activeds.dll Informations - Download and Fix

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

activeds.dll file ADs Router Layer DLL. The file was developed by for use with software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of activeds.dll related errors on your device. You can also download activeds.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, 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 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP

File info

General information
Filename activeds.dll
File extension DLL
Description ADs Router Layer DLL
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Dynamic link library
System Windows NT 32-bit
Copyrights © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Character set Unicode
Language cod English (U.S.)

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

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



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


Problems related to activeds.dll 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 activeds.dll 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace activeds.dll 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 activeds.dll file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of activeds.dll 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 7: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your activeds.dll 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 activeds.dll
System Windows 10
File size 221696 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 b71549c5c09fb05dc3369619c8c688b7
SHA1 23ebf13783fc14c6b967b306ee0cb0c7faca66c9
SHA256 37cf23246bdaf95c251de39645c0d823fadeb71b4c7450dfa309f648a8707912
CRC32 c4608a0e
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 225792 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 3fc08248a264a984796c691f4bc6d604
SHA1 43cbbe3f7eb03eb7471dab48751391682c8771d1
SHA256 ec1c4e2dc10148134123061173e77f6f32835ac58d50f4911bc5560959a8f36c
CRC32 676d1f47
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows 8
File size 203776 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 2e1d817b8eec547dbec2657eb7463602
SHA1 09fb57c7945d9fd6edbc66b85b262d40a5490b1c
SHA256 aa9a41a00cc6834d4ae933fde530358d9a25dcb5dcb781e4f4f823bf6fe38ca9
CRC32 b890ac88
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows 7
File size 267776 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 011f0b067e47612f57c4ece377d9c9df
SHA1 c61b06f72bc395a4891f5f4adb0658845cad03ff
SHA256 69fa7230b889da09cd4dda0d38ca1d418e48605535d7e1125050f0b89919dfbe
CRC32 61cc8870
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows 7
File size 202752 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 521b748a7f9923302ca18b7e6aa2eeae
SHA1 cbd67bf6eeaeb1b8710710474fac8937f153b0f2
SHA256 6243d4f29b28242e308359624b5e68ac8a57d811521193487973794edce55787
CRC32 90b790d1
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 265728 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 45c5eab112d3481a25485b0cf7e3597d
SHA1 aeaa73da80fd848eade165dd89448b1b75ff4077
SHA256 cd02c769e42fa6773d3fc61af8e402851ed6c76dd654693b7f5cf094376ab435
CRC32 2ccd9ebb
Example file location ---
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 204800 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 6468c3ff6d0c7874fa8c619af3e23b22
SHA1 aa16bc12213843cf64d746cdc1ce8d9838c2cf0a
SHA256 2a8a01d5164453544a9dd1b850c24b82efe6acaabed56084b8a0388ac383802b
CRC32 4d556b09
Example file location ---
Filename activeds.dll
System Windows XP
File size 193536 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 2cdae321b8e878a278ba2d2fa013060b
SHA1 71dde7dea4019ab631fe85a31149a494363b7bdc
SHA256 51a382d665eb4a8bd66a3ef9b518dc02d3637318768758ab6f1017e50826cc56
CRC32 e419f8f4
Example file location ---