Fix: Failed to load library steam.hdll in Dead Cells

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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Failed to load library steam.hdll

Dead Cells is one of the best games in the platform genre, with Metroidivania setting and amazing fast-paced gameplay. The game brought a lot of attention and for a good reason — it’s quite a banger for all true enthusiasts.

However, for some peculiar reason, some players weren’t able to run it. The “Failed to load library steam.hdll” pops and they are unable to start the game. This can be addressed and we explained how in the 5-step list below.

How to fix “Failed to load library steam.hdll” error on Dead Cells

  1. Install redistributables
  2. Launch the game from the game folder
  3. Try repairing the game
  4. Update the Steam and Dead Cells
  5. Reinstall the game

Solution 1 – Install redistributables

Let’s start by saying that this and basically any other game requires certain associated applications in order to work. In this case, the probable reason for the error at hand is an absence of Redist C++ Studio on your system. This, of course, can be easily resolved by installing the proper package on your PC.

Depending on the system architecture, you can either go for the x86 or x64 version. In addition, we recommend installing various versions, just to be sure (install x86 version even if you have a 64-bit Windows). You can find the Redist installation, here.

If this does not fix your problem, then move to the next solution.

Run a third-party DLL fixer

There are plenty of third-party programs out there that promise to fix or replace missing or broken DLLs, and most of them stay true to their word. However, if you are to choose just one, then there’s no way you can go wrong with Restoro.

How to use Restoro to fix missing or broken DLLs

  1. Download here Restoro and install it on your Windows 10 PC
  2. Let Restoro perform a full system scan
  3. When the scan is finished, press Clean Now
    • This is when you will have to activate your license key
    • Before the repair process starts, Restoro will create a restore point of your system in case things go wrong
  4. Restoro will now proceed to fix your DLL-related issue.

Note: While Restoro can be downloaded for free, it has limited functionality until you activate it. That being the case, if you want the full benefit of a great PC repair and optimization tool, you should purchase the full license.

Solution 2 – Launch the game from the game folder

Instead of relying on Steam to run the game (which seems to be an issue-starter here), you can always use the executable file from the installation folder. To make things easier, create a desktop shortcut. Certain games work better when running through the Steam client, but that doesn’t need to be the case.

The game installation for Steam-based games is found in the following path:

  • C:Program FilesSteam (x86)SteamAppsCommon

Once there, open the Dead Cell folder and create a desktop shortcut from the deadcell.exe. Try starting the game and look for changes.

Solution 3 – Try repairing the game

Even though it occurs rarely, the corruption of game installation files might be the reason why the game won’t run through Steam. The “Failed to load library steam.hdll” error means that either system or game files are not as it’s supposed.

This might be a result of system changes, antivirus false positive, or, most likely, an erroneous update.

When this happens, you can always rely on Steam‘s built-in Verification Checker. This tool allows you to scan for changes with game files and fix corrupted or incomplete files.

Here’s how to run it:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Choose Library.
  3. Right-click on the Dead Cells and open Properties. steam game properties
  4. Select the Local files tab.
  5. Click on the ”Verify Integrity of Game Files” button.

Solution 4 – Update the Steam and Dead Cells

As we already said in the previous step, the probable reason for the issue is to be found in recent changes made either to the game or the system. You can address this by updating again, hoping that there’s a patch for the game which sorts out the issue at hand. In addition, making sure that the Steam client is always up to date is also important.

Once you’ve updated Dead Cell and Steam, restart your PC and look for changes. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the game.

Solution 5 – Reinstall the game

If none of the previous steps relieved you of the “Failed to load library steam.hdll” error, we suggest reinstalling the game. This can be done rather simply with the Steam client. Once you’ve removed Dead Cell, reboot your PC and install it again. Thanks to Steam Cloud, your progress won’t be lost.

Here’s how to reinstall Dead Cell in a few simple steps:

  1. Open Steam client.
  2. Open Library.
  3. Right-click on Dead Cell and choose Uninstall from the contextual menu.steam uninstall the game
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. Open Steam again and choose Library.
  6. Install Dead Cell.

That should do it. In case you’re still stuck with the error, consider posting the details in the comments section below. We might be able to assist you.


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