How to Repair perfd.dat? Download Now

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

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

File info

General information
Filename perfd.dat
File extension DAT
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Game Data
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 33424
Oldest file 2006-11-02
Latest file 2017-03-18

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

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



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


Problems related to perfd.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 perfd.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.

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

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

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

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\inf\PERFLIB\0000\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\inf\PERFLIB\0000\
  • Windows 7: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows 8: ---

If the steps did not solve your perfd.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 perfd.dat
System Windows 10
File size 33424 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 1e60bc5e525063b96078df17fbd3c4e1
SHA1 bae8eda409cb3e016ddd420c6354aeaac2d267b9
SHA256 a0894847ca6208cf7e519d8e825458596bbcd78156a453e32872de7592ea20d8
CRC32 70963b81
Example file location C:\Windows\inf\PERFLIB\0000\
Filename perfd.dat
System Windows 8.1
File size 33362 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 32bc2e0cc95e2dcee25b15bfb82d07b8
SHA1 f6cd8db7cd9b2a678e06036bdd7fea128bc69aca
SHA256 efb3771d63ab36de163f9ac13511cf7a482f5e837afe0bf2ef00c7f2b37acb06
CRC32 d533c45d
Example file location C:\Windows\inf\PERFLIB\0000\
Filename perfd.dat
System Windows 7
File size 31548 bytes
Date 2011-04-12
File details
MD5 7aaa3e23ce4c7845b112f7a79b110e60
SHA1 5269028c98ffa222f0cde48034d5f74c74dee4ad
SHA256 8c850029e558eb1a22429b21a637516cf5d90ca08ff872b19cf7fb03b33af2f5
CRC32 eb0f9a36
Example file location ---
Filename perfd.dat
System Windows Vista
File size 30674 bytes
Date 2006-11-02
File details
MD5 9b585f691e65686b8af3c49f00a414b2
SHA1 fe117e7968f3a862ca4b77151c836a2875492d79
SHA256 a79d1c4de2f1f3d8bdd0aca86c7818b017b998dd68aef3512acdba824b2cd609
CRC32 c021626d
Example file location ---
Filename perfd.dat
System Windows 8
File size 33362 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 32bc2e0cc95e2dcee25b15bfb82d07b8
SHA1 f6cd8db7cd9b2a678e06036bdd7fea128bc69aca
SHA256 efb3771d63ab36de163f9ac13511cf7a482f5e837afe0bf2ef00c7f2b37acb06
CRC32 d533c45d
Example file location ---