FIX: The ordinal 42 could not be located in the dynamic link library xlive.dll

This article will explain how to solve the error “The ordinal 42 could not be located in the dynamic link library C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32xlive.dll”  when attempting to start or install a game that features Games for Windows Live. Please do not download this DLL file from any website, most of these DLL files are fake and will damage your system, since this problem is relative easy to fix.

Download Games for Windows Live

The DLL Xlive.dll comes from the “Games for Live” package while is available for free on Microsoft.com. We shall begin with downloading that package and installing it.

  1. Click on this link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=201134
  2. A file will download named GFWLIVESETUP.EXE. Do not continue if the name of the file does not match 
  3. Start the downloaded program and wait for it to download all the required files
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen

When the program has finished installing, attempt to start your game again. If the game still does not work then remove the game and Games for Live. Then reinstall Games for Live and then install the game again. If the game still does not work then ask an expert to help you further with your problem.

Yuri Pustjens
About the Author

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows
Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

4 comments

  1. when i started batman arkham asylum it said the ordinal 42 cannot be located in the dynamic link library.

    then i readed some comments from internet saying install games for windows live.

    ok. i installed games for windows live but still its not working,

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