Fix: File xlive.dll is missing in Windows 8

Once on a forum, I came across this error posted by a member where he was not able to get the Games working on Windows 8 Pro. You may find that you are unable to play some of your favorite Games on Windows 8 due to a missing xlive.dll file and you may get to see the following error message:

The ordinal 42 could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\xlive.dll on Windows 8

I found out that the dll file, xlive.dll comes with the Microsoft Games for Windows LIVE installer. So I started searching for ways to download it off the Internet. After some time I found a package that contains the specific dll – and that is the Games for Windows Marketplace Client. I went to and downloaded the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.

Once you download it, run the package. Remember the package you’re downloading is a web installer. That means it will download the contents from the Internet as it installs, so make sure you disable any third-party Firewall.


Once it has downloaded the application, the installation will commence. In case the download fails you can check out the log find located under C:\Users\<Current user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\GFWLive\Install\Logs. There will be two different log files setupexe.log & xliveinstall.log. Both can be opened in a Notepad. If you are not sure what it means, you could always post them in our forums where one of our experts will be more than happy to help you out. Remember you may need to reinstall your games once you install Games for Windows Marketplace Client. So the advisable method is to uninstall your games, install Games for Windows Marketplace Client then reinstall your games and test it.

If this does not work, it’s advisable to Run SFC /SCANNOW.

  • From the Modern UI screen type CMD
  • Right click and from the bottom screen click on Run as administrator
  • Then type in SFC /SCANNOW.

Once it’s complete you should reboot the system and test your games again.

I hope this tip will help you resolving your issue. In case if it des not, feel free to post it in our forums or under the comments.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at
  • Sony Rem

    not working for me, any idea?

  • Jack

    Thanks very much! Worked like a charm, best wishes from Somerset Pennsylvania USA.

  • Anas

    Worked. Thankyou so much.

  • Anurag Bhargava

    Worked fine….now the windows live games are running …on both dx10 and dx9….thank you Sir!

  • Otta

    Thanks, buddy. It totally worked on DiRT 3 in Windows 8.1

  • jd1002

    this was great advice it really did work.

  • victor


    Logging Started: 07/14/2014 17:08:32
    Source Folder: C:UsersVICTORDownloads
    OS v6.2 (build 9200) 64 bit
    OS Product Type: 0x00000064
    User Default LCID: 0x0409
    Command Line: “C:UsersVICTORDownloadsgfwlivesetup.exe”
    (17:08:32) Direct DL: 0
    (17:08:32) DL Recent: 0
    (17:08:32) Offer ID:
    (17:08:32) Initialized
    (17:08:33) Resources initialized
    (17:08:33) Download folder C:UsersVICTORAppDataLocalMicrosoftGFWLiveDownloads
    (17:08:33) Downloading version file to C:UsersVICTORAppDataLocalMicrosoftGFWLiveDownloadsgfwlivesetup_26771.ver
    (17:08:33) Download Status:
    (17:08:33) Download Status:
    (17:08:34) Download Status:
    (17:08:34) Download Status:
    (17:08:39) Download Status:
    (17:08:39) Download Status: text/html
    (17:08:39) Download Status:
    (17:08:39) Progress 100%
    (17:08:40) Download Status: C:UsersVICTORAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet FilesContent.IE5CYJP9MQBgfwlivesetup[1].htm
    (17:08:40) Download Status:
    (17:08:40) Current version: 3.4.0026.0 (WGX_XLIVE_V3.04_RTM.101106-1005)
    (17:08:40) Latest version: <meta http-equiv='C
    (17:08:40) Download failed [Code:0x80070057]
    (17:08:40) An error occurred. Error code: 0x80070057
    (17:08:40) An error occurred. Error code: 0x80070057

  • ashish

    thanks it works….

  • aditya

    i installed gta4 but it is showing xlive.dll is missing. i downloaded it and tried to install it. i installed it but it is showing error: xlive.dll not found. please help me

  • Kiri

    worked fine on my windows 8.1 Pc thank you very much

  • lol

    man i am downloading it…….hope it WORK

  • asim

    First i had a problem of xlive.dll then i download it and did the above procedure but now when i try to run the game it gives the message “gta iv has stopped working”……

  • david

    works thank you very much

  • Aayush

    i tried to run batman arkham asylum but it said that the xlive.dll file is missing… so i downloaded xlive.dll and pasted it on system 32 and sysWOW64 and tried to run the game again but now it said the ordinal 42 could not be located in the dynamic link library….so i tried microsoft games for windows live and it worked perfectly but then my brother deleted the xlive file that i downloaded and now the game wont open…i cant even reinstall games for windows wont work…. HELP

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