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

certenc.dll file Active Directory Certificate Services Encoding. 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 certenc.dll related errors on your device. You can also download certenc.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, 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 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista

File info

General information
Filename certenc.dll
File extension DLL
Description Active Directory Certificate Services Encoding
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 certenc.dll file. certenc.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 certenc.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to certenc.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 certenc.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of certenc.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: ---

If the steps did not solve your certenc.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 certenc.dll
System Windows 10
File size 55808 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 fccb8f041b90e2a52f2ab8546d22db73
SHA1 1d610db578a27afadfec073b461e5068d63a33bb
SHA256 30e65802fe8c87b05b040ac64a85e11bfb2f3a7e9851f473d08e1c0822ba2c4e
CRC32 e60d26bf
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename certenc.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 44032 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 3342aa9c7e7ca5a69be42a6417374cd1
SHA1 7a452daba803cf647de2b20ffb1ac937aa1ea578
SHA256 ca0a5d524d136680aa43fe478512ce6790a7a8322682603ed38c2106f22e0b02
CRC32 dfb1937a
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename certenc.dll
System Windows 8
File size 41472 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 8c2e08f8761e216ff4d7006c468e7ff2
SHA1 84d1ab6afb373bef15e775f2713b8b943d9b90e2
SHA256 5d183ef5ef16c6f6197325451b024e81bf030a9c6ddc7a4bf2036287c0e5e8ba
CRC32 7986e657
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename certenc.dll
System Windows 7
File size 43008 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 9480d91c81b514ab05cdb9e60a407f7e
SHA1 3cec9597daa9f11debabeb6ab007eb02edaebde8
SHA256 a47573d9166009693b31f9ce60896a9bd02e9d7ffa981eb1d89fa43dfccbcf80
CRC32 406a7c32
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename certenc.dll
System Windows 7
File size 52224 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 c6153d48a68e373e6fbd07833281ab1f
SHA1 1892edc18b3d9445c054d8a876e1bc584205e576
SHA256 4e68ea9341c9f11d73762a364b39162b1daefcb611e902d3cc480c6e710db6c1
CRC32 43c698bd
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename certenc.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 41984 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 bfd3f5ea39f67c0fd4cb87648ee09272
SHA1 1e7c6f0b75c88c1d6948dc89bab5b063c93cbd1e
SHA256 ecbf5c3c15a17f58f5c9ef328aa329fc432a7e48c46c0c943a8711f8f48b5728
CRC32 65f65d61
Example file location ---
Filename certenc.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 50688 bytes
Date 2006-11-02
File details
MD5 e75927a4a4a44f41980a1222fd447cad
SHA1 848df626cba6fdf28d11d05fe2d3c3db7da321d3
SHA256 a2f1b82fd4c52c3d873d0d12d43736bd8dbaec2bc43ad31ca84126da4f2d0bcd
CRC32 c438f2de
Example file location ---