Troubleshoot apds.dll Errors and Download File

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

apds.dll file Microsoft® Help Data Services Module. 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 apds.dll related errors on your device. You can also download apds.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 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

File info

General information
Filename apds.dll
File extension DLL
Description Microsoft® Help Data Services Module
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 apds.dll file. apds.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 apds.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to apds.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 apds.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of apds.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\SysWOW64\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---

If the steps did not solve your apds.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 apds.dll
System Windows 10
File size 211968 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 672f5db61d4e3303499cf793580e9899
SHA1 61dfd7c700934c3a98c210a78a1c9c5160287ce9
SHA256 b4079c1ea71c365240dabc5b1bc21f750bdea6777e4c5588ccde20bcc3c18c44
CRC32 dfa61d3f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename apds.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 219648 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 fe82846a803f29e47a7415a71638aa97
SHA1 3e132d63e3f8549ebf19372cf14d1d0b6ac70111
SHA256 f6692797933547ba8739f6353ec9d1f5ee72a7e46dbf9848c80e6d7b516833be
CRC32 18a55f7d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename apds.dll
System Windows 8
File size 212992 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 63de00d76f497a01111e8d1c296d0acc
SHA1 27c563720145ec2efc8bf614553aac3108cab7cb
SHA256 25400d60622240615d5a99c7766519dd7c08073cd58c65800d4e935dbd55d96e
CRC32 de8a020d
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename apds.dll
System Windows 7
File size 1739776 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 7d44ee5dbcc3a6e90eb60edf72b66d99
SHA1 cd7df2d0f58ab64aa7b4c9e9622a162f1f74f8cb
SHA256 030c3a880d7b448337dbf6cb8fbb7049e0a0e3fa035be3bfb678c110bb687d70
CRC32 68e39843
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename apds.dll
System Windows 7
File size 2134528 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 86f1f949dd51fb5a044f1bd34cbe4aa8
SHA1 e05c9991aefbf1acc61273b5409913e37ed46e7f
SHA256 aafa3b8294e2543afff1e2c04ff0fa93d517fc20f7622abe46b57bdccf235e92
CRC32 e257e45c
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename apds.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 1730560 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 ac40f8899bec013eb1ca7ccc2d69e00c
SHA1 430c3a6b9ec31f9ae1b0fec461b4e87d76bb1f78
SHA256 a620c59fe7d8e2d9f47c85ed15686a5363c7817cc869f7193f1bd865d30ea235
CRC32 18b3d4a0
Example file location ---
Filename apds.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 2112000 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 f90ed5ee26169b69a3f915cfd014ba60
SHA1 6a516e8439395ddb0b4db091afc9d2213df9c5f4
SHA256 5efef448cf695dbebc278a80d0164af92e8ae808baacdae6519e9c02a2e1e7e8
CRC32 670001f6
Example file location ---