How to Download and Fix dpnet.dll?

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

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

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



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


Problems related to dpnet.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 dpnet.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.

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

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

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

If the steps did not solve your dpnet.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 dpnet.dll
System Windows 10
File size 8192 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 7b0b61bec720c7484c4f488cb8c71d52
SHA1 2a2021d60606aae5c73070344d8b48aede3c07eb
SHA256 0c2d6ade7fc4aedaa3b18b1402872d8e089e22bfe9da176d56644bcd2be5546b
CRC32 2fbc0b76
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 8192 bytes
Date 2013-08-22
File details
MD5 45fee7008562673e51a7bf17f7f883b4
SHA1 83c7790ac77486dfaa813e92ba34191ff67af997
SHA256 0597aaf25f1e7458c19a7b78ee64711d256c3c649af9fff40675e73af6cf7836
CRC32 0f81464c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows 8
File size 375808 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 5ba7adb1a3c957d9d155431423da845e
SHA1 30cad54595bb716a0a38c06d167629a941c4acaa
SHA256 196c8098ca187bed1126aa1bf671c16fb51c87000df307c2c69e528bc7e07864
CRC32 fd5999e2
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows 7
File size 478208 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 9e775409f934cd034cce211cd4c91fcd
SHA1 7aa6373f0aaf1100990b5bf6163202f752d7fc19
SHA256 2b16275dbb565bcceaf798b343133cd64298d3f87955961aba9db66c48ceb09e
CRC32 c481582d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows 7
File size 376832 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 b608555af553a2b9e957075ba0626d28
SHA1 f27d4f787c524a1b053c42bba2e26863672f7680
SHA256 9a86cdb0f4ce0e1f1d5b85bb08ea0bbca0c2eeef16ea694ea08d1f76f2473c6a
CRC32 7461e60d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 477696 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 2177d2e0602848bb7ab266257416fd6e
SHA1 bfd9058e0c3d8b94d31119cf7e1404a4ad615d15
SHA256 2e15752e5e862abca981b2bb8e46ea68716ab7a98545619092e8a00eb64bf717
CRC32 f420d19b
Example file location ---
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 376320 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 8d27b8e9652b1ba65c03d05a816ea940
SHA1 f78c63cb3510617020f4dd452585d3f5b41bd897
SHA256 a6b680031387887029a56e43e9ecb840f814981e1df5ed4ea043f441f8e527a0
CRC32 0f1afff7
Example file location ---
Filename dpnet.dll
System Windows XP
File size 375296 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 c855bb26697a4c6027722435df153720
SHA1 758b0097b0eca67626465fd833aa21d0f0eaad3f
SHA256 f33f86603589c4b8b33b90f1df91bfbc44c4c49ad94c0f8f9429c49de57caf96
CRC32 6e65b4dd
Example file location ---