Download appwiz.cpl to Fix Errors

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

appwiz.cpl file Shell Application Manager. 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 appwiz.cpl related errors on your device. You can also download appwiz.cpl 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 appwiz.cpl
File extension CPL
Description Shell Application Manager
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 appwiz.cpl file. appwiz.cpl 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 appwiz.cpl file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to appwiz.cpl 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 appwiz.cpl 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace appwiz.cpl 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 appwiz.cpl file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of appwiz.cpl 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 appwiz.cpl 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 appwiz.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 753664 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 97e8447132282221dc4246a764814609
SHA1 9a49685119564c37041efd2d784cffcb2d9a84d1
SHA256 130d97913dd9943f81368dc002ac9ec662d7d19cd4a8a8b650f61ce95e8364dc
CRC32 109e8b38
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 701440 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 155aa696af85ab333a176b04d2235161
SHA1 37822a4d65282b926ca67a196bb8cd2fe4f34df4
SHA256 06f8e9cb06cde22adb9cf3310cc9ba94f1188e8524bf9eb61ab62e349bc53968
CRC32 a57f7285
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 669696 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 08d1631faf39538a133d94585644d5a8
SHA1 df4ddae189e1bfb7347521e0c4539b823bca093e
SHA256 5bfa3945f9817d5cc58c635b2a8fc8018239c655e81a2818f8fb14d77e39fc88
CRC32 26c7338d
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 726528 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 587bb0fa7d11f81251539a630c097c8c
SHA1 1921ecc82d264a7a3fa936412155152cfe5d9b16
SHA256 592bb33e4995fc41c76584d677bfea95c21bc0b62879199d4759cb612da5a14f
CRC32 3517ab1c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 649216 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 8ec00cccbb3436d534fc8da85ff943bf
SHA1 dd61b5c9920277cef7b8bdebac92f417b0a803a7
SHA256 ec6a635d25784d6ddcf47fc78f7ef562106e7c1ddd1ed5df198abd3d3f506863
CRC32 884b632c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 1122304 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 19df185d42aa0de80ad78c58d4a4e936
SHA1 11260a9ef36732653022c6f58f5029b9014c04af
SHA256 8515e70cedea1d118f38933c69b665320dbdb6bcd6faf1f93f605cbbc412357e
CRC32 83103a81
Example file location ---
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 1321472 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 8565bedf9acd28a9a1ffaadc93f957c5
SHA1 35f87496daf136c4861cd2b7588fbb7852c98a5c
SHA256 d9d7caa02e12b08fa989917811a1f0cbcb962ca00c5e3fd80460ab3308e079d1
CRC32 cfde1967
Example file location ---
Filename appwiz.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 549888 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 7e43e181abdc1f304251b597da600d10
SHA1 1576fc9eb2f4b436e3fe1e01af3ff190703d9e90
SHA256 ce3b41c28cf53a8d9a0dbfdbbbe68f0f881514bc786d5f3d892346a61b2f8262
CRC32 0c3a3532
Example file location ---