Fix BFE.DLL Errors

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

BFE.DLL file Base Filtering Engine. 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 BFE.DLL related errors on your device. You can also download BFE.DLL file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, 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 Vista

File info

General information
Filename BFE.DLL
File extension DLL
Description Base Filtering Engine
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 BFE.DLL file. BFE.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 BFE.DLL file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to BFE.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 BFE.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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace BFE.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 BFE.DLL file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of BFE.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 Vista: C:\Windows\System32\

If the steps did not solve your BFE.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 BFE.DLL
System Windows 10
File size 571904 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 069fc674f744bc6dbced33934d6aac46
SHA1 c6da25754b9c889fe7d3c32bb8f419838c0e8459
SHA256 55ca699bd0bca9205a5743e8837caf68cdee2f897489c4f1dc4c749e7e050e07
CRC32 e8c07d4f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename BFE.DLL
System Windows 8.1
File size 569856 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 b6a31dfc3fe8dc6530e0bd7586bb6764
SHA1 7c99d3ff2e216a020f28b583dc5c4c68298a6580
SHA256 7b25cb96e1829870c9eb4d8f03b09b4c558908817176233ff865ab38ac47534a
CRC32 cd495534
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename BFE.DLL
System Windows 8
File size 473600 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 e53e0de96be9eabd01f7d26d2dd40236
SHA1 b80ea7b9433023912f840ba1e47aed20d1a2c2a4
SHA256 14f7084eb523ed92fb7953b8bb5ff9ee58cc1ac0733aabc51ca78b6da8a10051
CRC32 9677f8b1
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename BFE.DLL
System Windows 7
File size 705024 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 82974d6a2fd19445cc5171fc378668a4
SHA1 1ce7bc8a1f50ec47ec964f42573349d8e4055931
SHA256 075d25f47c0d2277e40af8615571daa5eb16b1824563632a9a7ec62505c29a4a
CRC32 93674e8d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename BFE.DLL
System Windows Vista
File size 458240 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 ffb96c2589ffa60473ead78b39fbde29
SHA1 39bbdfedcc2530dd7602aff3142b6652f9f9b44c
SHA256 6a2792753e2cb580672b3107c0dbb9d26b6daa14b37d5ec314bd0e304197e03e
CRC32 585471a2
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\