Troubleshoot Firewall.cpl Errors and Download File

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

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

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



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


Problems related to Firewall.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 Firewall.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of Firewall.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 Firewall.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 Firewall.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 5120 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 e53259e4a65661d12c91f90da80d43a9
SHA1 805d275707fc749a2271ce38573454ebdd651282
SHA256 6977840dcf99fb9fd5f5c2f3b8be2966c686b29f148c0a1a77f7377205ff891a
CRC32 6729897f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 5120 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 97b70408a8a192f736fb64d010f67bc5
SHA1 05b2d30a63127435eb526d202c7fbad8590cb130
SHA256 d9fc617fa283f14aecfb53686239df9a4a260bcee2ed9f8c2658f0b28e592438
CRC32 4dfb22a5
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 5120 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 1abc5cbce42aa266b687355a2fe8e8c1
SHA1 9c7fc16eb96bab8ee816981e94ec583b1cb288a9
SHA256 ea26816637ca530966a9eafe08c97ad5e1a705672774ad601a0e055c5be72fef
CRC32 1b8f4b72
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 4608 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 371f3248198fc6732d14f110495f25f6
SHA1 e2708bfe216694e0583794da4bc98cb9d3451278
SHA256 677f5cc6ac72f90581d98e6853508a5902ab00416d1b2cdea1e987a2242438e9
CRC32 677192bb
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 6144 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 3f3f7c3b9722912ddeddf006cff9d9d0
SHA1 c7b7c251d76aeb2e00da8a1bab757b7e153db891
SHA256 a433647c83c4a28ef9c3587a69035ab27b387b7879f33b7012b2eb8bb3b83947
CRC32 1c44e290
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 2278400 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 717e05338aaa8f1bf0efa6410aafd19b
SHA1 bb3fdf259335950970234d274a19e786a8e8136b
SHA256 e0313de2c750121888aaa953d1b8e7357ea832b291279ced06eca424ae9460cb
CRC32 d519df77
Example file location ---
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 2249216 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 f824ab6b4f32cda2f1750d3d9f5318b7
SHA1 06c3a31fc71b56c7b58d827dc1cebb6799c16555
SHA256 20c34d152db7907f52689c0b124e63935ffd849a5a80dde3442144e36f02d087
CRC32 9536be5f
Example file location ---
Filename Firewall.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 80896 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 2da9b2b1ce97a115bd0c178c0ff4791f
SHA1 d38675bb470d3492228cca2e951d4413879d542c
SHA256 bb32a98f87b6fbd993100187d900b43919db6b0bb00dd190e824942c9f020f6e
CRC32 eb534ce4
Example file location ---