How to Repair CompatProvider.dll? Download Now

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

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

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



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


Problems related to CompatProvider.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 CompatProvider.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.

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

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

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

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\Dism\

If the steps did not solve your CompatProvider.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 CompatProvider.dll
System Windows 10
File size 124320 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 6617d62bb361d39b511eb36d40040b44
SHA1 ac66874096418ea888e13e1f9ace9f50fe98f242
SHA256 482d3815a83c707267e4756e84e9556af25c3a910d479cf393b6982ed70b3643
CRC32 ca979d48
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
Filename CompatProvider.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 116224 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 e646fe4da19ecf3f085a1ea77778772b
SHA1 a278973954dec54b4263719ed0ad68819bcde27c
SHA256 f31e038327a3a38c4158490291e18dcd7d1fad40152a4803b5cf07f8a043b576
CRC32 7292781d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
Filename CompatProvider.dll
System Windows 8
File size 137216 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 d765e76f7f4f5d6b3c4f8ce02f06c837
SHA1 a6398411ef5c27c190921089269f4ef7d42eb80d
SHA256 c9d57b548b9db3d6925554c84a990dd7c29d04ca0fbba6e67ff841c44261f73c
CRC32 91dc223a
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
Filename CompatProvider.dll
System Windows 7
File size 183296 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 6a4bd682396f29fd7df5ab389509b950
SHA1 46f502bec487bd6112f333d1ada1ec98a416d35f
SHA256 328e5fbb6f3088fd759d855e656cd4c477b59f6a43a247954d1fd9050815e6cb
CRC32 a52fc248
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\Dism\
Filename CompatProvider.dll
System Windows 7
File size 141312 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 7e3cb248fab83b591f4e94e8ceb0093e
SHA1 ef9535488696b1b8de164f612e190008eff25ae2
SHA256 208882c9c3abb761581508f76ad4718b701a2ab64674888ce6de51177f0156a9
CRC32 abc29cf7
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\Dism\