How to Download and Fix dmloader.dll?

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

dmloader.dll file Microsoft DirectMusic Loader. 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 dmloader.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dmloader.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, 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 XP

File info

General information
Filename dmloader.dll
File extension DLL
Description Microsoft DirectMusic Loader
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 dmloader.dll file. dmloader.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 dmloader.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dmloader.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 dmloader.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.

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

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

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

If the steps did not solve your dmloader.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 dmloader.dll
System Windows 10
File size 42496 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 59cecb6d4a342865d13caa8cf66c913e
SHA1 a15248ba7d3e4120b53a6c4864a63a32e18b0a74
SHA256 592506917026ebac0db92924e602a0c0c38f269a58c11871d96624676f02fbc8
CRC32 75143933
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dmloader.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 41472 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 27cd74bfc10fef783b697e816c4444ed
SHA1 57b340bc3cb3f6254d990e73a0f5e54f8397f3ff
SHA256 608c0a38b440907690a25c1efd0089e9812bb3068ed7ee72feba3b380b74128a
CRC32 8f0d22e6
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dmloader.dll
System Windows 8
File size 36352 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 857b058a2514f0f6f1f04f05be8293d5
SHA1 1846c2d03c163d22bf85b2f065601904dbe2202f
SHA256 70a1cacc70e47c116e7dcea819501de4fc74d14a2ceb45b9f99096d0b0bb01a2
CRC32 69d0dd4e
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dmloader.dll
System Windows 7
File size 47616 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 65c10d265f07e5f3a3af44902b225208
SHA1 78576c283ce0c92a17b65c95b578a3f9b0cea7bd
SHA256 1c82588f0e62001027f48c3fda7cf1ad0e69dcc4ecd07d8a1cdd76b8ddcf294e
CRC32 07fe5ba8
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dmloader.dll
System Windows 7
File size 38400 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 ef4fc9ad831ee60a5b5aa1df08e01a87
SHA1 e9557196a7bb492b5d63a2353b31006686bfce2c
SHA256 c1986820540deedbd494f4d5475a62e7ea5d40e827692ff47ae6f0013e33e9fb
CRC32 bdfce3bb
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dmloader.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 38400 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 e921e752385c351e6506f5846a2f2e1a
SHA1 44ada6d8ca81001120e2f1d8e2cb36b3bdbcbd6b
SHA256 bca37711e8a6a6d71dafae07dbac911e624e63af055b945d82c1810e373ed912
CRC32 c51c3d43
Example file location ---
Filename dmloader.dll
System Windows XP
File size 35840 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 67370bdd46d642b3196c46e3b72cdad4
SHA1 73258f9cd786dee3844ea7e9187109d01f980af8
SHA256 02c164d7cd65a8a060fe7ad7a16c1bd6302666ba12e42ba2dae080b9821d5e5a
CRC32 b44f4705
Example file location ---