Fix joy.cpl Errors

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

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

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



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


Problems related to joy.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 joy.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of joy.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 joy.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 joy.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 91648 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 76b1274578a6743bcdc52999089c83a4
SHA1 1bc42df8bdc931541493049e7d1ad9d8fa3588af
SHA256 e659440d515c48dbbc7ce61129a16ea51f136b67e0b6ec42a9847398fdf65b05
CRC32 aa3fd613
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 136704 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 f499f8fe20654c3594acbe3f540e4b25
SHA1 cd8160b36449010231bcd967e365955f0e02588a
SHA256 9e4d452c7a1d2765d8659186a8543d7b6eb2507ae6ab9d9be22f2ad06aae83bb
CRC32 f102238b
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 137728 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 e7e5979ef328bba46ef62a5f2f33ce0e
SHA1 09acbeb992038addc421006d32d6a1c98094eda7
SHA256 5e69a0f27fc14ac36edda5a2551778ba7063d8b8e300a576bff6eeaad449357f
CRC32 726e75bb
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 143872 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 0cad035e5b9c22ac991cac59e9530f5b
SHA1 e6b61aae38cd690a98aa1d249a30cf34a35e6df0
SHA256 916cd681ee43cfef89a347e133cdaa66004a837a09b51294801a57987c88536b
CRC32 386fdedf
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 138240 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 1c0362308b40911b9069cb979cb73394
SHA1 c2cbf618cb21452d8ab9dcc92fb26f6be26f969e
SHA256 a2eacd9cb91373b9971e82857daceaad9b22630b4b381452bdac18e32d2c22f1
CRC32 14f1bd2f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 448512 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 4b5054be0b0426847c5e0e6699234b3c
SHA1 96b58746318c719fa9bdc5ee52c4ec7a78c4a2b1
SHA256 5c8fea74e94412052b7a44ecb4033ba53a6f5a15fdbe2a35221454da696a3dd2
CRC32 171247d0
Example file location ---
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 442368 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 fed96a7ca1154437416c2cd01bc5fe45
SHA1 a311a4ea50caf4b385536f087e3b9e6c77ae5a35
SHA256 1347bd6c3530eae91a5d90cf1f69b490a072f244601cd9a22b91d4a52fe48d7e
CRC32 41b92183
Example file location ---
Filename joy.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 68608 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 3334a50efb6c39ac9faa89612bc2ca3f
SHA1 3e2907a875edfe726ff22b534cfe6ca8f2c7e89a
SHA256 2e89074889fab49ed1c53ebd2f77544080a0cb4ee1d0457317c4fcb1d8cf24e7
CRC32 b37cf17e
Example file location ---