Solution to “xlive.dll is missing” When trying to start a PC Game

xlive.dll is missing to start crashTime 4     Often at times we come across the following errors “xlive.dll is missing”   when trying to play one pc game or the other. For example i was trying to play my newly bought favorite  Crash Time 4 Syndicate and all i got was the annoying message “xlive.dll is missing”. Out of my curiosity i started searching for a solution and i wasn’t willing to give up that game so my research landed me to a software that solved my problem. This software acted as a runtime on which the game operate and the software is required for most new games that is been manufactured. The name of the softwarew is Games for Windows Live. And Apart from it been required to run some pc games, you also need it for some other operations on your computer and am happy to .


‘Games for Windows Live: this package installs the Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable, enabling the In-Game Games for Windows – LIVE experience. It also installs Games for Windows – LIVE, Live Client for Windows, enabling the Games for Windows – LIVE Out of Game experience.

Get Games for Windows – LIVE and try it for yourself to fully assess its capabilities!


Setup package for Games for Windows – LIVE v3.5. The package installs for the Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable that enables the in-game Games for Windows – LIVE experience as well as the Games for Windows – LIVE Client that enables the out-of-game experience, including Games for Windows – LIVE Marketplace.

Games for Windows – LIVE Setup 3.5 upgrades users to the newest version.

System Requirements:

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Broadband connection to the Internet Windows LIVE ID


Following bit about piracy protection is quoted from release notes:

Starting with new title releases this fall, publishers can optionally take advantage of two new methods to ensure everyone’s playing with a legitimate copy of their games.

  • Server Side Authentication links the game license to your Gamertag. The advantage of this method is that it allows installation of the game onto any PC, anywhere — only you can access the LIVE service from the game. Server Side Authentication has no affect on offline play.
  • Zero Day Piracy Protection keeps games from launching before the street date the publisher has set for the game.

If you are a pirate, server side authentication can never mean any good. Although not much is revealed about how this works in GFWL 3 this type of protection is always harder to break. On the positive side, Microsoft uses similar methods to validate copies of Windows and people still manage to emulate the authentication servers and hoodwink them so hope is not lost for pirates. Either way something tells me that this would just be one extra step for those who legally purchase games.


[Click Here] to download Games for Windows Live 3.0 Standalone/Offline installer from official microsoft server

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