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

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

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



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


Problems related to hdwwiz.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 hdwwiz.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of hdwwiz.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 hdwwiz.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 hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 373760 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 05837a5524ae35158bd510896d33a1a3
SHA1 f8a60c476094fb4b77b548474db85fa345230d05
SHA256 6685e4c284d001409704c2d17f499dede55e60577aa80001b5363d45d7b33089
CRC32 2dba21d9
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 232448 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 5451a719f938169e36c8abe30fd0e369
SHA1 3eab995ef4d95f5e6cf076434cb5c0fdab578566
SHA256 caf2e06f201b1e4bf1be14658f2c528940e964e49f09038953d21b0db3ecf3fe
CRC32 9afdbe54
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 232960 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 d83aab8855e173265485e90eee606849
SHA1 f3605226c22aab3e91604379f3cf9d5aee6c5137
SHA256 c986b1b15731c903d4fa5a2bbfb1a68dc3c3330a756ee2160b1096d2e458cf92
CRC32 ce5c9ab5
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 241152 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 2c33ec9af74e255acd9c19691c36f522
SHA1 183339bca347a591f23820b36ae6d7c1b72bb7b4
SHA256 7aa8c07a40648e70ec7dd09a38c0c26f190335072b4b6b8e1c566048608f2418
CRC32 c0a97f67
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 234496 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 c8026ce76e291e555a4a1f8b9d056a22
SHA1 f0367567194ac11e40a0b783eeed7b9076a8268f
SHA256 8514bc9e48b537f78559ee0b8f506fbcf952a49623965ea46de22f224ee1a8aa
CRC32 35e4b55f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 190464 bytes
Date 2006-11-02
File details
MD5 26cff76c43191f41b6ae0ca01a47e823
SHA1 a137b210eb68e77ffb9e703409756e3034735b3c
SHA256 d0cd20fadd0cba0104b8a2bcbb66720d35cf678aabf01d0055d6e20344dac041
CRC32 eb1a7968
Example file location ---
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 183296 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 e6aa6695662f37c54747257b79187391
SHA1 791d3c4adc3c734930067a0e9a16d1d62288a696
SHA256 83c6a25f6cb20f0a4758d8078f7e4ba236d526a95029308e2f608019a87e75f4
CRC32 b10d954e
Example file location ---
Filename hdwwiz.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 155136 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 daf5d86eb3ec52d6f79815f69e237f3d
SHA1 a878504b683eca151f48f8fa6f3898268db0ea92
SHA256 6e10ead8430679265358bab9f24816dd3653c7b177250dd5c6e5d4c24956486c
CRC32 c59703a3
Example file location ---