Troubleshoot rainbow.ani Errors and Download File

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

rainbow.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 rainbow.ani related errors on your device. You can also download rainbow.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 rainbow.ani
File extension ANI
Type System
Description Windows Animated Cursor
Program Windows XP
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version XP
File size 9824
MIME type application/unknown
Title Rainbow

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

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



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


Problems related to rainbow.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 rainbow.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.

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

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

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

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

If the steps did not solve your rainbow.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 rainbow.ani
System Windows Vista
File size 9824 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 9723efb202be72b8097a42e4d0483a60
SHA1 d6676be56c94487085b6439cadf45574322ebe81
SHA256 213d2eda6da7a7959e80d17efc12bc88e071aeb1cf46e91339f0d08ae7f00b23
CRC32 c3a64f15
Example file location C:\Windows\Cursors\
Filename rainbow.ani
System Windows XP
File size 9824 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 9723efb202be72b8097a42e4d0483a60
SHA1 d6676be56c94487085b6439cadf45574322ebe81
SHA256 213d2eda6da7a7959e80d17efc12bc88e071aeb1cf46e91339f0d08ae7f00b23
CRC32 c3a64f15
Example file location ---