wowreg32.exe Informations - Download and Fix

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing wowreg32.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 wowreg32.exe file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

wowreg32.exe file SetupAPI 64-bit Surrogate. 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 wowreg32.exe related errors on your device. You can also download wowreg32.exe file compatible with Windows 7, Windows 7 devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 7

File info

General information
Filename wowreg32.exe
File extension EXE
Description SetupAPI 64-bit Surrogate
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 wowreg32.exe file. wowreg32.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 wowreg32.exe file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • wowreg32.exe is corrupted
  • wowreg32.exe cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - wowreg32.exe
  • wowreg32.exe file error
  • wowreg32.exe file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register wowreg32.exe file:
  • wowreg32.exe file could not be loaded
  • wowreg32.exe file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because wowreg32.exe file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to wowreg32.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 wowreg32.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.

wowreg32.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 wowreg32.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 wowreg32.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 wowreg32.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 wowreg32.exe file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the wowreg32.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 wowreg32.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 wowreg32.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 wowreg32.exe file

The last solution is to manually download and replace wowreg32.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 wowreg32.exe file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of wowreg32.exe file example directory paths.

  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\

If the steps did not solve your wowreg32.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 wowreg32.exe
System Windows 7
File size 14336 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 77f399802b0c74348fdacc50444a3ab9
SHA1 ef15538e55e8201a9ea6d6200ef0fdfccebd3756
SHA256 da77f977f19ad90074d34ee7d35196f131af142190870b209b2740646fb59770
CRC32 3dd2497f
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
Filename wowreg32.exe
System Windows 7
File size 16384 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 a055b7acefe4faab70f7e710d3554f31
SHA1 ffeda845f9c8e07a66b0517bc3b19037fffa6f1c
SHA256 ca80cad32b8b6d3e32dac0c2a34ebbc6d0dd601913eae89b90e756f6ff3137af
CRC32 1089adda
Example file location C:\Windows\SysWOW64\