Fix sysdm.cpl Errors

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

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

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



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


Problems related to sysdm.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 sysdm.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of sysdm.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 sysdm.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 sysdm.cpl
System Windows 10
File size 308224 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 00e93f405e57e95237003661a28b66e6
SHA1 0888525965c73812be70abfab4627d7a3059c882
SHA256 edb37416dcff9dc4c367858757ded559fda28823942ed724bf563ac9b764a730
CRC32 ac7df26a
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows 8.1
File size 287232 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 68428124cc059dfd0972a7ce4f9a565e
SHA1 fb01a8ca3aefc5419d679109ab018065d5e078aa
SHA256 a1bcb822535690bd7f1cc314bc99f5c4a7922d9a79988533da4ef013b056fb98
CRC32 d1434a5d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows 8
File size 332800 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 d3c38fb0d0ae5521f9369971e9abd4ca
SHA1 929d4d96890a89614570a3a14131ce2e4b0145b3
SHA256 e7264985c2da784fb2c1b13a669a93af0d14380893f3ad0dc99609ff06a1cd0f
CRC32 257d1d47
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 326656 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 beff01c9f044ba2ad7f5fb837972fc90
SHA1 d27737bdd02e319e86f88cfdbd898072bfd3891d
SHA256 f23d391d42f9ecaea63964e6e8547636e87d85ffc16030768c3dfb2f7abebb9a
CRC32 a62afbd0
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows 7
File size 352768 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 daaf9c77603f77988d3b0e74400f5038
SHA1 b7d988d82f5f1c8818a1e2e3ee4f6e20693f6e0c
SHA256 0bb2b24150d11b2bde551058f58870f7deb7bfd9419a105c068b8204974aec11
CRC32 f3ca2929
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 242688 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 d4091231e5b052f5b6d0d8f49745b088
SHA1 c38b9c5127b207d5c05dc9f1616d30aae1644cc8
SHA256 f1ad99209fbf480ab0d07bb42908ed90ef4cd431dab4b1e39389539c39d2b03c
CRC32 4b5ee5fd
Example file location ---
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows Vista
File size 268288 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 e39e465ffbdd399943f87103c1a934ae
SHA1 9978ff2531a999cb0b858f6806e41df2b6489085
SHA256 33d329002e6c1c9e4849a9b921a58f77f2aade5ef87456ef20280ee9c75db959
CRC32 699cf953
Example file location ---
Filename sysdm.cpl
System Windows XP
File size 300544 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 c504a9fe17f997f8b1f8561d0a68de52
SHA1 fd138a8011955a6cde113059add749f677bea741
SHA256 99bd5757aa68b6513313d97b1bf61bcc6e44f7bfae63f375b2afa47a06038067
CRC32 7869c1fb
Example file location ---