dwmcore.dll - Repair Issues and Download

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

dwmcore.dll file Microsoft DWM Core Library. 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 dwmcore.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dwmcore.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7 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

File info

General information
Filename dwmcore.dll
File extension DLL
Description Microsoft DWM Core Library
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 dwmcore.dll file. dwmcore.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 dwmcore.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dwmcore.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 dwmcore.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dwmcore.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\

If the steps did not solve your dwmcore.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 dwmcore.dll
System Windows 10
File size 2298880 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 e57138d2fc331d68cd0c9d8b3ad665b8
SHA1 1264d9f0fe5c4940a20f2ba379d83c0aeb413413
SHA256 29c18742b10aa36e84d33362c8916daec0bf62bc76d39e940e8b33bb4fd9714f
CRC32 ae7ede07
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmcore.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 1945600 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 caa8b5a3ebbf32e33ea2ce83622f8ece
SHA1 3eca3bb963b1df274d2f9c5740cae8b6dc3897bd
SHA256 ef58a1f02e30a01ba2941990fc9998b2c68f2407d00403954c753441aed1acfd
CRC32 d6333a3d
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmcore.dll
System Windows 8
File size 1838592 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 c832ca523f5d807386109d18604c0c63
SHA1 5b992165d320b0af7211e797a2173d61bbaf3f6d
SHA256 01886c9d9d93ae9ef7f1b2a4d3ead2b5e2498570259b2367c51095d85a9043d5
CRC32 bf324996
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmcore.dll
System Windows 7
File size 1371136 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 497e59d9f01c6f247e72222a61835119
SHA1 b45654f9a697b82c624bf99c40fe76faa44210fc
SHA256 4c31900ba2f911b2a5ae8f7fce267dce17655b20a6b71cd4e38fe1b1692142d1
CRC32 0e0cb94b
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename dwmcore.dll
System Windows 7
File size 1632256 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 4ba77a5ef71c14c764b0ed4701683e3e
SHA1 5d418af109092495034747dda5f6eecfcc51e026
SHA256 066a064cdbe09bf8be1df5b259f30ff6c124a1c3d637800d3e19e8e25edb950e
CRC32 c4dde789
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\