Fix dcomp.dll Errors

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

dcomp.dll file Microsoft DirectComposition Library. 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 dcomp.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dcomp.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8

File info

General information
Filename dcomp.dll
File extension DLL
Description Microsoft DirectComposition Library
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 dcomp.dll file. dcomp.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 dcomp.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dcomp.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 dcomp.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.

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

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

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

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

If the steps did not solve your dcomp.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 dcomp.dll
System Windows 10
File size 949920 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 66fc05ea2a64837868fcf4deafb51c81
SHA1 c662ac8a3ebe4cec71f70cbe03376d3ccfedd039
SHA256 e6b219740697a6213da42fd78d157f681c0937788e0f11e198c9f7d6166672d0
CRC32 fcfc1b87
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dcomp.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 277808 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 f7b794ac9da80bcd0b7aa92d46950357
SHA1 662943334126abb5af65e92109e73742220a62c3
SHA256 242d426ba6a0ce9f01806fef837995d71986e6ece0aa0eeaa2dd40f2dd26ba55
CRC32 9859c9fe
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dcomp.dll
System Windows 8
File size 123904 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 72dc30dda63bfc63ea0ecfb0f6d78373
SHA1 4517a0b302f80a9f6f9c1fa5a974820994347a62
SHA256 be491e9b382bd61f36db1e97cf61a00392dbb877c4ff0006a2d1152846c78387
CRC32 147d370c
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\