How to Download and Fix dsquery.dll?

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

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

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



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


Problems related to dsquery.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 dsquery.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dsquery.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 dsquery.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 dsquery.dll
System Windows 10
File size 411136 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 5403b219e57c69394ff730732fca7064
SHA1 5d3aaf5059f2608a3cdb351dc4a9f34c4bbfd6e8
SHA256 e5b8fd052b5138176656438d19bf948d94dc3d52d41051927a3283b7a4789244
CRC32 024d1c55
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 402944 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 d7c0ff0d7416ba09942a96c21d9438cf
SHA1 aef8bc48aadb0226d6559135fa1253504c9fce98
SHA256 10e3938da78a3321dc38e5c89a04d61c159c293a215ea2621fa1760681603260
CRC32 4e4066ea
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows 8
File size 394752 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 2a596816d43f53b7dbc29dcdd737a5ed
SHA1 199764debbe4aea6de10ae9737746e80f40aec5e
SHA256 be4a63209af4b559b9c0a7051c1dc7b9dcb5b4cb28bc85cb10dee0ee1d54558c
CRC32 e2639118
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows 7
File size 429056 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 8c66e306fbd21e21e6246468dd9fa9a5
SHA1 bf03b7b4324b6a1d46ae04c93676da4841979bba
SHA256 95d8477ecb19da1aac5119825ea67cac8d85f7c203f956286eafbacc71e610b3
CRC32 ca058561
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows 7
File size 395776 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 b108b28138b93ec4822e165b82e41c7a
SHA1 7056b044f97e3e349e3e0183311bb44b0bc3464f
SHA256 062a7399100454c7a523a938293bef7ddb0bc10636ed402be5f9797d8cc3c57e
CRC32 51dfffef
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 394240 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 b2232ae63f84539b3416edf1b4240a4a
SHA1 aa4b4a580aab9989c4e0dbf5c1d0185e565b12fc
SHA256 10657a673492c969fabd22ca86bec5f7e29d8b411cb73ff7e6505422164bbcde
CRC32 0f2da1de
Example file location ---
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 428032 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 dbdeb93481b6b2e3363b885e4624c68c
SHA1 50a4c2f71bf037485d646e47e5e5c726e4566c8d
SHA256 acab2f20924451a50c0228b9bc0eb6586acb90260155d2238a84a907d1ff59da
CRC32 201efe5e
Example file location ---
Filename dsquery.dll
System Windows XP
File size 239104 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 a416b20935c4bc3f0f1208d200b8af88
SHA1 b1992a48fe73cc91eaf1d4add26016bc6184005d
SHA256 bf6364648156e3551ef594c902ad0ba382131fcbcdfde80665b18d03e4201845
CRC32 f93de7ab
Example file location ---