ctl3d32.dll - How to Fix? Download Now

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.dll file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

ctl3d32.dll file Ctl3D 3D Windows Controls. 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 ctl3d32.dll related errors on your device. You can also download ctl3d32.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8.1 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8.1

File info

General information
Filename ctl3d32.dll
File extension DLL
Description Ctl3D 3D Windows Controls
Program Windows 10
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Dynamic link library
System Windows 16-bit
Copyrights Copyright © Microsoft Corp.
Character set Windows, Latin1
Language cod English (U.S.)

There are various types of errors related to ctl3d32.dll file. ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • ctl3d32.dll is corrupted
  • ctl3d32.dll cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - ctl3d32.dll
  • ctl3d32.dll file error
  • ctl3d32.dll file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register ctl3d32.dll file:
  • ctl3d32.dll file could not be loaded
  • ctl3d32.dll file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because ctl3d32.dll file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.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.

ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.dll file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.dll file

The last solution is to manually download and replace ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.dll file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of ctl3d32.dll file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows XP: ---
  • Windows 8.1: ---

If the steps did not solve your ctl3d32.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 ctl3d32.dll
System Windows 10
File size 27136 bytes
Date 2013-06-18
File details
MD5 e790eb2c0d1327e2e20af397df8d6abd
SHA1 605a85245121f454bf3eaa0757e749296bd27543
SHA256 6896c1f21cc9a5bc17e2e2fb645669ae708cb378c63e5eef11b3e95527f3da32
CRC32 4402dc59
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ctl3d32.dll
System Windows 8
File size 27136 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 92f610802dcf2b68dc958ebc2a898f12
SHA1 4ce110ca856d5d03b1b98286009091affb9d4c11
SHA256 6fa52eaf5f5266411fb94be24d96d4fe9aaf8dce0162aa63511a2346ea5eeb8a
CRC32 f9926324
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ctl3d32.dll
System Windows 7
File size 27136 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 2da48f2c163ab854a7d1041f1209db8f
SHA1 74869f0fa9ba4809dc445785e4991b284bda86e0
SHA256 0452893709d255a622e385be0326f52e4ad1d52069dcafe5b859976c5b2bcd31
CRC32 b95f493d
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename ctl3d32.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 27136 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 8da162aa85ab429b015f50bf0a458a5e
SHA1 ef2c325a00e3f87c68ec21a94d22f1d656e2ee2e
SHA256 50b1f1f95a187d09a8277a03b41528122403f6d5dff75257e199dd8323553007
CRC32 fd6c2d50
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename ctl3d32.dll
System Windows XP
File size 27136 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 71c4a5da6a940ddbf17c99f0b7611f06
SHA1 0f4c2e59d781f37aeb8764d2acdf4d6bccc3da9b
SHA256 e639ef9f7853a3d8b5f61ca8ff28b4c3090130e38eff920f211942c0e0aea200
CRC32 29aad5fb
Example file location ---
Filename ctl3d32.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 27136 bytes
Date 2013-06-18
File details
MD5 e790eb2c0d1327e2e20af397df8d6abd
SHA1 605a85245121f454bf3eaa0757e749296bd27543
SHA256 6896c1f21cc9a5bc17e2e2fb645669ae708cb378c63e5eef11b3e95527f3da32
CRC32 4402dc59
Example file location ---