Fix dps.dll Errors

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

dps.dll file WDI Diagnostic Policy Service. 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 dps.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dps.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, 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 Vista

File info

General information
Filename dps.dll
File extension DLL
Description WDI Diagnostic Policy Service
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 dps.dll file. dps.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 dps.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dps.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 dps.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dps.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 Vista: C:\Windows\System32\

If the steps did not solve your dps.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 dps.dll
System Windows 10
File size 136704 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 b74e201c6051a1582d3aa90037dd9651
SHA1 cf110423e855032916bec95255c61c436c297f3d
SHA256 c3c6c1f1a35539481366f51dba82676711401d4a9fbceba06757d1014bd60ec7
CRC32 441b08f9
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dps.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 147968 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 ddd45811b9833cbf81e09a5c933f3bb8
SHA1 fff8980bff8b62e70a9a9a69c7edc89ea0c5b5eb
SHA256 100b634f2c997f4bed58898261005369e866559583f0196158225a680a0ac625
CRC32 1ae5bb79
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dps.dll
System Windows 8
File size 169984 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 07d96198afb530cf4a0a9b5c0e49073f
SHA1 ed377501853dd960ec95a901d52a2618896c6f9b
SHA256 988b50cda4ebc3a8626a947cb741f74f6682877ab313822b717d88cda2227a6b
CRC32 0298535c
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dps.dll
System Windows 7
File size 162816 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 b26f4f737e8f9df4f31af6cf31d05820
SHA1 8a08a64d6c7283f437559cf725b2f559ea55b027
SHA256 394bbbed4ec7fad4110f62a43bfe0801d4ac56ffac6c741c69407b26402311c7
CRC32 8b0919d5
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dps.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 139264 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 1583b39790db3eaec7edb0cb0140c708
SHA1 ff90a32122565fe014570c7967a7aff64fe29470
SHA256 f94f9ae7054a38602cd25d4e10fe7c7b574bd9ed8440c3fdaa7275a1d1e663e7
CRC32 1c772b5c
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\