handwait.ani Troubleshoot and Download

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

handwait.ani file Windows Animated Cursor. 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 handwait.ani related errors on your device. You can also download handwait.ani file compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows Vista, Windows XP

File info

General information
Filename handwait.ani
File extension ANI
Type System
Description Windows Animated Cursor
Software
Program Windows XP
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version XP
Details
File size 7530
MIME type application/unknown
Title Hand (Wait)
handwait.ani

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

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

handwait.ani

Error

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

OK

Problems related to handwait.ani 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 handwait.ani 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace handwait.ani 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 handwait.ani file.

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

  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\Cursors\
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your handwait.ani 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 handwait.ani
System Windows Vista
File size 7530 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 07bc4fc52134c34398933fb10874033b
SHA1 bf7ac340c70d985907b2b58999bc3a92a0d882f8
SHA256 6db52d178695d3aa2b645ecb26529bf6bf826763e6ac3dfcbb1c3956bad4eb2f
CRC32 6fa1ca59
Example file location C:\Windows\Cursors\
Filename handwait.ani
System Windows XP
File size 7530 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 07bc4fc52134c34398933fb10874033b
SHA1 bf7ac340c70d985907b2b58999bc3a92a0d882f8
SHA256 6db52d178695d3aa2b645ecb26529bf6bf826763e6ac3dfcbb1c3956bad4eb2f
CRC32 6fa1ca59
Example file location ---