How to Download and Fix certCredProvider.dll?

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

certCredProvider.dll file Cert Credential Provider. 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 certCredProvider.dll related errors on your device. You can also download certCredProvider.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7 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

File info

General information
Filename certCredProvider.dll
File extension DLL
Description Cert Credential Provider
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Executable application
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 certCredProvider.dll file. certCredProvider.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 certCredProvider.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to certCredProvider.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 certCredProvider.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of certCredProvider.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\

If the steps did not solve your certCredProvider.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 certCredProvider.dll
System Windows 10
File size 430592 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 e02426bab0b8935bf1260b131589bfbb
SHA1 b9c88a38b9d1d7de262be941c9dbd8198780b1a1
SHA256 f8866fecc30dc26e4c110a08b1c3bcc8a905fe388c1a7e1d4c026bef9feff399
CRC32 48198842
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename certCredProvider.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 337920 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 369f45b870e32dc6db5ecb6246382c2c
SHA1 2b552967077bc7ab7b925d84c7db67fd05e8531d
SHA256 4fb2295a371d72e5c157a2c4b61850c520588563c9262495e2d96cc23a80b113
CRC32 1bedcdd4
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename certCredProvider.dll
System Windows 8
File size 334848 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 abccb41f864eb2f60081d9baa1322320
SHA1 0e617b320766f05ce1da4dbf53bef01114e120ad
SHA256 17834fddd277b3ae759b0a0e4e676b0e995c3d5368e1bca4a92b5bb55ca83220
CRC32 9cffa7e9
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename certCredProvider.dll
System Windows 7
File size 122880 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 6d8cacf3b1b54943efcf420c2d667b37
SHA1 dd20136ab2e4564fb14f70a72e7b0a2285a44947
SHA256 64eb621ec68077761a0662be78d2d17ada982fcfe4d3bbd3a96d0d990bd8541a
CRC32 959fb2fe
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename certCredProvider.dll
System Windows 7
File size 129024 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 972c3301db3da91ae06a95f6b4160b1b
SHA1 c1cf02c19749ca0aaf98356fb555ee40ffd7d7b2
SHA256 678b533a06c306295fe97dc26ce9baffc8eaf1fb7405acb040719099717744d5
CRC32 2dc8189d
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\