Repair and Download winload.exe Now

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

winload.exe file OS Loader. 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 winload.exe related errors on your device. You can also download winload.exe 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 winload.exe
File extension EXE
Description OS Loader
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 winload.exe file. winload.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 winload.exe file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to winload.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 winload.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.

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

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

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of winload.exe file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 7: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---

If the steps did not solve your winload.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 winload.exe
System Windows 10
File size 954600 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 b1d0dcc9b9fa28c63f2a49d3ac1976aa
SHA1 7aeb8bc0362f4a329b51e1f8a12bfe68cb9ca4ab
SHA256 e97944b72f907082cad9c3f37ce428535ac8c26bee3a89262ce6ad387f83de4f
CRC32 997b8fd5
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename winload.exe
System Windows 8.1
File size 1281440 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 da479f0a6c91b52d8d9e4a79b1c4a93e
SHA1 5a4fe987c18a5efe94549f2607f05b9edf666494
SHA256 9a236f683ebf7a13b5486d384979f16a1bda91683132339c4c6e0ef3086f23e6
CRC32 0f787f4b
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename winload.exe
System Windows 8
File size 1063944 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 9275893085fd1574f80e8e3c2096cfee
SHA1 a1d91e22eae37bd5750e8d300f0b2eb5ddd78efc
SHA256 4c2075984cbe1ffa24365cdcedc0373b476804ba5c6c29161ec115f709c71733
CRC32 aa555cd4
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename winload.exe
System Windows 7
File size 605552 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 e2f68dc7fbd6e0bf031ca3809a739346
SHA1 9c35494898e65c8a62887f28e04c0359ab6f63f5
SHA256 b74cd24cef07f0226e7b777f7862943faee4cf288178b423d5344b0769dc15d4
CRC32 a8e19ba0
Example file location ---
Filename winload.exe
System Windows Vista
File size 1064920 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 e50526e2d00e27a27c0454525081604e
SHA1 4c582927e6169a4c43ef6beca802d20ea28cd02a
SHA256 bb725d8d873858ebdae31e5c43f49f2d148f0773b12b59de2956246213104ab2
CRC32 d5edd33f
Example file location ---