Ordinal 42, xlive.dll

I've reinstalled a game onto windows 8 pro which I had on windows 8 release preview. It worked fine before, and when I tried to start it the first time, it said I had a missing dll, which was fine, so I downloaded it and extracted into the sys64 folder. I then tried to open the game again. This time I got this error: "The ordinal 42 could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\xlive.dll."

The live programme I suspect the xlive.dll is referring to is microsoft games. I've also downloaded xlive.dll and extracted it into SYSTEM32, and it didn't work, I just got the same error message. The error message appears as soon as I click on the game. Hopefully I've supplied enough information. Please help :(

Hi Ricky,


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·         Which game are you referring?


Xlive.dll actually comes in the 'Games for Live' package installer. Let’s download Xlive.dll from the following link and check if that helps.


Method 1:


a) Download the package

b) Right click the package and choose 'Run as Administrator'

c) Install the application and restart the computer.

d) Try and run the game and check if the issue persists.

If that does not help, I would suggest you to uninstall the game and tell reinstall it.


Method 2:Run SFC / Scannow. Please follow the below steps:

Run the System File Checker (SFC) scan. Follow these steps:
a) Boot to the desktop view.
b) Open command prompt, right click in the left corner when the Start windowappear and select command prompt (admin).
c) Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
sfc /scannow.

The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.


Give this a go; I’m confident you will find what you need here. But if you face any further issue please reply back to this post and we'll be happy to assist you further.

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