How to Repair powercfg.cpl? Download Now

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

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

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



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


Problems related to powercfg.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 powercfg.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of powercfg.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 powercfg.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 powercfg.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 207360 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 383a5043a818ac2fb1a4b95490c3fcb4
SHA1 d56dc8907367282c1101d2a5ec0ca0383df9e141
SHA256 e8365b00172322aeb5ec68f6b87bd211cdcc7bfdab3a5477afc884eb480ae3a2
CRC32 0d7cbee8
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 202240 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 9d0d221f436002b4f8ebf717439663a1
SHA1 020f22c22fc11198c50af6ac730cf81a7dd46922
SHA256 233478055b8b554e771e484a13c19f42e46be6e7459640da086e404579258b68
CRC32 115d08d6
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 144896 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 5123a54b3ca9b92db7199da0e94b7576
SHA1 fdfd77a654e46a42ccaac6b4fee93c4edec333ee
SHA256 4e1f26b909d88c26edd815a32066cc464db253f6448af545c9bd860f12554236
CRC32 064b4447
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 173568 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 ac2170d1ddeea5cede106da188f18138
SHA1 cb32c57d4e8f4f9899a39771ee10941d4c133110
SHA256 cf4f770ed9251891f32711fae283e425e0cdc2485a84ca279680bc46843d60ef
CRC32 614ce8f7
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 142336 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 d8868258e3f26b40ecb8e945c2da8bd9
SHA1 6a94f164a11c5f09229567f7c59a41f9e6520578
SHA256 dd5f89fb23fc5e7d0affb469ee2578cbfda6736f50def60072287bac3b7c23a2
CRC32 3f819295
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 186368 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 da70de606de15ae140c3e7d444509550
SHA1 c2f5580d62acc63e3986ede88397ff8f89d3f4d2
SHA256 37835d920afdf7f398b8f8a8a4675d1a77a73947a9963cfa65189eaede06fbb4
CRC32 fbe4fd9f
Example file location ---
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 163328 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 f6463f46b7cc6414fea24c3c2c336f15
SHA1 38e7fc87d6b2721e274c8063d13c52dd26fdff7c
SHA256 dc43eb7995a36dc8f61c32acc8834605eb8e653255add432d5d979160cdd5106
CRC32 078fec18
Example file location ---
Filename powercfg.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 114688 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 e49f2b510a4309dd3fcb437c5b8024b2
SHA1 58ec6ed9f458018c89af525142bb77a988b0003a
SHA256 047cfe207d031983ba6f86aa2a131c2187ee616738bd017fcd63bc887f4b425a
CRC32 1b9f71af
Example file location ---