Fix hwrenclm.dat Errors

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

hwrenclm.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 hwrenclm.dat related errors on your device. You can also download hwrenclm.dat file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7

File info

General information
Filename hwrenclm.dat
File extension DAT
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Game Data
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 498624
Oldest file 2009-07-13
Latest file 2017-03-18

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

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



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


Problems related to hwrenclm.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 hwrenclm.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.

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

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

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

  • Windows 10: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
  • Windows 7: ---

If the steps did not solve your hwrenclm.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 hwrenclm.dat
System Windows 10
File size 498624 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 6403359165aa8f91f20c421bfa4a0f5c
SHA1 6250e8bde3175da5bbda0aae5392c42c0c8cc61d
SHA256 fe9ba71effaf80fed65ec7f14fd2508b7ab620abf397e797e46c166d6fd5f25e
CRC32 7840ef25
Example file location C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
Filename hwrenclm.dat
System Windows 8.1
File size 816160 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 1b9c3bc2fd2dd31a71a880911c1cbae5
SHA1 51557de471bc86ced14d5f8cc2fdf50552d8b87f
SHA256 d36f4f3991b93e9e61b151ba9122e31713f1a5a79db4b6f05982b5f0c0ffded7
CRC32 f76410f0
Example file location C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
Filename hwrenclm.dat
System Windows 8
File size 816208 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 77e5fdcb351345fde113cb6676053b6d
SHA1 fddd5a2b1e917185585412018eb55631c2ebc15f
SHA256 3a960a5e0665b88e5a59705033d3fc71adfb8152a40a7e172f638139f96b9293
CRC32 26ff8e2a
Example file location 1: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
Filename hwrenclm.dat
System Windows 7
File size 815680 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 1961715daf091a1d7cb979c362e7fc57
SHA1 32e32cf1823b4eea767294ac2fd1acceb97305e4
SHA256 8458635dd7dba345ac600fe9875f2d32efb4e45452bf1804020c422a31f95455
CRC32 4168160e
Example file location ---