Fix DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll Errors

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

DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll file Device Driver Retrieval Client. 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 DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll related errors on your device. You can also download DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.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 DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll
File extension DLL
Description Device Driver Retrieval Client
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.)
Fix File Errors

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

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



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


Problems related to DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.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 DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.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 DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.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 DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll
System Windows 10
File size 37376 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 8dc8f7326e53ce888a308bc1ee0e3a58
SHA1 d2f3dcaf720212ea98cccb0be1752721e63150a2
SHA256 ccdd6b5311267ccd17f9e63b1effcf19b729fb51627103c087db43c2746f883c
CRC32 68798ab6
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 28672 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 7c46e3419c7465f01714adc296453e12
SHA1 a027485d6e9586d5f9c8292959cd229e3471d4e0
SHA256 e6d77c7f7f219d1dabf629211825aa9fedb65d6d6dc7b2a0da8e1c196ecad405
CRC32 7ac3654c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DeviceDriverRetrievalClient.dll
System Windows 8
File size 26624 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 ba2474b00a6b7386fd59bfc3a359dec3
SHA1 897dea9476c6f4097942676927302fd6810d0498
SHA256 91c0c48f7419d08d50f4d2df3cafe2e11ba6da41cc5ed314dac8a1146eb6d862
CRC32 6295f821
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\