Download and Fix format.com

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

format.com file Disk Format Utility. 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 format.com related errors on your device. You can also download format.com 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 format.com
File extension COM
Description Disk Format Utility
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Executable application
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 format.com file. format.com 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 format.com file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to format.com 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 format.com 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace format.com 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 format.com file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of format.com 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 format.com 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 format.com
System Windows 10
File size 45056 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 84e1222d5ad2b7a2a1889fb12572341f
SHA1 fc496a756b6e9cf434aa16d467a3a8af1afe2d01
SHA256 37800cb8eba527fc67e206042575eb989a6ebbd72e45ed52b586b4b14b7b6dbf
CRC32 8531eb4c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename format.com
System Windows 8.1
File size 42496 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 b783698aa88d5370e579a2d8ea671cac
SHA1 abf56e8c018a27af5e5c3747d5d72a0064793a88
SHA256 995d22e7c04a2d4711c71cf0aec2437205177162b0d4ec84247d2656e08be853
CRC32 568a0c58
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename format.com
System Windows 8
File size 38400 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 3f50b1d7aaa861c59f3e263cfd3015f9
SHA1 67162df9d1a730ee3428fb16b6ca55001a63e3c5
SHA256 b9e4cebe5f6667e8bb9f087f158b179ddc5922f0d1f697b02ed541326dfcf37e
CRC32 6d2d0e8a
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename format.com
System Windows 7
File size 34304 bytes
Date 2009-07-13
File details
MD5 492768f632f6e9a04e9da1dd594eb6a0
SHA1 c8e004aec1c30c37faf2aaabbb2dca53cc76dcb2
SHA256 244a3f2eb485b27629cfbd944cfedd9d504666d0675a12798cfcd1ee789cf794
CRC32 17fa716a
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename format.com
System Windows 7
File size 35840 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 6d2f3d25402b3a3981e884c59c7d4720
SHA1 13eedd1b28b06bed5a94f9b39feb8d9c087e8997
SHA256 055700b628a21d998485ac98736117681a095f2ddd5525171a44db8b4f90f80b
CRC32 8d0a851c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename format.com
System Windows Vista
File size 35328 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 3694c7bd80ae94a984afcd205eec961a
SHA1 e710113a6b88deb32eb530e850852a9589c308be
SHA256 53453f7d10313aa20f4ba7eff6d9d99dc65f568c8a2bc5ee25906b9c12c457c9
CRC32 6accb41c
Example file location ---
Filename format.com
System Windows Vista
File size 33280 bytes
Date 2006-11-02
File details
MD5 5910b07a4a4ddfed84a90547e3a0d998
SHA1 bfcab8b9b372fd6e0ac20a81296328daf07d1462
SHA256 ff2587c2ba7fbbf335830995dda9a7d2f72fb0d5892c4235d8d185a671533b4c
CRC32 afe6d11f
Example file location ---
Filename format.com
System Windows XP
File size 29696 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 a0f70edb428eab4422b665b1943626dd
SHA1 b6d704351dc8b2fbadb7765b8c0135a897b17935
SHA256 4531e3f59660f9b96ffb001ee69bd6e94d670e83bb8d499bddaad2b7c5646e8d
CRC32 ce1c1e5a
Example file location ---