DfsShlEx.dll Informations - Download and Fix

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

DfsShlEx.dll file Distributed File System shell extension. 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 DfsShlEx.dll related errors on your device. You can also download DfsShlEx.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP 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, Windows XP

File info

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

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



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


Problems related to DfsShlEx.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 DfsShlEx.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of DfsShlEx.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: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your DfsShlEx.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 DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows 10
File size 56320 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 a2450a3a17d2f50a1b5eb04402e38f81
SHA1 20f96d994b937e8dcf1221c6063f4e1db45709fe
SHA256 53b545a6af16c9854ab79ca84806c6d7ea101519941c5998024539c9690147f7
CRC32 c3384895
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 57856 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 b13df45db2b65db6641271289d595a98
SHA1 16db26c71ef2d7c6ac37bb88f6d97a3c29f0a4b9
SHA256 e7ca562097f55aada08c1da3230df568b4c67ddebad8db143d1ad727f533eca6
CRC32 d81c2c25
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows 8
File size 54272 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 d2c561d8937c0616172e4ab6c965b90f
SHA1 39cbe6e59fc935b4e0b92bad595c2e1cdb58f631
SHA256 9ae5649321d2fabbccb2d56cf2547e2f687799c6ce24c4258720ec1ad411c867
CRC32 5463394e
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows 7
File size 54272 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 04973c82d4be968ebd3554d059325c8b
SHA1 e6727af297137db661140f46948be276e10c8335
SHA256 4911650d4a9e754ae645a4bee3bec2a769bce53f8ed2ac53bf402ca86a346989
CRC32 2644380b
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows 7
File size 68096 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 f7528dcf8c177867f7277223be174c45
SHA1 2fc3d686e6a1ba0ac0404bfc31b145ebc66e91ba
SHA256 ec1321da2e7b6df1bd7d4e8175fdac9017d5dcfef405994820d2ce0571ff7250
CRC32 f9c6c648
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 53760 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 25689b65734d65e4e73256b3d6842c1a
SHA1 f2640985e3c9d7a2d2f93dabde15ca48ce13f86e
SHA256 755af124d4c53916f5841a3b4579221f14afe4b176699d138368cc8073f43efe
CRC32 d8b89e2f
Example file location ---
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 67584 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 9f4d1741796069ccf3fd9acc93e85c71
SHA1 d4add67027c57884c6510afda729f95583fc501b
SHA256 03ce50bd2d2c2ea3cfaddbaab9e309fe1b83a5a107f4ac891b56cc5f8e82f670
CRC32 3c0a54b6
Example file location ---
Filename DfsShlEx.dll
System Windows XP
File size 28672 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 e305d407e888f5859ab9b3df3a342838
SHA1 dcbab925353ed991febd44d83a8c0d3e79628444
SHA256 aed12fc93a46ee4c8357f146dfdcfc8270d55a8f77ec27f2512b2ab1fba58c50
CRC32 191d34fb
Example file location ---