Download and Fix DeviceElementSource.dll

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

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

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



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


Problems related to DeviceElementSource.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 DeviceElementSource.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of DeviceElementSource.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 DeviceElementSource.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 DeviceElementSource.dll
System Windows 10
File size 102912 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 0d871d1b3a45985edccdeb3ddc8f5f3e
SHA1 23c62410d4c06f5189cedb0ebd6d482080f57aaa
SHA256 81a8f2919846103d7941699ff3fcdfef82e92cb30f060833b622378bb6c9a7f5
CRC32 cf6e2861
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DeviceElementSource.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 94208 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 94b69ae55b72029966b1879ba36ad734
SHA1 6b646c609162822d3677e1c006825a65ee0aaf9e
SHA256 5eb2b6121fb2cecddb5d23b6703cf5d3c3a5f3741fc958ed37f64c87ec3bc5f7
CRC32 8d040e37
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DeviceElementSource.dll
System Windows 8
File size 82432 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 c603ccdcae3b7bc8eeae801e45e2cb9f
SHA1 09e2cb464b886c32c65f7b393dc76ba76bde5158
SHA256 513d957650a88b226476aec9c6e9c3539ecf59e4875955fdf552be6b82dfcf13
CRC32 db04e530
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\