Troubleshoot ncpa.cpl Errors and Download File

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

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

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



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


Problems related to ncpa.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 ncpa.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of ncpa.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 ncpa.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 ncpa.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 100864 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 5ebe0c7c4fe8f1950819bb361f89022a
SHA1 ad8fceee6bc9598c7a2f3d1806e66815290e0bf6
SHA256 378dd08d753ce9a5b7c22bd5820132ecd51b4964392831f84dd5625b0979cd64
CRC32 cbb4c6f9
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 100352 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 0f806c8a82bccfe4b0adf3d9d1c7dbcb
SHA1 672c85507b8f941a25d59888e4af225e68c9d6b6
SHA256 b003f708564b4507252e8aa0922adc16bc8484a1aa7803016fc6e10bda07959b
CRC32 c3d003be
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 100352 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 f53fd927bf75aa2d4478fc3ac393fb0e
SHA1 dfcbc0f2f11935b24cf11e4afa23f2bf47ed8291
SHA256 ef439ebeb86cd4924dde58ff87a18fc20a6ef50d41fdf4c7fe8a7c5127f96822
CRC32 ce96bd6b
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 101376 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 b6361f14140f96f1e2ede456febe3cb6
SHA1 2c9f3deb6fc68bd2ace9375f132847214751f584
SHA256 3664ae902cf319d6d5c63d2e713e328d1b624975db21837e2995054f217ec219
CRC32 4af1147c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 100352 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 ece6892b5a336c24aff77a06b0792b01
SHA1 89e6af833ec3ba000dce66549bad8597dff7bf1f
SHA256 27febbd6b1a1ccfab26142d9203eefcb3f3696abdb424e885ba83541e9b53335
CRC32 262e16ab
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 165888 bytes
Date 2006-11-02
File details
MD5 6898ae259a3e742005197666137e8c59
SHA1 378e30f82dd14acbb2273aa15fbb5c8b90f85784
SHA256 e3e9274254a7dacba6eb42efff16d2ca4091b11f2f433881d5cfb20bc0115ac7
CRC32 cdc8c905
Example file location ---
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 164864 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 cff86eb029de225746c2d7db445dc778
SHA1 980de74fb58256f5dd33eb5dfd16cb4e222ca2ad
SHA256 e8bf93cb6a8a2c3a591dd309099caade1903870fb1ee6cfaae20384eed07b5cf
CRC32 89f0548f
Example file location ---
Filename ncpa.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 35840 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 4170e1ff3bb69cd9cca58a1a0b8225cf
SHA1 b9d7104f16406225dc9e5ec7b25cdb46f780021e
SHA256 749d96e92f7b96915fcf0ad1ace4ba096b4a4d22aba2be3e2e2f6dcc87dc8f73
CRC32 3698ecb4
Example file location ---