Download dsound.dll to Fix Errors

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

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

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



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


Problems related to dsound.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 dsound.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dsound.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 dsound.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 dsound.dll
System Windows 10
File size 488960 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 33ed7f186984f998fbde95b90712f598
SHA1 7ea657616fd6963538ccf7e5a525cb21402bf7c1
SHA256 3f04d021644e6dba7860a730cc4c0ba33221e9c52b5ccc68e52d6a3b383967d3
CRC32 e41c0374
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 517120 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 c1ba32abd1d6cf8518509a4e2057f565
SHA1 2087977676b7b4a2967b76328b2a62db1552b553
SHA256 5fec078449fa486c30c8fea02bc7cffe1a7ef494dd807a8e6b2945de83a989af
CRC32 80ee686e
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows 8
File size 523776 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 a97542f6c1b3c99e739e6d2a79c1e1a3
SHA1 7d909d8df313d3bdade7be5f525fdfab9feee8b9
SHA256 6bf04694f04e486b7a17ea0cc82b83ac6ca614c8970f660e9a2c39de9d4b0395
CRC32 52856f57
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows 7
File size 453632 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 0e85c11f8850d524b02181c6e02ba9ae
SHA1 d992c73fe5cef2ed894e8053a3e44860b7ce23bb
SHA256 8703566931067ccf949e9779e4d328dd21210329dd687459300c83ddd06390a8
CRC32 099f1f49
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows 7
File size 540672 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 9110ffad124283f37d38771bb60556af
SHA1 2b140ffcce5bcc1515ece51278ac57947bb127eb
SHA256 bb495fdf86b7c3dd7878c496090a624ce8fe68f61166c91a4c99ef1140f0ad23
CRC32 1bf3b83f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 444416 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 84b8827562b005c118cadba0f25db2c6
SHA1 dc15d11fd09f4b347421d98f70c3494c37c9cf51
SHA256 3aa79e62edcfb994200b29a89c267e5391bbf4da6e5508814da52db801c80fe2
CRC32 3a23efa0
Example file location ---
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 522752 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 ea47af4fbf17580d093c0c36c4e49921
SHA1 1990c7a878b459fea9124d1a39ce5f1ab4f7977a
SHA256 3679ee15445137524bc44db2fb91c83eadeffb35bafd1b3195022e0ce1c4f9e0
CRC32 229ed7a1
Example file location ---
Filename dsound.dll
System Windows XP
File size 367616 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 4d83ed8bddec431fc8ad907b47cfb6e3
SHA1 360ac8659b7662ce958bb45639d6380fccea6fef
SHA256 4687b8dd40ca9b83aa5ce1268f62476eba886c10cc8b7b5ab716e4c56af1eeaf
CRC32 dafe2c25
Example file location ---