cachemetadata.dat Informations - Download and Fix

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

cachemetadata.dat file Game Data. 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 cachemetadata.dat related errors on your device. You can also download cachemetadata.dat file compatible with Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8

File info

General information
Filename cachemetadata.dat
File extension DAT
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Game Data
Program Windows 8.1
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 8.1
File size 5898280
Oldest file 2017-04-24
Latest file 2017-04-24

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

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



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


Problems related to cachemetadata.dat 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 cachemetadata.dat 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace cachemetadata.dat 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 cachemetadata.dat file.

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

  • Windows 8.1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Store\Cache\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Store\Cache\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Store\Cache\

If the steps did not solve your cachemetadata.dat 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 cachemetadata.dat
System Windows 8.1
File size 5898280 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 2aed27ad84976b6f22344a23b03eeaa4
SHA1 2040e287fbf9b9dca75d166240704a608eb2fffe
SHA256 d283b7d2593aed7e815a3f24fc059ac0fe3d3ee1babd9c7a2edc38a3cea560b7
CRC32 357619f7
Example file location C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Store\Cache\
Filename cachemetadata.dat
System Windows 8.1
File size 5898280 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 b295e6aa558510a5f6301f4f11f96bdf
SHA1 b94c032b7bde19fe40222790479afbe087c91c23
SHA256 a484cb1b3b4cfeede279af272afbe524aa05bd92610768f450a5f40bf0e0cb80
CRC32 eda5fb9a
Example file location C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Store\Cache\
Filename cachemetadata.dat
System Windows 8
File size 5898280 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 3f59141a7b0ccda42121b88461f6bd47
SHA1 63725586f2d1e2780f64d0c39e41c0dd3e7f02bd
SHA256 81423a9a04fc1eb2a3f50766ec6a4e0ce19480485fb7f06b44056352ab172734
CRC32 c10ea1d8
Example file location 1: C:\Users\Bill Gates\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Store\Cache\