Where is Windows Driver Foundation located

Windows Driver Foundation is missing, failed to load, or not working

if it was Windows Driver Foundation Missing or not working properly on your Windows 11/10 PC, you may encounter various errors or system crashes. Some users have noticed that the keyboard and touchpad of their laptop suddenly stopped working. After investigating the cause of the problem, they learned that the problem is caused by Windows Driver Foundation process was missing on their Windows 11/10 machine. When viewing the error log in the event viewer, they saw “Failed to load driver \ WUDFRd” wrong message.

Failed to load driver \ WUDFRd

This article discusses solutions that will help you solve problems caused by missing Windows Driver Foundation service on your Windows 11/10 PC.

Windows Driver Foundation is missing, failed to load, or not working

One of the possible causes for this problem is missing system files. So, before you start trying the troubleshooting methods below in this article, we suggest that you perform an SFC scan and a DISM scan on your system. System File Checker (SFC) is a Windows utility that helps users to repair corrupted system image files. The DISM (Deployment Image Service and Management) command also helps repair corrupted system image files. You can run this command when the SFC command fails.

If the SFC and DISM scan did not solve your problem, go for the following fixes to fix the problem.

  1. Update your device drivers
  2. Uninstall and reinstall USB controllers via Device Manager
  3. Add wudfsvc.dll via Microsoft Register Server
  4. Perform a system restore
  5. Repair Windows with Media Creation Tool

Let’s see all these solutions in detail.

1]Update your device drivers

If you get”WUDFRd driver failedThen, the problem might be with your device drivers. Hence, update your device drivers and see if that helps. You can use any of the following methods to update your device drivers.

  1. Open Windows 11/10 Settings and use the Optional Windows Updates feature to update device drivers.
  2. Visit the official website of the manufacturer of the problematic device and download the latest version of the driver for your device. Now, run the installer file to install the driver manually.
  3. Update your device driver from Device Manager by following the steps written below:
    • open the device manager.
    • Right-click on your problematic device driver. For example, if you are having issues with the touchpad, expand Mice and other pointing devices Node and right-click on the touchpad driver.
    • Choose Driver Update.
    • Now, click Automatically search for drivers to choose.

2]Uninstall and reinstall USB controllers via Device Manager

If the above method did not help you fix the problem, then uninstall and reinstall the USB controllers via Device Manager. The steps for this are written below:

Uninstall and reinstall the USB controller

  1. Click on win + X keys and select device manager.
  2. When Device Manager appears, expand File Universal Serial Bus Controllers node.
  3. Right-click on the USB controller and select removal device.
  4. After uninstalling the driver, restart your computer.

After your device restarts, Windows will detect hardware changes and install the missing USB controller driver.

3]Add wudfsvc.dll via Microsoft Register Server

Another problem that users encounter due to missing Windows Driver Foundation is a file wudfsvc.dll is missing. One way to fix this problem is to add wudfsvc.dll via Microsoft Register Server. Microsoft Register Server is used to register DLL files in Windows. You can use the regsvr32 command and see if it brings any changes.

Go through the instructions written below:

Run Command Prompt as administrator. Type the following commands and hit Enter after entering each of these commands.

regsvr32 /u wudfsvc.dll

regsvr32 /i wudfsvc.dll

After executing the above commands, close Command Prompt and restart your computer.

By default, all system DLLs are located in the following location on a Windows PC:

C:\Windows\System32

If this method does not fix the missing DLL file error, you can copy the wudfsvc.dll file from another healthy computer and paste it in the default location.

4]Perform a System Restore

System Restore is a tool from Microsoft that helps users protect and repair their computers. It creates restore points when the computer is in a healthy state. You can use these restore points to return your computer to a previous healthy state. Restore your computer and see if it fixes the problem.

5]Repair Windows with Media Creation Tool

If none of the above solutions solve your problem, you can use Media Creation Tool to repair your Windows PC.

Where can I find the Windows Driver Foundation?

Windows Driver Foundation is the previous name of Windows Driver Framework. It is a service responsible for the overall stability of the system. To locate it, open the Services app on your Windows 11/10 and scroll down the list of Services until you find the Windows Driver Foundation service.

Where is the Windows Driver Foundation located?

WUDFHost is an executable file for the Windows Driver Foundation. This executable is located in the following path on your system:

C:\Windows\System32

What is the Windows Driver Foundation (WUDFHost.exe) process?

Windows Driver Foundation is a set of libraries and tools that allow you to reduce complexity while using drivers on your Windows PC. In other words, this process helps you keep using a stable system all the time. Sometimes, users may encounter issues with the system, as Windows Driver Foundation takes up a large part of the CPU usage. Although it does not completely limit the CPU functions for most users, it definitely drains the battery and can sometimes cause the system to freeze, especially if the usage is up to 100%. Trying to kill the process in Task Manager does not help because it is a system process.

What is Windows Driver Frameworks (WDF)?

Windows Driver Frameworks (WDF) is a wrapper around the Microsoft Windows Driver Model (WDM) interfaces. It is a set of libraries that you can use to write device drivers that run on the Windows operating system. WDF defines a single engine model that is supported by two frameworks: the Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF) and the User Mode Driver Framework (UMDF).

I hope this helps you.

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