'Xlive.dll not found' error;  know how to reinstall file on PC

‘Xlive.dll not found’ error; know how to reinstall file on PC

'Xlive.dll not found' error;  know how to reinstall file on PC

The file xlive.dll it can prevent Windows from starting, cause games to crash and even prevent them from running on your computer. A member of the already discontinued Games For Windows Live, this file is essential in games released during the period when this was Microsoft’s main platform for games on PCs. Its lack can cause messages like «xlive.dll not found» to appear. See, in the tutorial below, what to do to fix errors with xlive.dll and thus regain access to the games.

Before taking the tutorial, remember to test the game with Windows correctly updated. Check for viruses and do not download xlive.dll from Internet sites, as files of dubious origin can contain malware and create even bigger problems.

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Most affected games

GTA 4
Gears of War
Batman Arkham City
Fallout 3
resident Evil 5
Virtua Tennis
Dirt 2 and 3
Fable 3

How to solve the problem?

Step 1. Download the Games For Windows Live installer (microsoft.com/download);

1 of 6 Download the Games For Windows Live installer – Photo: Playback / Filipe Garrett

Download the Games For Windows Live installer – Photo: Playback / Filipe Garrett

Step 2. Perform the installation as normal;

2 of 6 Perform the installation normally – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

Perform the installation normally – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

Step 3. Wait for the installation to finish, restart the computer, and try to run the affected game again.

3 of 6 When the installation is finished, a new copy of xlive.dll should be available on your system – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

When the installation is finished, a new copy of xlive.dll should be available on your system – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

Checking the system files

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator;

4 of 6 Open the prompt with administrator privileges – Photo: Playback / Filipe Garrett

Open the prompt with administrator privileges – Photo: Playback / Filipe Garrett

Step 2. Enter the command “sfc / scannow”, without quotes.

5 of 6 Insert the command exactly as shown in the image – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

Insert the command exactly as shown in the image – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

Step 3. Wait for the scan to finish and watch for error reports.

6 of 6 The process may take a while – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

The process may take a while – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett

If installing Games For Windows Live was unable to fix the problem for you, then it’s time to consider solutions like reinstalling the affected game – since a good number of them have Games For Windows Live built in and can thus provide a specific version of xlive.dll. If the problems still persist, it may be time to consider reinstalling Windows.