Fix dwmredir.dll Errors

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

dwmredir.dll file Microsoft Desktop Window Manager Redirection Component. 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 dwmredir.dll related errors on your device. You can also download dwmredir.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 dwmredir.dll
File extension DLL
Description Microsoft Desktop Window Manager Redirection Component
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 dwmredir.dll file. dwmredir.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 dwmredir.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dwmredir.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 dwmredir.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of dwmredir.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 dwmredir.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 dwmredir.dll
System Windows 10
File size 116736 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 d20f7ba56dd8b0294355b809ef45c515
SHA1 364f49e17e62e7da50efac9c4e7d1c561b79b04a
SHA256 5de29f68029b3bf98934d340725935ccaa62ae59a4528e4c78df93763b3cbfa9
CRC32 e539b6c2
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmredir.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 125440 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 e7cfe2d23d0acb81de37a534379d597d
SHA1 bee3d5ed06314b9e473cf74564c93650d3d1567c
SHA256 2157045adf66359f7244edb631d5e057b64d650fd795900ea2df48bb49239b7e
CRC32 b6f3bc3f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmredir.dll
System Windows 8
File size 137728 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 c2800520b09ac5e3909d5c69b784e32b
SHA1 c507c7baf3d72d37fa980aa31f0d6a7f89f82475
SHA256 9d6eb522204ac290c865106272480d2ff4f9c42412111b3fc0c8c7883a15159a
CRC32 2851e13a
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmredir.dll
System Windows 7
File size 128512 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 fcfcd1101c5da23b4b95f93d02b2c169
SHA1 d3e729ece46e843d4c2eea75109fc3b0b6efb2f9
SHA256 040a086875b6c5475490a2f8b0cf4ff20ddb4fedfe5fcabba49692aa05f40527
CRC32 42d00f48
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename dwmredir.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 102400 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 a78e7e16e8696172ff3f4147e6050dc3
SHA1 cb0b1e60b72b93e725a8ac2778d13ab34d51fc0a
SHA256 5aef9e3e649a74a739c462193b4808b40b790d605cb00a45438c30907d581736
CRC32 393758fb
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\