Fix VBICodec.ax Errors

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

VBICodec.ax file Microsoft VBI Codec. The file was developed by for use with software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of VBICodec.ax related errors on your device. You can also download VBICodec.ax file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP 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 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP

File info

General information
Filename VBICodec.ax
File extension AX
Description Microsoft VBI Codec
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Dynamic link library
System Windows NT 32-bit
Copyrights © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Character set Unicode
Language cod English (U.S.)

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

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



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


Problems related to VBICodec.ax 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 VBICodec.ax 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace VBICodec.ax 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 VBICodec.ax file.

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

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your VBICodec.ax 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 VBICodec.ax
System Windows 10
File size 138240 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 a76e423bedba6eec74bc24bc8b00ea9d
SHA1 04b20c0718d12b18d9fdd7f0573e9a8e46fe377b
SHA256 fe79399b2aa03f33dfada8b6c0cefec0729b98dfe6d3dcc747c84ec3ae8490df
CRC32 a03247d8
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows 8.1
File size 131072 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 0f0c3358fd38e8dacbcf0efa8f0ea22a
SHA1 43ac36ed5747259d9f3dcce0f00bdce42f2babf6
SHA256 beb7383773f2c5e613fd3cbcd92dd4ba442451554f79d55f0b4360facd76ff94
CRC32 decb64b0
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows 8
File size 125952 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 51507095d12e92f88e73ca2428299d3b
SHA1 b52933a0ed6b6130a16fd02e49a1d852108c5afb
SHA256 2083294d1fbffc2398e913aba0be4b0e4c2f97c475236c3d8f1650286e6a1846
CRC32 438194ba
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows 7
File size 196096 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 3dc58e2ca9a146a65f2066f2dc983898
SHA1 3375bc1fa9387e7044023a1daa0e73f82dfefbcd
SHA256 374288168c029f618ff521288367be14eff8048f01c49106ba6b2e81740a73e5
CRC32 0b1a5249
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows 7
File size 153600 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 4d6262d5cffa7d932126d2b85c373f87
SHA1 c41bbf02c74c8f39a83240e3eb2345b39850d57c
SHA256 4bd273d06dbf9c91da0b5865605001e5df9095e92680d4ddbe1bf98a88fb96f3
CRC32 71602841
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows Vista
File size 164864 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 08bda752b87cff057177f7a93d5de353
SHA1 6ab776fa47dc36db522b29eba87c1a9d2dbd03d0
SHA256 0351c8d779adfc51bc6dbf7556abe7010dbedee919ce176b08e909715ab04915
CRC32 7d314ff1
Example file location ---
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows Vista
File size 211968 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 0d9e1a2b01c9b2e02bcfa9534a6342d8
SHA1 47f2250ec20f49c36ab7cb808a34589f53ee4eca
SHA256 3e2c1008eb4c4f39d106e8e5584d6479f6180544647d2400150dd67e1c94c2af
CRC32 75b1f1ab
Example file location ---
Filename VBICodec.ax
System Windows XP
File size 53248 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 8c68e7b815b225220af43abfdda38aab
SHA1 dc50140d6f88ded88b80dd9c607b7382f315e03e
SHA256 f3e19a292a9c46e164d9dd3b72abd2835bb5d5c306e80030325e40b52630b963
CRC32 130c4469
Example file location ---