Download and Fix dfshim.dll

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

dfshim.dll file ClickOnce Application Deployment Support 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 dfshim.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dfshim.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 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, Windows Vista, Windows Vista

File info

General information
Filename dfshim.dll
File extension DLL
Description ClickOnce Application Deployment Support Library
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 dfshim.dll file. dfshim.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 dfshim.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dfshim.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 dfshim.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dfshim.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\SysWOW64\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---

If the steps did not solve your dfshim.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 dfshim.dll
System Windows 10
File size 1196032 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 b45e638a10d11ac7597efa06f7e9991f
SHA1 d010d66caa46fb8d6d5214edf6b993ba07a6bac9
SHA256 c56c517a78467ac687b21c60c66aadf86c144df11e79776b249608b374ad3b69
CRC32 0650fc52
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfshim.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 1220608 bytes
Date 2013-08-22
File details
MD5 57fbf1dc2d494ec1d6cbcf1e9f25dcf2
SHA1 215719ed37149d65cb0170afe33b8051ae7cfed3
SHA256 d77471a82b2eaf44d8490b0328768146024c06e6f2a965fb91d73826cf20d3fb
CRC32 bfd6d6d0
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfshim.dll
System Windows 8
File size 1131592 bytes
Date 2012-06-02
File details
MD5 fc4e9a560827b28482245a12c1977071
SHA1 059250a0cf7d82ca6108bc3bde58e6b1ae724a24
SHA256 02c3ad7bcb760ff310b0476e781369ba16aca73d9fefe8826ad6037d438b624f
CRC32 8c0594c6
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dfshim.dll
System Windows 7
File size 1130824 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 518318a103c888001054efa1236e5033
SHA1 0bbc9cfcb230c4df06333844ef07a6f99c4b2189
SHA256 5a637eb57549ed3ab12a93c078a7d86c3c8401a86c280b99674d34a814771ef2
CRC32 9463e770
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename dfshim.dll
System Windows 7
File size 1942856 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 e1dcee9e3ec0522df24397be1a64e449
SHA1 b7fe64fdf7fd76d35b5eb173179080e092bf686e
SHA256 840d91b6386bd9537d130ae1b6129186d0d97eabcc0cc254422496d28665017d
CRC32 bc4e69d6
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename dfshim.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 93512 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 2d82e6a9d1f8095f81bdda21e369d3d2
SHA1 42c819ac1d61f7d9ccea68bfb60724bab12615cc
SHA256 56083768f240ad62c5a36e9ecaaf9398816e5a77559691c53d022496c405776f
CRC32 aa010c91
Example file location ---
Filename dfshim.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 108864 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 dceb990982f68b6d8392505433c787d0
SHA1 261b288df6aa863b1c12ac68bbbf5029bce77907
SHA256 1e2198abc0273fdd735ce46828d56bddddf8fe15dfda05b8cf744b61b250c6e2
CRC32 da0389a5
Example file location ---