How To Fix GTA 5 0xc000007b Error | Unable To Start | NEW 2021

Many GTA 5 gamers in both Steam and Rockstar platforms are complaining of the 0xc000007b error. This error appears to be triggered when trying to update the game, or when trying to install it. Some people are also experiencing it randomly, even when the game is already running and has launched without a hitch. 

If you’re experiencing this problem and you have no idea how to fix it, this guide should help.

How to fix GTA 5 0xc000007b error?

The 0xc000007b error can be caused by a number of different factors. For some gamers, this may be the result of corrupted or missing .dll files, while for some, it’s an indication of a DirectX issue, or corrupted game files.

Other people may also experience this error message when their Steam or Rockstar launcher is corrupted.

Below are the solutions that you can do to fix the GTA 5 0xc000007b error:

Fix #1: Ensure that your PC supports GTA 5.

If it’s your first time to install and play GTA 5 on your PC, you want to make sure that your hardware can actually run it. This is an important consideration especially if your machine is not designed for gaming.

Minimum system requirements for GTA 5

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit, Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)

Recommended system requirements for GTA 5

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit, Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz (8 CPUs)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB

Fix #2: Use a different DirectX version.

Released years back, GTA 5 was originally designed to work with DirectX 10. Although it’s been updated and now works smoothly with the newer DirectX 11 and 12, some players may continue to experience bugs. The good thing is, switching to another DirectX version has successfully worked for some players. You can try to see if this can work for your case too, especially if you’re using an old graphics card.

To force your system to work with a particular DirectX version, follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Go to your Games Library.
  3. Find the game and right-click it, then select Properties.
  4. Under the General Tab, click Set Launch Options and a dialog box will appear.
  5. Type in the dialox box at the end of the target string -force-d3d10 (or -force-d3d11 | -force-d3d12) and click OK.
  6. Close the Properties window.
  7. Launch GTA 5 again and check for the problem.

Fix #3: Reinstall the Steam or Rockstar launcher.

Another possible solution for the 0xc000007b GTA 5 error is to troubleshoot the launcher. It’s possible that your Steam or Rockstar launcher has become corrupted. Reinstalling the launcher has been found to have worked by some.

Fix #4: Verify your game files.

Another troubleshooting step that you can perform on your launcher is to repair or update your GTA 5 game files. This is necessary to ensure that your game files are current. Verifying files is one of the easy ways to update a game and fix bugs. 

How to verify files on Rockstar launcher

  1. Open the Rockstar Games Launcher and sign in to your account.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Find GTA 5 under the list under My installed games on the left.
  4. Select Verify Integrity from the options on the right.

How to verify files on Rockstar launcher

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Go to the Library.
  3. Look for the GTA 5 and right click the icon.
  4. Then, select Properties from the drop down options.
  5. Choose the Local Files tab.
  6. Select Verify Integrity of Game Files to begin the repair process. 
  7. Run GTA 5 again to check if the issue has disappeared.

Fix #5: Check for Windows update.

For some people, 0xc000007b error has nothing to do with the game but rather caused by outdated software. Make sure to install the latest Windows update right now. By default, your Windows PC should automatically notify you of any system updates. However, you can also manually check for updates with these steps:

  1. Select the Start button  in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select Update & Security > Check for updates.
  4. Select View optional updates, and then select update KB5004476 from the list.
  5. Select Download and install.
  6. Once the update is complete, restart your PC and check if the 0xc000007b error is now gone.

Fix #6: Reinstall the Gaming Services app.

Another possible solution that you can do at this point is to delete the registry keys of Gaming Services and reinstalling the app. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  3. Type in the following command on the Administrator: Windows PowerShell screen and then press Enter: Get-AppxPackage *gamingservices* -allusers | remove-appxpackage -allusers
  4. Type in the following command on the Administrator: Windows PowerShell screen and then press Enter: Remove-Item -Path “HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\GamingServices” -recurse
  5. Reboot your PC.

Once your computer has rebooted, open the Windows PowerShell (Admin) screen again and type in: start ms-windows-store://pdp/?productid=9MWPM2CQNLHN 

Then, install the Gaming Services app by clicking on GET button. After the Gaming Services app has been reinstalled, launch GTA 5 again and check for the error.

Fix #7: Delete and reinstall GTA 5.

If none of the solutions above has helped fix your problem, try to delete and reinstall GTA 5. This can be an effective solution if the cause of the problem is a bug buried deep within the software.

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