XINPUT1_3.dll: What is It and How to Do When It’s Missing

Jonny Lin, in Common error Tags: Windows

Many Windows users have encountered a Xinput1_3.dll missing error when they try to open a program or a game. This DLL error message is usually shown like “XINPUT1_3.dll is missing” or “XINPUT1_3.dll not found“. 

The cause of this error is usually associated with issues of Microsoft DirectX, because this software contains xinput1_3.dll file. Therefore, xinput1_3.dll missing error is not the problem of a single file.

* Some people choose to fix this problem by downloading xinput1_3.dll directly from a dll download site. But it is NEVER a good idea.

  • Firstly, dll missing problems sometimes results from faulty programs, and downloading an individual dll file cannot simply solve the problem.
  • Moreover, files from dll download sites are not verified and therefore may be harmful to your computer security.

If you have downloaded it, it is strongly recommended that you completely remove this file.

Here is how to fix xinput1_3.dll missing error:

1) Reboot your computer.

This can be the simplest way to solve the problem. Sometimes the error message will disappear after a reboot.

2) Update Microsoft DirectX

Upgrading your Microsoft DirectX to the latest version can usually fix xinput1_3.dll missing problem.

a) If you want to upgrade DirectX 9, you can download and install a DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer from Microsoft.

b) For DirectX 10, 11 and 12, they are built in Windows systems (Windows 7, 8 and 10), and there is no standalone download file. They can only be upgraded via Windows Update.

i. Open Windows Update by searching Windows Update in the search box on (or next to) Start menu.

ii. Click Check for updates, and see if there is any available latest version for your DirectX.

c) You can also check the installation package or media, such as CD/DVD, of the problematic program and see if it includes a DirectX installer. The DirectX software provided by program developer may not be the latest but can be the most suitable for the program.

3) Reinstall your game or program

Sometimes there might be an issue inside the program that causes the xinput1_3.dll missing error. In this case, a reinstallation of the program can fix the problem.



4) Update your graphics driver

Although this is not a common solution, updating your graphics driver can in some cases tackle the issues that have something to do with DirectX. Plus, your graphics card can have a better performance with the updated driver.

You can spend some time finding and updating the driver with Device Manager or from the device official website. But the most convenient way we recommend is to use Driver Easy.

You can quickly scan out the driver you need to update with a click on the button Scan Now. Then you can download the credible driver and install it manually. That is more convenient than using Device Manager or going to device official site.

And if you want to save more time, you can choose the Pro version of Driver Easy. With only a few click, this professional tool can update your drivers automatically and quickly. Additionally, its other advanced features and our experienced technical support can help you get rid of all kinds of annoying driver issues. Don’t miss the best chance to keep your computer healthy.

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