Download and Fix drvindex.dat

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

drvindex.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 drvindex.dat related errors on your device. You can also download drvindex.dat file compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows Vista

File info

General information
Filename drvindex.dat
File extension DAT
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Game Data
Program Windows 7
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 7
File size 399360
Oldest file 2009-04-11
Latest file 2011-04-12

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

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



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


Problems related to drvindex.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 drvindex.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.

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

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

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

  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\inf\

If the steps did not solve your drvindex.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 drvindex.dat
System Windows 7
File size 399360 bytes
Date 2011-04-12
File details
MD5 8d55e64ba969bb47ca674f883a52b583
SHA1 150bb5466938ec530035861afbec1c44615a4049
SHA256 7fc0a490d8a6f8c993a6e99018247f35e70ad3e317d3d75590b028a00b515275
CRC32 fabebf9d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\
Filename drvindex.dat
System Windows Vista
File size 665600 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 3883e67193ca2e90d1e63e3c29b54fa1
SHA1 b359b4d6e80bc3cf29ceee3b5cffc6abf1d50ae9
SHA256 097f9c14222decc9a9e27565be355ce951b863b2b6c7ae87d448bca52e25f47f
CRC32 e245009d
Example file location C:\Windows\inf\