WindowsUpdate.admx - Repair Issues and Download

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

WindowsUpdate.admx file Windows Group Policy Language-neutral. 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.admx related errors on your device. You can also download WindowsUpdate.admx 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.admx
File extension ADMX
Type System
Description Windows Group Policy Language-neutral
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 62804
Oldest file 2008-01-21
MIME type application/xml

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

If the steps did not solve your WindowsUpdate.admx 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.admx
System Windows 10
File size 62804 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 23706d2e68f31690c1b26a1e9cdb9621
SHA1 1b1a3e22acad81cf8199bf1e5c2577a76795403d
SHA256 01088c81687cfec97eb6f43e1458a34f0f375b64041cb2101fa966e38ddc6d84
CRC32 7139b8dd
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename WindowsUpdate.admx
System Windows 8.1
File size 23690 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 6847472a75b156f90da422014e7c09aa
SHA1 77d5cccdcded9391df280749a2cf009083e2f8d9
SHA256 bc30bc75c0dd8f0156757c55eb28ca50e6491b858bacecdb488aff9e4f417a4f
CRC32 3e259c3d
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename WindowsUpdate.admx
System Windows 8
File size 21920 bytes
Date 2012-06-17
File details
MD5 f74716eb9c6d24ebb31563cbb4153d18
SHA1 d4b48ff659449f4e9a37537c893f751bbff3701c
SHA256 2259f1daa7ea1f5ae91df879d4a1aa2d430a5b46b8c3aa506c4fc665ecd86ea2
CRC32 e630d960
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename WindowsUpdate.admx
System Windows 7
File size 19272 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 64c68a0b3f6faeed639ba34d024011ab
SHA1 8a920b13c95f3c6c3f9f180986bffda133cbae7e
SHA256 f4d0aca81cc7a6b4293e8c47a2e5bdb73787c8848d317b9f95afd3099fb35717
CRC32 89cb8e5d
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename WindowsUpdate.admx
System Windows Vista
File size 18009 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 36b520729cf93be8e3468f8613a8dace
SHA1 08d5525a6634574570711fb0ad9c97be4efbda8f
SHA256 3cc51433973d731d852d8ffaaee2525a1adeca071505918de36201c9b32431a8
CRC32 eae955a4
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\