cabinet.dll - How to Fix? Download Now

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

cabinet.dll file Microsoft® Cabinet File 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 cabinet.dll related errors on your device. You can also download cabinet.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 cabinet.dll
File extension DLL
Description Microsoft® Cabinet File 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 cabinet.dll file. cabinet.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 cabinet.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to cabinet.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 cabinet.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of cabinet.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: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your cabinet.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 cabinet.dll
System Windows 10
File size 118872 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 a17326875c48bf6a6e042f9a2c162648
SHA1 fbac179d5351a8509004d4999a5818386dabb8c3
SHA256 581ce3ff52452c6df05235351e2efcedb1bd234a3d6951185b4f99108f2afe49
CRC32 2f557168
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 120352 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 b173b1ee05a8487143c9b5af90e466e0
SHA1 1c2d66d8d9b871c93091ee9f84f3ee75714613e5
SHA256 e9e1e7b0b77b4292d0f5efc7aff904d394e816b845d09416793137b9e1bbf7cc
CRC32 89900aa3
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows 8
File size 105472 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 0efce333980ca8c9cc7c13d067eb80af
SHA1 fa0dabb6c29193945c0bbcfe4dcd2c100445bacf
SHA256 1cb128f943ea539290b669fd2e0fbf01bb85580c7a6e02bcacef0740eea1b291
CRC32 809de933
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows 7
File size 73216 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 7a6986dd659b96398a11af5173892715
SHA1 6d1493b704de90f291d5185314358145a29c8148
SHA256 fb7818952b9015f433418e7dc656a2c20cd682056ab981a55c1722020142d578
CRC32 bedaa105
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows 7
File size 94720 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 fa43d418bc945d27d0625b697b8442b5
SHA1 a4baea953c90ef8a598f23c15f0082e001e3764c
SHA256 035de0fea440d2e3ad255ee84b388dda538e778877033fdb54b8a61bb0aade56
CRC32 767ca0ae
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 93184 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 73f18e253df8e0a9ce5fc45e62fb1945
SHA1 9eef1adbd70e32199591214d04aeb28300d67813
SHA256 45254099c3cb5166953423814a98e4b39ad02655bc937d78d2616f2bdc83e6b4
CRC32 38672cb9
Example file location ---
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 71680 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 a99871ba522cb2539ae275ac18cacc8f
SHA1 eea05c6e29ffafc42a191f54b6179f12654cb1b4
SHA256 cbe1f5b357aae3ea03e8e0ae2e1a1de4edf8f35ad056dcf1dc4e413284c86fc3
CRC32 fe1b204f
Example file location ---
Filename cabinet.dll
System Windows XP
File size 60416 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 f9d3c78cfe15271d80790677c893ce45
SHA1 2b946d9d45ba684394dd78c45e2cc71b28446d18
SHA256 885425736648df7b315e92680ed3bd058ace97a86d388fea80eb0c039adf25d7
CRC32 0543f5b3
Example file location ---