Download and Fix DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll

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

DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll file Dynamic Link 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 DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll related errors on your device. You can also download DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

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

File info

General information
Filename DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll
File extension DLL
Type Dynamic Link Library
Description Dynamic Link Library
Program Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Dynamic link library
System Win32
Copyrights Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Character set Unicode
Fix File Errors

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

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



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


Problems related to DesktopWindowsMgmt.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 DesktopWindowsMgmt.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.

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

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

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

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\

If the steps did not solve your DesktopWindowsMgmt.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 DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll
System Windows 10
File size 5120 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 1e5a5103bd03f8211344ea73bcd62026
SHA1 056a1eacae55ede060384a12a61d67f382bc9e98
SHA256 2e4acb9e324c54ed401664c038b57549e1686bfcbecc9c148749ca66b8c844a7
CRC32 a21808cd
Example file location C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\
Filename DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 5632 bytes
Date 2013-08-22
File details
MD5 dc61ca1ca4d1209561c5e78c9573ad47
SHA1 5e0fd56cf6fc0e4ffc0783dc7c6573a278b2baed
SHA256 41eb4ef9b98309b152bdf1c98e9da4a866a2a94828aa4c6ea2a3cb4abec265ab
CRC32 fb83b8c1
Example file location C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\
Filename DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll
System Windows 8
File size 5632 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 86ae4981f4abc94307c8bfa4cd9f6ad6
SHA1 0a92223e3b1b49daf5ac5cdd80499cc118e3db4e
SHA256 fd9ba6120e21cf013ee4cf7108ec5a341fe5393b1dcf80e3505bbe7db5e5b471
CRC32 a977289e
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\
Filename DesktopWindowsMgmt.dll
System Windows 7
File size 5120 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 9656023669c213ab198578a1d29127c5
SHA1 37c4dc7060c66d21c8396926f3ad41e49e3bb9f4
SHA256 b7af658f15a908de3912e734ba9e7dc754de81f998a9bd71463dae5a07f34602
CRC32 34ad3563
Example file location C:\Windows\diagnostics\system\AERO\