[Fixed] Failed to load steamui.dll Steam Fatal Error

April Cai, in Program issue Tags: Windows

You may see this pop-up error window when you open Steam or play games on Steam:

It’s saying Failed to load steamui.dll. Don’t be nervous. We’ve got the answer for you. It’s not so difficult to fix as it heard.

Here’re 3 methods you can try to fix this problem. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

Important: Do not download a dll file from any dll download website. Not only the dll files on those websites are outdated, but also the source isn’t trustworthy. But if you have already downloaded one, please remove it completely.

Method 1: Change your Steam to public release version
Method 2: Delete libswscale-3.dll and steamui.dll
Method 3: Update your related device drivers

Method 1: Change your Steam to public release version

If you use a beta version of Steam, you may very likely face this error. Changing your Steam to public release version could help you solve this problem.

1) Right-click on Steam on your desktop. Then click Properties.

2) Click Open File Location.

3) Go to Package, delete beta file.

4) Restart your Steam to see if it works.

Method 2: Delete libswscale-3.dll and steamui.dll

When this error pops up, your libswscale-3.dll and steamui.dll files may be crashed. Delete them and let Steam replace them:

1) Right-click on Steam on your desktop. Then click Properties.

2) Click Open File Location.

3) Click libswscale-3.dll and SteamUI.dll

4) On your keyboard, press Shift and Del keys together.

5) Click Yes.

6) Restart your Steam to see if it works.

Method 3: Update your related device drivers

Sometimes, this error could be caused by a related old or incorrect driver when you’re on Steam. For example, if you face this error when you’re playing a video game on Steam, your audio driver or display driver may need to be updated.

You should identify what is the related driver and then download the latest one from the manufacturer’s website to replace it. 

Or

If you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with  Driver Easy

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

1) Download and install Driver Easy. Then run it on your Windows.

2) Click Scan Now It will quickly detect all drivers problems of your computer.

3) For its Free Version, Driver Easy will offer the latest drivers for you to install. And you can update the drivers one by one.

But if you upgrade to PRO Version, all your drivers would be updated in one click — Update All  (full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).

4) Restart your computer and run Steam to see if it works.

 

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