How to Download and Fix hwrusash.dat?

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

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

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

File info

General information
Filename hwrusash.dat
File extension DAT
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Game Data
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 3380096
Oldest file 2009-07-13
Latest file 2017-03-18

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

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



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


Problems related to hwrusash.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 hwrusash.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of hwrusash.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 7: ---
  • Windows 8: ---

If the steps did not solve your hwrusash.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 hwrusash.dat
System Windows 10
File size 3380096 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 2733795cb63be4d9ca9cd48ca50bc2bc
SHA1 5d4eb16e466656616fd64a64a847ecc1a9fb90cb
SHA256 92c241f3006a7a15c6128afd8c05365dde9d95d37b78032f4f62a5f9f5abea9c
CRC32 08e28228
Example file location C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
Filename hwrusash.dat
System Windows 8.1
File size 3526176 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 dedfab8bcc4bf8de49fe43bee3c5ae76
SHA1 a65d5cda7c711346b9308590a015da77f09b0335
SHA256 acb44245b84c588597a2917713239b0dc71b08e4334f91165bc4068b221c7e2f
CRC32 4099a65c
Example file location C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ink\
Filename hwrusash.dat
System Windows 7
File size 4120784 bytes
Date 2009-07-13
File details
MD5 a3fe8de650ce854a8a0e90d474c4e664
SHA1 4a3d048b6e5c514d65f00948b82b1484cadacee7
SHA256 0c930fc9094aac076124513f21741fe9c788cad464186b2dee936957cd2205c2
CRC32 88c84018
Example file location ---
Filename hwrusash.dat
System Windows 8
File size 3526176 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 dedfab8bcc4bf8de49fe43bee3c5ae76
SHA1 a65d5cda7c711346b9308590a015da77f09b0335
SHA256 acb44245b84c588597a2917713239b0dc71b08e4334f91165bc4068b221c7e2f
CRC32 4099a65c
Example file location ---