desk.cpl - How to Fix? Download Now

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

desk.cpl file Desktop Settings Control Panel. 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 desk.cpl related errors on your device. You can also download desk.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 desk.cpl
File extension CPL
Description Desktop Settings Control Panel
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 desk.cpl file. desk.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 desk.cpl file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to desk.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 desk.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of desk.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\SysWOW64\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your desk.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 desk.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 166400 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 4fa23bbac2984b3c087416302c67fd70
SHA1 e9e4a31fd06f3f18ea63de60f9c945030b3ddd5d
SHA256 ef95df8dbcdd9f8528adbc5543ff089dafb91223dba44dd775be9335c185255d
CRC32 ebe03bbd
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 168448 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 0ac27915e8f2329faa2798d4ebddd830
SHA1 c82aa84f1d3a542d1b750376462dcb326da814c4
SHA256 40277146ee4cf50050bdc5f2235baae1c11d4d88378cc0096f65f62a4ac4ca35
CRC32 72596da1
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 197632 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 c4698846b77c8dab54ecfa0206465980
SHA1 c69e68ba234d9236e6a9e370be9ec48155c7b3a3
SHA256 03bb635b01783a5ae23737ba6595ffaeb0420bafc57a0a9b65510cd2ce14630b
CRC32 28f86362
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 128000 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 079d12bfed9e3e03d02a44baf8ffa3a9
SHA1 e552a73b6a7f1d4d5b9dcf9a7546c84d71baa3d3
SHA256 1134021402a474a8b2025aa4e612421d0f07ce8c9f06235924c82048011feb48
CRC32 6296b44c
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 130048 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 f0c6a924caed0d26e7150f4009384aa6
SHA1 e4b825246c072b5fac45c93e289bba7ea2f27e5e
SHA256 15f2f383795da0fd3053418b3dbdcc3d818e63e6b2038316ae75256f9703613d
CRC32 d6867327
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 371200 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 89761f7317dfe02d362fcbcd1c689402
SHA1 8d0905757ce95372bf87326ccc1037afbf97fcea
SHA256 a073f9ca5a15952358fe31d2637915d360d27ea3fe036a7a5c6b38bdd16130d8
CRC32 3194774b
Example file location ---
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 368640 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 ef130f7c8036f4150c9068717f417a91
SHA1 b9b9d9f4e3cbab538c4cbaceec1de5987e543a48
SHA256 cb8f021c0e98a1d163c0323feb17ef1c2c42a1b5da447bae40c317bfdeddf272
CRC32 7b4776e1
Example file location ---
Filename desk.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 135168 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 b4ed498e3bfee64e952bc44fc6057db8
SHA1 1429913c8a27982454a595abe878e7cd583eda29
SHA256 1fb5abae69103bf477f704189d75b0395f587234bfe94f9f79961d8fe2ce55ac
CRC32 7d919497
Example file location ---