Download and Fix cryptbase.dll

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

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

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



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


Problems related to cryptbase.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 cryptbase.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of cryptbase.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 7: C:\Windows\System32\

If the steps did not solve your cryptbase.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 cryptbase.dll
System Windows 10
File size 31592 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 276b8a6686954a0bf9ccc46676de113d
SHA1 f79d75a8b7acabc0788ceed5f03600a0e49a925c
SHA256 7088e6c1b724546e6326602acaa9c65eadc0106eab7a65435786a335a8c67583
CRC32 dd33b9a4
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptbase.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 30984 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 0ce0ffcd5390a8eebbde09381e1d5b15
SHA1 187b14e91f3e7ace44ed46219067b0a9a6af7945
SHA256 e273d0e3869025d786c435886b789a61460c03e395b5405d9e7c1a982a4ff34f
CRC32 2081ca12
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptbase.dll
System Windows 8
File size 21504 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 0d3c6e1a7ebd401f46e00edbd61d1a72
SHA1 dadf73e23c1060a7cabc0e0a05c7e8de24bfc278
SHA256 54375377f13a2f686b605812319715523868e978d427c296ad3b74e05bdc0b55
CRC32 235bd46c
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptbase.dll
System Windows 7
File size 44032 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 784fa3df338e2e8f5f0389d6fac428af
SHA1 6d32c67c91c6d374854e907c6719db2538540867
SHA256 9c8aa0cfdeb9e38aaf8eb08626070e0f0364f4f8a793cfe3532ec6c007980c34
CRC32 9699f600
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptbase.dll
System Windows 7
File size 36864 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 f08f6fcd09f9be94c37acc1b344685ff
SHA1 d5fefb6b6ab0591f28d878b2d05e301ddc7957ab
SHA256 de48d766258b46efeab16579421c4bd97acc6883f782d00e9857f4a0ce7e8a34
CRC32 b8617b32
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\