Troubleshoot dxgkrnl.sys Errors and Download File

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

dxgkrnl.sys file DirectX Graphics Kernel. 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 dxgkrnl.sys related errors on your device. You can also download dxgkrnl.sys 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 dxgkrnl.sys
File extension SYS
Description DirectX Graphics Kernel
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Driver
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 dxgkrnl.sys file. dxgkrnl.sys 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 dxgkrnl.sys file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to dxgkrnl.sys 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 dxgkrnl.sys 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.

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

The last solution is to manually download and replace dxgkrnl.sys 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 dxgkrnl.sys file.

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

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

If the steps did not solve your dxgkrnl.sys 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 dxgkrnl.sys
System Windows 10
File size 2023328 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 ba607c5c1b0dc50044f73cb6f09e9a13
SHA1 2bda89c8af8eb5955b3a2724f93a81f83d351459
SHA256 ce352a07633c3fabc52291427baf1f87260b2525b19a3c7a95b734dfd7559c01
CRC32 c957495f
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
Filename dxgkrnl.sys
System Windows 8.1
File size 1331008 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 fa8c6f23e4d8fecbfac3ed88ddbbbb1b
SHA1 2e4623deb4d35eb8c3cd82cb22f44227eba64b15
SHA256 197cb9ff1e2dd7fe80f6b4b3066367db848d44727820e72ba76153f8111f3167
CRC32 0a98e8bd
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
Filename dxgkrnl.sys
System Windows 8
File size 1229552 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 124bff0c570e00c5ba27b13bb16600b7
SHA1 42821a63b698d43cd4243a1d5a2a527a91fdc842
SHA256 5d29f430630ccf468d7847a21f32f1a2966447ec47008c58b2b1f46ccb5c6619
CRC32 8a43b7c0
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
Filename dxgkrnl.sys
System Windows 7
File size 982912 bytes
Date 2010-11-21
File details
MD5 f5bee30450e18e6b83a5012c100616fd
SHA1 59742db6edf016167a8828c5e523c44c897c4cad
SHA256 44d0577d159fc2bdf4ead1dc2c7fd14925d075225ef97608cac52dee405b08fd
CRC32 ecfc7bdd
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
Filename dxgkrnl.sys
System Windows Vista
File size 885248 bytes
Date 2009-04-11
File details
MD5 e828cdca431d1f98d33501dfc390079a
SHA1 4d58b945e2f240a1b7c40c0c9391796e9f0268a4
SHA256 4a3d08170f3e17872b14554784d6e04d09c0b0bfd711a00baabe35cc83a1f55d
CRC32 5d64f5fd
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\