Download and Fix ddraw.dll

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

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

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



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


Problems related to ddraw.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 ddraw.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of ddraw.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\SysWOW64\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your ddraw.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 ddraw.dll
System Windows 10
File size 545792 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 bf3497ec763eda12543d88fec2a666ac
SHA1 53ef2fa3b73eab6338c74bd225b04106105a8088
SHA256 bcfd3238b13fba2ff0bf93a80c0889909183d182684a41101fdf08646eafd4fc
CRC32 a81adc06
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 544256 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 61bca28e43eee246c9213a89a18d28e8
SHA1 415f38ef727697f1d5d6542afd96558f5b68b746
SHA256 b793ec1ed2d424b620b2ae2f7ea31e2ae592a30e191274057b031dfd0427931d
CRC32 71dbbb6d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows 8
File size 474624 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 fc320b910dfbdfe314d6321adcc8d8c7
SHA1 eb2d5c98e86616186cddbaff25d6cbf04ab98d33
SHA256 d42990922e0d6330e2b3c8a372bacd4bfcbbc55094f73761a4981c6ec455f1f0
CRC32 cf5e1e5e
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows 7
File size 531968 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 198552aefeca69d646867ec8d792de95
SHA1 2f7042de2e06001ef4e0e55dfcec2d60485be60b
SHA256 6978d5205387391748ee7e9facf1ae607c37fbfd83b77cb632dd772f8d71a165
CRC32 2340b234
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows 7
File size 569344 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 a6c09924c6730de8deed9890a12aa691
SHA1 90a22790634af1271af04c45694aa06af49a27aa
SHA256 46eacbc27d15fd43431812d6ca770982178c07246af3a1c2e0d40d745a1d5758
CRC32 cb69cb06
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 558592 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 01e10d690970c018cedf4fa2d8d400f0
SHA1 a1996d71f3a9605295866544864cffa1fbd7c370
SHA256 3ce1404f38a78495cebe7aab776c93a349afdfeaff68724118f43d6fcd85c03e
CRC32 28b2cd0a
Example file location ---
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 522752 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 fa2a3afadc4fb47dbc234a4e57f92cdb
SHA1 83e164596b3e7383a58f72b3a9e5f952c65b653c
SHA256 d8394b8bd8919d3caca73ecb23b156b460d18e463fcf7436e4856208f17434af
CRC32 990d2b44
Example file location ---
Filename ddraw.dll
System Windows XP
File size 279552 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 a340cd71eb535a3dd751b5f28723e50c
SHA1 55b268ae2aea99a0d233d77841aaa6fa250a4719
SHA256 ac19738c9255b6b48d20ddcf384bddaee0b3ef50f2297512e1750901da9cc72a
CRC32 301072d3
Example file location ---