Troubleshoot kernel32.dll Errors and Download File

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing kernel32.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 kernel32.dll file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

kernel32.dll file Windows NT BASE API Client DLL. 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 kernel32.dll related errors on your device. You can also download kernel32.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 kernel32.dll
File extension DLL
Description Windows NT BASE API Client DLL
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 kernel32.dll file. kernel32.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 kernel32.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • kernel32.dll is corrupted
  • kernel32.dll cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - kernel32.dll
  • kernel32.dll file error
  • kernel32.dll file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register kernel32.dll file:
  • kernel32.dll file could not be loaded
  • kernel32.dll file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because kernel32.dll file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to kernel32.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 kernel32.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.

kernel32.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 kernel32.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 kernel32.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 kernel32.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 kernel32.dll file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the kernel32.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 kernel32.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 kernel32.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 kernel32.dll file

The last solution is to manually download and replace kernel32.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 kernel32.dll file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of kernel32.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 kernel32.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 kernel32.dll
System Windows 10
File size 624368 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 a9ce161e3e599ef8eb45ec10e57d390d
SHA1 a990a7227f9aa5d7cb16a191b966b5aa3d83fcda
SHA256 7bd02a955fb7d681e31340782042d57e5fd3d70bb2fc49abf896561d93376642
CRC32 ee7e6314
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 1066400 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 d0e43870472c56d34f81b493637d04e2
SHA1 a35a33ae531714ca0d8369898da3b1aee283cf68
SHA256 41c251c60d2c305282646a80bb4d05fd8e44419177f5c631fce0f74da3d96bb3
CRC32 bf4626dc
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows 8
File size 1011712 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 744b34f13e730805e63076622418ccb8
SHA1 56c8b84909e7ca55e98d72925819c0d733836706
SHA256 57331900c84d967a6f20b628650338b08f947095876b8141950e4f2868e12ad3
CRC32 cb73df06
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows 7
File size 1161216 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 7a6326d96d53048fdec542df23d875a0
SHA1 5c02af0206c299f5bcab8da4237cfc92e3e93495
SHA256 182351570856cd6eedd9df7e2fb8ab76bd4d8fc70be11ad5de6484cfd70c21c6
CRC32 535c0f29
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows 7
File size 837632 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 e80758cf485db142fca1ee03a34ead05
SHA1 f43c8335fbe18641bed74717c48e83dfc7a5f42c
SHA256 3f94f8630c7603f9da79bf021cb56ac5357502badf6cb12f6ce11e5b2b244153
CRC32 5cc9c6a7
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 1217536 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 a1489655ab04bbb5290c3fc274d33e57
SHA1 8bdb456c0231a122998cb53adcb868097cef088c
SHA256 5335e6b3ad265c6d9d5b8359348fcd893e68f4102658a3a914c2306732659e16
CRC32 744c5492
Example file location ---
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 858112 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 a5830f679b5b38ae9700a72087178745
SHA1 da3b7d1a2f17fd5b0e4e6ac3d7ca81aece0776b9
SHA256 c64c3b733ee24e100a0522916cb7bc22440316e7244e2c15ffb8802da453fdef
CRC32 f9e7d829
Example file location ---
Filename kernel32.dll
System Windows XP
File size 989696 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 c24b983d211c34da8fcc1ac38477971d
SHA1 e4eb14f7a950a30bc632446a9c9b418837378aac
SHA256 f4ce4ae026c4da40619ec7a846eb65747d84c5ed88a77c425f545fffd53f1973
CRC32 d22125cb
Example file location ---