dswave.dll - How to Fix? Download Now

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

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

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



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


Problems related to dswave.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 dswave.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dswave.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\SysWOW64\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your dswave.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 dswave.dll
System Windows 10
File size 23552 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 76f318e42edb2f856870a8388fb68385
SHA1 732e060a5a80e957363ea16bf456f317a999b5d6
SHA256 cabde9c7f1f07d8af34879ba54b2843577a56517000cde477f6c724227fcf688
CRC32 9b7ed7f0
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dswave.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 23040 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 4525fed8406721420efd64ddc93aaa6b
SHA1 16163ab4211042f0303a07411bfe889f6ceff2c8
SHA256 b26d361ae6779568f315c1db272afc89078c95340a49c10f817bba6b36fd5d6e
CRC32 66064094
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dswave.dll
System Windows 8
File size 21504 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 248d9bfc353c05ef0a32bfa06b7f570d
SHA1 504a6ff655d24b6c80fb7bce220afdac0d089bf6
SHA256 ba0bb3369f62264c2f04807d523fee15e311e0a5ab1fdb50ea52bfb3e6ffb641
CRC32 88667998
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dswave.dll
System Windows 7
File size 20992 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 31a254ea7eacfb3a7abafb178c3c8efd
SHA1 921c3c29d72beb063d3fa5cddc53f8b3b77b7ba3
SHA256 88442261a999cd90d7d142254ad6ba6e5a911a5aa47196fde4b41ec483d33e08
CRC32 dce3446d
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename dswave.dll
System Windows 7
File size 25088 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 54eeee4e2ea27ec6ec245f8fd7f4fd51
SHA1 bbc9977b5224fdfd207bd8829dc655536a93cf0a
SHA256 7a95848fb236a5df54ed22761a08a9cb7138a7bed71c6b883b71b1aead413817
CRC32 6e47b588
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename dswave.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 20992 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 c16b856dd2635281acb4b964eba69328
SHA1 bb39dc4d4e3909f7f2ae5329b0e8547d9cacef20
SHA256 2bd4dce79d30562b37dcd1a2138bf7e75bb23984cade538ecc9743c43e030f39
CRC32 2faca35e
Example file location ---
Filename dswave.dll
System Windows XP
File size 19456 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 3ebc5dd41fdbf0fc4598b7c7ff5dbdae
SHA1 1b456be1aa035c2b685d75f21a3034397814b965
SHA256 11b248bfbebcbaf663cb2bc82f5eb45ddba8db48f4a99c78d4a69fa51bb67516
CRC32 c5ce4547
Example file location ---