FIX: Wdsutil.dll is missing in Windows 10, 7

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by Madalina Dinita
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  • Windows 10 is a reliable OS but, just like every man-made thing, it can sometimes break.
  • The missing wdsutil.dll issue is a common Windows error that can cause a wide variety of problem, including computer slow-downs and software installation issues.
  • Wdsutil.dll errors often prevent users from launching the programs they want. But the good news is that you can fix them and, in this guide, we'll show you how you can do that.
  • This guide is part of our troubleshooting hub dedicated to system errors. Feel free to bookmark it so that you may have it at hand if you need to fix other system errors later on.
fix missing wdsutil.dll

The wdsutil.dll is missing error is a common Windows error which can cause various system issues such as: slow boot up sequences, computer freezing issues, shutdown issues, as well as installation fails.

These .dll errors should be fixed as soon as possible because they affect many system areas. Their main role is to allow multiple software programs to share the same functionality.

What to do if wdsutil.dll was not found

Wdsutil.dll is missing error can prevent you from running certain applications, and speaking of this error, here are some similar issues that users reported:

  • The program can’t start because wdsutil dll is missing from your computer – This issue can appear if your Windows installation is damaged, but you should be able to fix the problem simply by running SFC or DISM scan on your PC.
  • Wdsutil.dll missing Windows 7, 8.1, 10 – This problem can appear on almost any version of Windows, but even if you don’t use Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions.
  • Wdsutil dll missing error code 0x7e, 0xc1 – Sometimes this message can be followed by a certain error code. To fix that issue, it’s advised that you update all your drivers and check if that helps.
  • Wdsutil.dll failed to load – If you keep getting this error message, you might be able to fix it simply by performing an in-place upgrade.

Solution 1 – Run the SFC scan command

Problems with wdsutil.dll can sometimes occur if your system files are corrupted. However, you might be able to fix this problem simply by performing an SFC scan. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X > select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type sfc /scannow > press Enter.
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  3. Wait until the command is completed.

If the SFC scan didn’t fix the problem, or if you can’t run SFC at all, you might have to use DISM scan instead. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Now enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command and press Enter.
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  3. DISM scan will now start. The scan can take about 30 minutes, so be sure not to interfere with it.

Once the scan is finished, check if the problem is still there. If the issue is still present, we recommend trying a 3rd party solution.

Run a third-party DLL fixer

There are plenty of third-party programs out there that promise to fix or replace missing or broken DLLs, and most of them stay true to their word. However, if you are to choose just one, then there’s no way you can go wrong with Restoro.

How to use Restoro to fix missing or broken DLLs

  1. Download here Restoro and install it on your Windows 10 PC
  2. Let Restoro perform a full system scan
  3. When the scan is finished, press Clean Now
    • This is when you will have to activate your license key
    • Before the repair process starts, Restoro will create a restore point of your system in case things go wrong
  4. Restoro will now proceed to fix your DLL-related issue.

Note: While Restoro can be downloaded for free, it has limited functionality until you activate it. That being the case, if you want the full benefit of a great PC repair and optimization tool, you should purchase the full license.

Solution 2 – Run a full system scan

The program can’t start because wdsutil dll is missing from your computer

It is possible that this wdsutil.dll error is caused by a malware program running on your computer. Run a full system scan using your antivirus. You can also use one of these anti-hacking tools to literally sweep all malware from your computer.

If you want to ensure that your PC is properly protected from malware, it’s always a good idea to use a good third-party antivirus software.

To ensure that your PC is completely protected from online threats, we suggest that you download Bitdefender and perform a full system scan. After removing the malware from your PC, check if the problem is still there.


Solution 3 – Manually register wdsutil.dll

According to users, sometimes you might getwdsutil.dll is missing message because the file isn’t properly registered. However, you can fix that problem on your own simply by running a couple of commands in Command Prompt. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
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  2. Type the command regsvr32 /u wdsutil.dll to unregister the file > hit Enter.
  3. Type the command regsvr32 /i wdsutil.dll to register back your file > hit Enter.
  4. Close the Command Prompt windows > re-start the program associated with the wdsutil.dll error.

Solution 4 –  Use a Registry cleaner

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A registry cleaning tool can fix the wdsutil.dll registry entries that might be causing the error. You can use one of the following registry cleaners listed in our article 10 best Registry Cleaners for Windows 10.

If you’re looking for a good registry cleaner that might be able to fix your problem, we suggest that you try CCleaner.


Solution 5 – Update your computer drivers

According to users, sometimes the wdsutil.dll is missing message can appear due to outdated drivers. To fix this problem, you need to update outdated drivers by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager.
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  2. Expand the driver category associated with the wdsutil.dll error > right-click it > select Update driver.
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  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
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  4. Re-start the program associated with the wdsutil.dll error.

Alternatively, you can download the drivers right from the manufactuer’s website. This might be ta edious task, especially if you need to update drivers for several devices. If you want to update drivers automatically with just a couple of clicks, we suggest you try TweakBit Driver Updater software.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with additional solutions to fix wdsutil.dll errors. Bookmark our hub dedicated to fixing Windows system errors just in case you need to fix other update issues later on.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2016 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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