How to Repair advapi32.dll? Download Now

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing advapi32.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 advapi32.dll file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

advapi32.dll file Advanced Windows 32 Base API. 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 advapi32.dll related errors on your device. You can also download advapi32.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 advapi32.dll
File extension DLL
Description Advanced Windows 32 Base API
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 advapi32.dll file. advapi32.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 advapi32.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • advapi32.dll is corrupted
  • advapi32.dll cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - advapi32.dll
  • advapi32.dll file error
  • advapi32.dll file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register advapi32.dll file:
  • advapi32.dll file could not be loaded
  • advapi32.dll file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because advapi32.dll file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to advapi32.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 advapi32.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.

advapi32.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 advapi32.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 advapi32.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 advapi32.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 advapi32.dll file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the advapi32.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 advapi32.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 advapi32.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 advapi32.dll file

The last solution is to manually download and replace advapi32.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 advapi32.dll file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of advapi32.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 advapi32.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 advapi32.dll
System Windows 10
File size 480920 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 4957eff7c1ae147f56995976b7eff57d
SHA1 398a7834ddebcd9714979fb694a7c12dc21e8a67
SHA256 24aee23ffcad6dcc4625aecb604a83eaf2418eb499ba4cc9cf707e959ed08109
CRC32 10e742ba
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 507152 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 22510acc3b3d3e4d11b6c0845a6df24f
SHA1 f934a54ee537fc6dd1c87195b70e83378c8e42d8
SHA256 e3fe9f5412c5516b78d28e382694348af19ef960062d347cb1e9ccfc0bd4f998
CRC32 8c705d2a
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows 8
File size 702464 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 bfef608cd713a4cd3165d72e2aeb23f2
SHA1 d890b748c09984439f7af13ae53ae825bf907bf0
SHA256 ebb4d0dc1f695a8a0b4c34ad7fb8099e5a769019ff838eff1671dc23f048b717
CRC32 0b31c075
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows 7
File size 877056 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 6df46d2bd74e3da1b45f08f10d172732
SHA1 3491f8f9a73c00b158e43a530210d67a4f0598ae
SHA256 2dc945f6f2c4a82189bc7da2fcbb7d9a0e2588a909539249e55ba82468e0c677
CRC32 ab52576a
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows 7
File size 640512 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 95e2376b3323f062eb562b8586d0f14a
SHA1 453d4c3bf4a489433b593420a37bbffb7749875a
SHA256 bd3fa8750123d00aa0967fba44372c46ea002681da9c9b77a4f9261553e26017
CRC32 2feb3046
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 800768 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 50caa7072c171b9887215c83d52069e4
SHA1 208d705d32f187865ff0648f34e751da747b9d0b
SHA256 aa1961787f24a6aff9dd5d0a6110686ea654595d2eb941f5da702498a662880d
CRC32 82d95e4e
Example file location ---
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 1065472 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 bb8c4784aa400bdc3d51b6acaa077e96
SHA1 67b5aa6ebb95df587ddf58404bfe60bfd8c36583
SHA256 86a597c2d9d28be2032c9a622b28b4d44cc7c3b34fd3b32d19541108803a68eb
CRC32 20c6c0f1
Example file location ---
Filename advapi32.dll
System Windows XP
File size 617472 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 bab489a5fe26f2d0c910cf7af7e4cf92
SHA1 f683eb85535e34c41e5bf5da535d9dcc4aefe8b2
SHA256 700325258ca7a2bc2d7aa6e3176194d21229bea76ea37beae117bbf87ce4ecd4
CRC32 94e390e5
Example file location ---