ddrawex.dll - How to Fix? Download Now

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

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

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



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


Problems related to ddrawex.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 ddrawex.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of ddrawex.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 ddrawex.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 ddrawex.dll
System Windows 10
File size 44544 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 f6ca04889a757cc0252b748aacc5047a
SHA1 c438a2f9a14630fe73c58514a95ed7af57cfb5b6
SHA256 5111c50eab3b5d46416d27ee0ae1000b93ce7dab9be9bbdd36762b392d154443
CRC32 0c92a127
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 43008 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 06efd4bb3b9b20e508c52ed6106e8210
SHA1 f9d75b1fc89c06a39430fde6298fd1f59aad2e97
SHA256 baa2fd8016f0042ea865c87bdf1f20bb586cb378dc6090246424018d7e1a07d6
CRC32 5faaf37b
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows 8
File size 31232 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 9432326d23ce7f1f41ca60a2afc26f22
SHA1 90116b501324b0ff12ecd1faf73a9e4346e554d7
SHA256 7ee39ece3e3fcf694cc4c861412d9c26411d23dabb133609d958b6589224fda8
CRC32 cfaaaf06
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows 7
File size 40448 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 4938a4350327e1a5deb0cd134ac1aaa3
SHA1 954470a1e15c2120df57547aba278e77d661679f
SHA256 2f248cd60508ef43040f952cb1ff5aab91ae3235760997379b71acc28e8b698e
CRC32 1fb5dec0
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows 7
File size 30208 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 bab9ef9a340113666f678aa2474904b6
SHA1 c08953a3ba505262afb02e113416183306af6025
SHA256 b1c6b2d704b81274d3af6a726f376d1183403732214298c051a1ce75eeb754c0
CRC32 992c8a57
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 30208 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 734daa4feac6905bcfb30410d6c7e003
SHA1 f2fe53d2b4d264f2e3248baa591bc3ddd69e63c8
SHA256 885bda2c8836eede2205e080e642ba547e4ec5f408e4be9def2e6f958f6ecd7e
CRC32 7cffa7c9
Example file location ---
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 40448 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 db4ecd7a8d5e4c19ed7e3fa8a6b6568d
SHA1 6f7af235bdd549de610183658f58b835aec0bfe7
SHA256 ae08f1a044e7fe82aa5230ba72fa72112560efc39e5a8a99e44d889434f228b4
CRC32 c0a91220
Example file location ---
Filename ddrawex.dll
System Windows XP
File size 27136 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 a47f6a13202aa54541ca46d6ced79f5f
SHA1 d92523ba81ede7ab1dfd4c685cfd6268506305ee
SHA256 d1fa5cda2256f3b10e9306673a0e29ee7693548e29d5665bbea2d42927d061f0
CRC32 1495f321
Example file location ---