How to Download and Fix cryptext.dll?

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

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

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



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


Problems related to cryptext.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 cryptext.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.

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

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

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

If the steps did not solve your cryptext.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 cryptext.dll
System Windows 10
File size 59904 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 e5f369cb79341b10354c2dcb875dcd2d
SHA1 94127cabac13fe53d9309871ab2da4fbf61c229b
SHA256 cee2fae1c1e27876d6c203e39f664333eb593c891f46471ba367cf34e55fbef1
CRC32 0b22bee4
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 57856 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 fb53eff142727a71037c870dac822302
SHA1 1f02460cd5706d87979f1183b90021549efa92be
SHA256 e958aa8e7434da82f3bf7158bd28c7faa160213953c46303ea7b293259930184
CRC32 0532b5c6
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows 8
File size 56320 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 389510005c93eeb80da8dea4830fe880
SHA1 f2293c95edd524f6dcea0cb1a3a23c5bd2f5ee42
SHA256 1c8ad08da85a8c7374f93339be273ba78c05107fb41daa54b3e8a2b9a244ff75
CRC32 f22cc6f2
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows 7
File size 66560 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 3759ff88437ee59b7a6efb5764c120ab
SHA1 41178626e9a555b3f858b19ad58a1f1eefdb828e
SHA256 a06d8f8584b9e4261bcc741ccb9648d7c80aa13c9598fae2c8c2f4de5e5aee10
CRC32 092043c5
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows 7
File size 55296 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 8ff9d8945cfece70f93c36ff48aea4da
SHA1 44b11d7e082caa059de68bd1a3cde183db642d45
SHA256 d1358003e554845c6e0e59546cfb67f389ee296b141eb777fce7e725d16ec048
CRC32 ff6fe338
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 54784 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 1175237933305964112f0860a0013e70
SHA1 c80f961baf597c9ae4a6c41d18a9b8367c69eb24
SHA256 c1ffd6ff5a3878b31088bb13631bd216ed4193a41ad59cfc39d3f8a2724cc5b5
CRC32 59f9968f
Example file location ---
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 65536 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 bcc87e16a44aaedd931137069d77d604
SHA1 065e7389fad909f82e7812882244de074330fe54
SHA256 0e88781c52520707ef0795b8247c255713c8c75684ce7381ffb287ae2a4055db
CRC32 4bbeebe9
Example file location ---
Filename cryptext.dll
System Windows XP
File size 53760 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 95c9810ee06a6302c7330b295cfe4ba5
SHA1 ed502b82b457debc08dbed1d27718bf4ac2314b7
SHA256 7ae3952806c4ece55d1eb3fc0d9d048b545e1ee90abc939161b13cd4e9231f46
CRC32 17228d33
Example file location ---