Troubleshoot FNTCACHE.DAT Errors and Download File

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

FNTCACHE.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 FNTCACHE.DAT related errors on your device. You can also download FNTCACHE.DAT file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, 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 Vista, Windows XP

File info

General information
File extension DAT
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Game Data
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 218200
Oldest file 2012-07-26
Latest file 2017-04-24

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

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



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


Problems related to FNTCACHE.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 FNTCACHE.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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace FNTCACHE.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 FNTCACHE.DAT file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of FNTCACHE.DAT 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 Vista: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your FNTCACHE.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

System Windows 10
File size 218200 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 659832f4cbc9c1cf217c3c30ed404f62
SHA1 7867b94991831bd96b3a357b07b95fefa242d8fe
SHA256 de7dee5b897cf3317c390fddabfd421405f8f9fd17fe791c6ee4ad3af76586e4
CRC32 84f8b945
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
System Windows 8.1
File size 335400 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 9aa03c6d573c9e8d74a2509f4a56be11
SHA1 fa543838505a2edf872254a5970e020a7ac00d26
SHA256 553d03cc7bb2cf3749ab2943292d3d168511cc3433c03e64aae761d739529f17
CRC32 8f997d36
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
System Windows 8
File size 280992 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 11768026abc8e883e7223f8b2232957f
SHA1 d8fdaf0eafa3ba01bfc1d85eaa066c9203a55a15
SHA256 d63e332378123fbcbc626fd0e1336d45d3f26d25fa9340138593085a734757a2
CRC32 dd456239
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
System Windows 7
File size 266544 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 c019d837005dc4e4d28fde4246a0111a
SHA1 f3021207f76c712871e1a0001b7d1104c9217f7b
SHA256 63eac687a90ed3b4e8417177aa4e7082ed080c873d14ac263e434ecad7d003e9
CRC32 56cab5ed
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
System Windows Vista
File size 229664 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 8ef045943524b3d0d362a38a4f48575a
SHA1 25e5624e27b93c0a8d5e555bed09b2136f137b91
SHA256 658707f96fa2cc716d77a7ce40cbc7b6b07e42da9194d5389d61a820f6151eaf
CRC32 4c68a455
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
System Windows XP
File size 90296 bytes
Date 2017-04-24
File details
MD5 8f5a569707bc2e8939c838e90dd02b83
SHA1 db66675657e2d1358c8c2e5c4b780704e447491d
SHA256 4f62b2500e5e0b8f50caeaf99fc37c1d8ede869e5badb68a97abe4cacf94d708
CRC32 5d7c4f69
Example file location ---