Fix dfscli.dll Errors

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

dfscli.dll file Windows NT Distributed File System Client DLL. 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 dfscli.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dfscli.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, 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, Windows 7

File info

General information
Filename dfscli.dll
File extension DLL
Description Windows NT Distributed File System Client DLL
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 dfscli.dll file. dfscli.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 dfscli.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dfscli.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 dfscli.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dfscli.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\

If the steps did not solve your dfscli.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 dfscli.dll
System Windows 10
File size 44032 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 af9ab2acffa88c8d68e10a978ace2fd1
SHA1 02e10d4bee51d7ab412c47b89725b141cc1aff98
SHA256 4e39b4db3ca7331c255a24bf26a4ea76c266abf38ef8ac76cf3f6f7af34d2c41
CRC32 4ef2b28e
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfscli.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 43008 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 9e11211df84aa29664e314d55e2cc7f8
SHA1 123fa84d42fb0638f34a4441b07944b08f9010ee
SHA256 a0eca6c6e01dff1236277d864e5974e6284bb81a171a71ff7d9e685ac14bf7e9
CRC32 e2b74e39
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfscli.dll
System Windows 8
File size 40960 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 2f0a913638f51a3141b585723b89180b
SHA1 ff6e9161dcb2fc373db0bea1d20d4dce78044efb
SHA256 3ee31434ef8ef75e2c18bd40e967a12e6d557623083ac7dec531fabff72ebfbc
CRC32 4509d334
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfscli.dll
System Windows 7
File size 62976 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 1369df1aa12a11876b41627099923edb
SHA1 2d0348826a752c086e6ba215d5083808e0a6ae1c
SHA256 5c7ec61a664eda85df713ddce6edd7f0b6453ae75d3da84dbe2606936be6d6be
CRC32 32f88781
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfscli.dll
System Windows 7
File size 43008 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 7aa994d0757ef3fdb4f3f7656e1e4d60
SHA1 8ccd54eed60366c8c54cd0a97e9b583dd8121f00
SHA256 39ada6f6e212d5f787d15cc2ddb43c5d7d42f57722d2da4379a1a35733cc1e13
CRC32 fd03d127
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\