How to Download and Fix autoexec.bat?

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

autoexec.bat file DOS Batch. 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 autoexec.bat related errors on your device. You can also download autoexec.bat file compatible with Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows 8.1, Windows 8

File info

General information
Filename autoexec.bat
File extension BAT
Type Script
Description DOS Batch
Software
Program Windows XP
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version XP
Details
Oldest file 2012-07-26
Latest file 2017-04-24
autoexec.bat

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

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

autoexec.bat

Error

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

OK

Problems related to autoexec.bat 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 autoexec.bat 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace autoexec.bat 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 autoexec.bat file.

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

  • Windows 10: C:\
  • Windows XP: C:\
  • Windows 8.1: ---
  • Windows 8: ---

If the steps did not solve your autoexec.bat 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 autoexec.bat
System Windows 10
File size 24 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 d9ebec6668a6092fcbd1713c347aa5e0
SHA1 e8f2df75aca93cbf9176127593092713e8bcdc94
SHA256 7e963fca61d4650c67519ff2669edac325813621392040930bc11aecda91a498
CRC32 787b59ed
Example file location C:\
Filename autoexec.bat
System Windows XP
File size 0 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
SHA1 da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709
SHA256 e3b0c44298fc1c149afbf4c8996fb92427ae41e4649b934ca495991b7852b855
CRC32 00000000
Example file location C:\
Filename autoexec.bat
System Windows 8.1
File size 24 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 d9ebec6668a6092fcbd1713c347aa5e0
SHA1 e8f2df75aca93cbf9176127593092713e8bcdc94
SHA256 7e963fca61d4650c67519ff2669edac325813621392040930bc11aecda91a498
CRC32 787b59ed
Example file location ---
Filename autoexec.bat
System Windows 8
File size 24 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 d9ebec6668a6092fcbd1713c347aa5e0
SHA1 e8f2df75aca93cbf9176127593092713e8bcdc94
SHA256 7e963fca61d4650c67519ff2669edac325813621392040930bc11aecda91a498
CRC32 787b59ed
Example file location ---