
File size 24654 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 6783f0cbb1ff0a6bfffdcebc6457f293
SHA1 05bb601bc792d55c50c3d1e521650dcbf4837a24
SHA256 7f7405046767477abb0863fed7f25a86efcfd448b60ecccd3fb482cc51f9a05a
CRC32 2096571d
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\