How To Fix “Xlive.dll is missing” Error


What is xlive.dll?

Xlive.dll is an error message that might appear while running or installing a game or an application. Errors like these might also occur during Windows installation. The context of the error messages being prompted in case of missing DLL file is very important in order to be able to fix it. Generally xlive.dll file errors occur due to corruption or removal of the same, although it can also refer to a registry problem, malware issues or even hardware failure. These errors can apply to any version of Windows – be it Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Errors related to xlive.dll missing

There are a number of different xlive.dll missing issues that can crop up. These errors are very common issues for quite a number of games too, like Fallout 3, GTA 4 and Dawn of War 2. Some of the most common ones are listed below:

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  • Xlive.dll not found.
  • This application failed to start because xlive.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
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  • Cannot find [PATH]\xlive.dll
  • The file xlive.dll is missing.
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION], a required component is missing: xlive.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.

How to fix xlive.dll errors?

Before we discuss the various methods which can be tried to fix a xlive.dll error, there are two very important things that we should know. Firstly, users are not recommended to download a DLL file from the various DLL download sites on the internet as they are not safe. And secondly, users should keep in mind that if they cannot access Windows because of the xlive.dll file error, they can follow the given methods by starting Windows in the safe mode. Now, let’s take a look at the various ways to fix xlive.dll errors.

  • The simplest fix can be to download the Games for Windows Marketplace as the xlive.dll provided within this download package is most likely to replace the corrupt one, thus fixing the problem.
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  • A very common reason for xlive.dll error is that the user has mistakenly deleted it. Unless it has been permanently deleted, the missing file can be easily found and restored from the recycle bin. If it has been deleted from recycle bin as well, it can be restored using file recovery – but it is not recommended if the user is not sure whether he or she deleted it.
  • There have been malware issues which have corrupted DLL files. It is advisable to run a system check for any kind of malware or virus infection. It is also probable that the corrupt xlive.dll is actually a hostile file masked in the form of a DLL file. Scanning the computer or running a system check will detect any malicious behavior of a file and ensure if the xlive.dll error is a virus issue or not.
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  • System Restore can be used to restore the system to a previous point before a major hardware change. It often happens that after a hardware change, DLL files show errors. System restore will revert back any such hardware changes and should fix the problem if the cause is the same.
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  • Another very common problem is wrong or malfunctioned installation. If xlive.dll error is specific while running a particular game or application, it can be most likely be fixed by simply re-installing the program.
  • If an error like “The file xlive.dll is missing” pops up while running or installing a particular game, then it is most likely a problem with the video card driver. Updating the video card driver and then re-installing the game might fix the problem. What counts here is that the user has to pay close attention to why and in what context the error message is prompted.4
  • If an error message started showing after installation or upgrade of a particular driver, then rolling back that particular driver to the previous version might come in handy.
  • Users can also try to run “sfc/scannow” using command prompt to scan and replace for a corrupt copy of this file. If this particular DLL file is provided by Microsoft, System file checker tool should automatically restore it.
  • Check to see if there is any Windows update available. Many DLL files are updated through patches or server packs of Windows and xlive.dll could be one of these. Installing any latest Windows update will fix it if this is the issue.
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  • Using a free Registry Cleaner can help in removing any invalid xlive.dll registry entries, which might be causing the DLL error. This is not highly advisable and should be done only as a last resort step if all the above given methods have failed to fix the error.
  • The last and final way to fix this issue is to install a clean copy of Windows. Users are recommended to try this step only if every method mentioned above has failed to fix the problem. A clean install of Windows will completely format the drive holding Windows file erasing everything, and will install a new copy of the Windows OS.

The xlive.dll missing error can apply to any file or program and the methods given above should be able to fix the issue completely. If all methods fail, and the problem still persists, then it is a hardware malfunction and should be dealt accordingly with professional assistance.