Fix api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll Errors

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file ApiSet Stub 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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll related errors on your device. You can also download api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

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

File info

General information
Filename api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
File extension DLL
Description ApiSet Stub 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.)
Fix File Errors

There are various types of errors related to api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file. api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll is corrupted
  • api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
  • api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file error
  • api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file:
  • api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file could not be loaded
  • api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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.

api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file

The last solution is to manually download and replace api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\downlevel\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\System32\

If the steps did not solve your api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.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 api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
System Windows 10
File size 12704 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 f118b4b1a1dee46a299118a603974940
SHA1 c5266526009c76953eaa9483111cc60ecc1bbde8
SHA256 e4d2240ab2e1faccbbd59bf83aae4600fc50950e5587fe65786a38808a0425af
CRC32 17e7c969
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\downlevel\
Filename api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 4608 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 1b15a2295242a6ad891bdaaed94c03ce
SHA1 6c3fffbf437aa8ddb8cbc9c1df15cf1248f79911
SHA256 65b9901c37be64a8add9e279eef7c7453373616aaf6e800f97f8126b3356cc7e
CRC32 2469728a
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 4096 bytes
Date 2013-08-22
File details
MD5 2c5db1135c1d81e212c3f40d03ed2de7
SHA1 3f5503d5958cfe7258aabf3e6099d69eb44ece75
SHA256 282e6d6166a30b37785a68f706200b9ebe4a32f86b238b2d6b0669335c77297c
CRC32 ad0eab4c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
System Windows 8
File size 4096 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 3d92d4ca0d76994dffb8190704c47c3c
SHA1 48e8a020df425c7c827bb45843b6b879e46d0387
SHA256 a1e5b1de32237422907bfa768b9b999a36f871efa58baf23f01d8a2b3241534f
CRC32 5d308cd8
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\