Fix audiodev.dll Errors

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

audiodev.dll file Portable Media Devices Shell Extension. 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 audiodev.dll related errors on your device. You can also download audiodev.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

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

File info

General information
Filename audiodev.dll
File extension DLL
Description Portable Media Devices Shell Extension
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Dynamic link library
System Windows NT 32-bit
Copyrights Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Character set Unicode
Language cod English (U.S.)

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

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



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


Problems related to audiodev.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 audiodev.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.

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

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

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

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\

If the steps did not solve your audiodev.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 audiodev.dll
System Windows 10
File size 246272 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 5fd79c98bee5aff90cc7ca9355ea1633
SHA1 95c0e60522cf092ee58f6522913df2f3d4395e05
SHA256 2f463d844227643d0175caa06e6090de72696b65083be2af8e0f7fac843d3c86
CRC32 9453a3b8
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename audiodev.dll
System Windows 8
File size 229888 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 e732cb6c2fcd2370f1e967fc3a791593
SHA1 a7e69e2aa0f64ae118caa9dca3f9243f98b98a39
SHA256 3155e911365e1034bc918581f8faadbb068cbdcb2affbb35a6eb4c918047201d
CRC32 763d6351
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename audiodev.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 244224 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 67c30fafa58bd7e02a9da8be28512934
SHA1 5d569c26de8497963bdf01ce5d3649adb8eab21f
SHA256 fb89a68cd10806414fdd7e25a9e3003e63fe9807615d545ff067c632bf2b32be
CRC32 5a46bb79
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\