Troubleshoot DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.dll Errors and Download File

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

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

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



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


Problems related to DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.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 DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.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 DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.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 DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.dll
System Windows 10
File size 114688 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 ea99c1f8fea6d309f843e09fb0e41a55
SHA1 64330a514de0eab746a235dfeb329ca61a26ee5d
SHA256 de8215323e75d24cd83c6ddc8c4a1c5e3992f943cf47d84561ad5249ca7ae7fa
CRC32 629fb2e4
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 114176 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 7c45e733f7837e40570bece0c17414e8
SHA1 b23df71f4cfb2aa00b21f626d053f72068d65987
SHA256 e0b85bda979dd09405db61da49068625bbe030db617ab225793a1dd762427fbd
CRC32 f7e113b7
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DeviceMetadataRetrievalClient.dll
System Windows 8
File size 109568 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 98c971d18937074ad13a853047ae40f2
SHA1 4f16ad22eb9074dc842a8385a5652a106c5fc9e3
SHA256 7942db7056ea0e9c990a55d790c959bd058a4af103910fc3a9f2319a96cd7762
CRC32 0c6a8afe
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\