SOLVED! “The Procedure Entry Point D3D11CreateDevice Could Not Be Located”

All in all, owing to the diversity of distribution platforms, today’s PC gamers could download and install quite a few games. Assuming that their computers meet the requirements, people could play whatever titles they like to their heart’s content. That being said, reports of games failing to launch on Windows computers due to errors still surface every now and then. Take a look at this article if the “Procedure Entry Point D3D11CreateDevice could not be located” error gives you trouble 

A List Of Possibilities 

Missing/Corrupted Files 

Once it comes to the “Procedure Entry Point D3D11CreateDevice could not be located” error, you should give missing/corrupted files some thought. During installation, a couple of factors may damage game files and d3d11.dll is not an exception. Aside from that, game files may be missing because they were not included in the installation package in the first place. Regardless, without all of the files, games would have a hard time performing to their full potential. 

Out-Of-Date Windows

Another cause for errors that involve .DLL files is the obsolescence of Windows. If you neglect Windows updates, it’s only natural that errors would pop up from time to time. 

Issues With DirectX 

DirectX is a suite of multimedia technologies necessary for running games on Windows PC. In fact, it’s thanks to DirectX that your PC has all the DLL files it needs to process games. Needless to say, if DirectX is not around, the “Procedure Entry Point D3D11CreateDevice could not be located” error is one of the consequences.

”Procedure Entry Point D3D11CreateDevice Could Not Be Located Error”: Advice

Download D3d11.dll 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type in System Information and hit Enter. 
  • Step 2: Navigate to System and determine whether your OS is 64-bit or 32-bit.
  • Step 3: Launch your browser and go to https://www.dll-files.com/
  • Step 4: Navigate to the Search bar and search for “d3d11.dll. In the search results, you should see several DLL file options. Proceed to download the correct d3d11.dll version for your PC.
  • Step 5: Open This PC, go to the Downloads folder and locate the DLL file you just downloaded.
  • Step 6: The file will likely be in a “RAR” format so you will have to extract the DLL file from it. To do so, you can use tools like Winrar or Winzip. Once you have extracted the d3d11.dll file, move it to the DLL registry it’s missing from. 
  • Step 7: Go to This PC, select your Local Disk and then select the Windows folder. 

For 32-bit

  • Step 8A: Navigate to the System32 folder and open it.
  • Step 9A: Move the extracted d3d11.dll file from the Downloads folder and paste it into the System32 folder. If you get a prompt asking if you want to replace an existing file, click Continue. To confirm that the file has indeed been moved to the System32 folder, Open the System32 folder, go to the Search bar and search for d3d11.dll. If it appears in the folder’s search results, it has been placed correctly. Restart your computer, launch your game and see how things turn out.

For 64-bit

  • Step 8B: Navigate to the SYSWOW64 folder and open it.
  • Step 9: Move the downloaded d3d11.dll file into the SYSWOW64 folder. Again you should confirm the DLL file is actually present in the SYSWOW64 folder by searching for it. Last but not least, restart your computer. 

Make Use Of DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer

  • Step 1: Open your browser and go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
  • Step 2: Select your preferred installation language from the dropdown menu and then select Download.
  • Step 3: Once your DirectX setup program download is completed, go to My PC and open your Downloads folder.
  • Step 4: Navigate to the program you downloaded, right-click it and select Run as administrator. Follow the instructions in the DirectX setup folder to complete the installation process. If you already have DirectX installed, this process should also automatically update it.

Update Windows 

  • Step 1: Click on the Windows button on your PC and select Settings.
  • Step 2: Navigate to Updates & Security and open it.
  • Step 3: Select the Windows Update tab and then select Check for updates. This will prompt Windows to check for and automatically download any outstanding system update. 
  • Step 4: Restart your PC.

Note: For good measure, you may want to update the drivers of all devices connected to your computer too:

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type in Device Manager and hit Enter. 
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, you’ll see a number of categories of devices. You need to expand the categories to see all of the devices connected to your PC.
  • Step 3: Right-click each of the devices and select Update Driver.
  • Step 4: Choose Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will then automatically look for new driver versions and carry out the update. 

Rename dxgi.dll file

If you play your games with mods or unofficial patches, this is a fix you should definitely take a look at.

  • Step 1: Launch Steam and sign in to your account.
  • Step 2: Go to Library, navigate to the game you want to play, and then right-click it.
  • Step 3: Click Properties from the list of options and then select the Local Files tab.
  • Step 4: Click Browse Local Files.
  • Step 5: Locate the dxgi.dll file and right-click it. Select Rename from the list of options and then rename it as d3d11.dll.

If you can’t find the dxgi.dll file in the game folder, Go to This PC and select your Local Disk. Click Windows, select the System32 folder, and search for the dxgi.dll file here. Once you’ve found it, simply copy and paste it into your game folder.

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