How to Download and Fix cmd.exe?

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

cmd.exe file Windows Command Processor. 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 cmd.exe related errors on your device. You can also download cmd.exe 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 cmd.exe
File extension EXE
Description Windows Command Processor
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Executable application
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 cmd.exe file. cmd.exe 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 cmd.exe file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to cmd.exe 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 cmd.exe 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace cmd.exe 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 cmd.exe file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of cmd.exe 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 cmd.exe 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 cmd.exe
System Windows 10
File size 231936 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 50b930137463b14f73186c7c6767a2aa
SHA1 574f512a44097275658f9c304ef0b74029e9ea46
SHA256 eb51a0c96f7de6ce8bb0386429fff83bf95cb23fa61efe499b416f1cb0fc71c9
CRC32 daf559df
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows 8.1
File size 315392 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 622d21c40a25f9834a03bfd5ff4710c1
SHA1 98a9ac93fe31f38f47f38db78bf12fa0c6214f9a
SHA256 48985b22a895154cc44f9eb77489cfdf54fa54506e8ecaef492fe30f40d27e90
CRC32 219301c2
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows 8
File size 349696 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 5996c79fb52bde3fa10f77396654ae42
SHA1 ac4d87e771010698cdc82116f289abfcf7d67027
SHA256 910d521315b83bb0d805eaceac3c83169aa791d1d1e64b417077c01ae21feb66
CRC32 f45d00cb
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows 7
File size 345088 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 5746bd7e255dd6a8afa06f7c42c1ba41
SHA1 0f3c4ff28f354aede202d54e9d1c5529a3bf87d8
SHA256 db06c3534964e3fc79d2763144ba53742d7fa250ca336f4a0fe724b75aaff386
CRC32 838e4463
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows 7
File size 302592 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 ad7b9c14083b52bc532fba5948342b98
SHA1 ee8cbf12d87c4d388f09b4f69bed2e91682920b5
SHA256 17f746d82695fa9b35493b41859d39d786d32b23a9d2e00f4011dec7a02402ae
CRC32 f9211fae
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows Vista
File size 363008 bytes
Date 2008-01-21
File details
MD5 72a73b43c20902760022fbc91b3ec948
SHA1 25e58b570dcf7dd4c135def33094d75f6488ece5
SHA256 4624359d20a235c004fdd0eeb36a14fe35291a1ee8d198149995f64327a7a361
CRC32 3ec7f1ff
Example file location ---
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows Vista
File size 318976 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 74f26fc01b180d4a99a168ed69c30a53
SHA1 46372c2278b2e369a7ce3e0879a23d009ccb6340
SHA256 d2fd623d70340f650bfac8c31102e1b9168fe1750c141a23accc1a21f9f93a94
CRC32 732e0d62
Example file location ---
Filename cmd.exe
System Windows XP
File size 389120 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 6d778e0f95447e6546553eeea709d03c
SHA1 811a005cf787c6ccbe0d9f1c36c1d49a9cb71fd1
SHA256 62abed7d45040381bbced97ea7b6c697b418448fd3322fd4bfb2bbfdb6155eb4
CRC32 34e0d0d6
Example file location ---