How to Download and Fix hwe.cur?

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

hwe.cur file Windows Cursor. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Windows software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of hwe.cur related errors on your device. You can also download hwe.cur file compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows Vista, Windows XP

File info

General information
Filename hwe.cur
File extension CUR
Type System
Description Windows Cursor
Program Windows XP
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version XP
File size 766
Oldest file 2006-11-02
Latest file 2008-04-14

There are various types of errors related to hwe.cur file. hwe.cur 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 hwe.cur file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to hwe.cur 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 hwe.cur 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace hwe.cur 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 hwe.cur file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of hwe.cur file example directory paths.

  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\Cursors\
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your hwe.cur 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 hwe.cur
System Windows Vista
File size 766 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 3787547035fe73e2e02ef51eb4778282
SHA1 4e97f0b1bcbfb3cf8353817114a7856b32c989cd
SHA256 5c38cc1c1ded7d2aa44a764f93b429029dc398c9d917a0a54ef73e6bff02a224
CRC32 3f0d99a2
Example file location C:\Windows\Cursors\
Filename hwe.cur
System Windows XP
File size 766 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 3787547035fe73e2e02ef51eb4778282
SHA1 4e97f0b1bcbfb3cf8353817114a7856b32c989cd
SHA256 5c38cc1c1ded7d2aa44a764f93b429029dc398c9d917a0a54ef73e6bff02a224
CRC32 3f0d99a2
Example file location ---