“No Boot Disk Has Been Detected or the Disk Has Failed” Fix

In the guide below you will find four solutions that may help you solve the “No Boot Disk Has Been Detected” or the Disk Has Failed” error message. They have proved as effective to fix that issue and that’s why we decided to share them with you with the hope that you find them helpful too.

Usually, the reason for you to be getting the No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message indicates a problem with your computer, which for some reason is unable to detect an Operating System or valid boot information. Actually, this message may by displayed for various reasons:

  • if your computer’s HDD/SSD is not appropriately connected
  • the bootable disk has failed
  • the HDD/SSD that contains the boot information is not on top of the computer’s boot order
  • the drive does not have any boot information.
  • the Operating System has been wiped off, either intentionally or unintentionally


Regardless of the reason, in the guide below you will find some of the most effective methods that may help you solve this error message:

“No Boot Disk Has Been Detected or the Disk Has Failed” Fix

Fix 1: Check if the computer’s HDD/SSD is appropriately connected

If the connection between the computer and its HDD/SSD is not good or has somehow loosened up, your PC won’t be able to retrieve boot information, which is one of the reasons for the “No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message to appear. To eliminate this possibility, you will need to open your computer’s casing. Be careful if you are going to open your laptop, as it is more delicate. Next, disconnect the drive from the computer, then clean all the connections and ports from dust and dirt and reconnect the drive. Make sure you connect the ports safely and stably, then close the casing and reboot the computer to check if the problem is solved.

Fix 2: Check to see if the drive is failing

Another reason for the error message to appear is that the HDD/SSD is failing. To check if that is causing the problem, connect the HDD/SSD to another computer, which is already booted. If you can access all of its contents successfully, then you can rule out this reason, but if it’s inaccessible, this may indicate that your drive has failed.

Fix 3: Check if the boot disk is at the top of the computer’s boot order

The “No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message may appear because your PC is trying to boot from another source and is failing to find any boot information instead of booting from the boot disk. To fix that you need to ensure that the boot disk is at the top of your computer’s boot order. To do that, you need to:

  • First, start your computer up.
  • When your computer boots, on the first screen that you see, you will find instructions to press a specific key – in most cases this is DeleteF1or F2. Simply press the specified key and this will open your computer’s BIOS/Setup.
  • When inside the BIOS, find your computer’s boot order/configuration. Usually, the boot order is located under the BIOS’s Boot
  • Next, adjust the boot order, so that the HDD/SSD that is the boot disk is at the top. This will ensure that the computer will first try to retrieve boot information from it before any other sources.
  • Save the changes and Exit the BIOS.


Once you do that, the computer will restart. When the computer tries to boot again, check to see if the issue has been fixed.

Fix 4: Clean install Windows

In case that none of the fixes above work for you, the reason may be that the Operating System and/or the boot information that the boot disk contained was somehow erased. In this event, your best solution to resolve the “No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message may be to clean install your Windows from scratch. We do need to warn you though, that clean installing your OS will delete all the data stored on the affected computer’s HDD/SSD. However, if nothing else works, it may still be better to have a working computer with no data, than a machine full of data that doesn’t work at all. If you wish, you may give the latest Windows 10 version a try, which you can download and install from here.

How to Reset a Forgotten Password in Windows 10

This guide will help you restore your forgotten password in Windows 10. Below we will give you two options of how to fix this regain access to your account if you can’t remember your login credentials.

Ok, so we’ve probably all been there. We turn our computer on, type the login name and password and boom! It’s incorrect. Then we try to juggle a bit with different combinations just to realize that we can’t remember what it was, and of course, the system won’t let us in. So what do we do now? Luckily, recovering your password in Windows 10 is pretty much similar to the previous versions of Windows. However, there are a few small tweaks, which we will show you in the guide below. So, here is how to recover your password for Microsoft Live 10 or any other user, registered with the local PC:

How to Reset a Forgotten Password in Windows 10

Use the standard password reset function available on Microsoft’s password reset website

The Password Reset Tool for Microsoft Live Accounts is probably the most obvious solution to go for. On Microsoft’s password reset website you will find three options to choose from and in case you have forgotten your password to an existing account, you will need to click on “I Forgot My Password” in order to proceed with the resetting steps. This is how it looks like:


Once you select the option and click “Next”, you will be prompted to a standard recovery process, which many companies use in order to verify your identity and reset your login credentials. If you have an external e-mail or a phone number that you have registered with your Windows Live 10 account, you will receive a code, with the help of which you can easily login without additional hassle and the problem will be solved.

Create a New User to Save Account Files

If the method above doesn’t work, there is another work-around way to regain access to your computer, which we will show you here:

First, you need to boot your Windows 10 installation in the setup and change the boot order in your BIOS by taking priority with the CD or instead use ISO as a startup disk.
When the setup begins, press Shift+F10 keys. A command prompt window will appear.

There, you will need to replace the Utility Manager at the login screen with cmd.exe. This can be done with the following commands:
move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
It should look like this:
Next, restart the machine by using the command “wpeutil reboot”.
When you are back to the login screen, click on the Utility Manager. A cmd.exe windows should launch as shown in the picture below:
Here you will need to create a new administrative user from the login screen. For that, type in the commands below, by replacing <username> with the name of your new account.
net user <username> /add
net localgroup administrators <username> /add
When ready, close the window and reboot your system. The new username should be on the bottom left of the screen when the system loads. Select it to enter your desktop.

Now you have logged in with the new account, but you still need to reset your password for the old one. For that, right-click the Start menu and select “Computer Management”.
Go to “Local Users and Groups”, find the old account that you can’t login to, and right-click on it. Select “Set Password” and change it to credentials you can remember to regain access to your locked account!
We would like to note that this method will only work to fully recover accounts that are designated to sign in locally. In case you need to get the password for your Microsoft Live account, you need to proceed with the steps in the online form that we described above.

Having this in mind and in case that the online recovery process doesn’t work, you will still have access to important files or folders that may have been locked up on the account you can’t log in with. You can find them by going to C:\Users, and clicking on its associated folder.

If nothing works to reset your password – call Microsoft for support

If the online reset process on Microsoft’s site fails to help you restore your Live-only account, you can call the TechNet Help Center. You will be prompted to verify your identity with the same security questions that you used to create the account. If you cannot answer them, the representative will direct you to another colleague, who may ask you some detailed information regarding your account and verification. If you answer them, you fill be handed over a temporary code, which you can use to log into your Live account and regain access to your computer.

How to prevent forgetting your password?

If you want to avoid the inconvenience that forgotten credentials can cause, a smart tip is to take advantage of the new Windows PIN feature. It allows you to set a PIN code to your account instead of the standard password. This feature can be found in the initial setup or in the “Accounts” section of the Windows 10 Settings folder.
If you think it would be easier to remember just a few “Lucky numbers” of your choice instead of long and complicated combinations of keystrokes, then the PIN option could be the easier option for you.

Fortunately, even if you lose or forget your password, it’s not the end of the world. We hope that the tips and workarounds that we shared with you here will fix the issue and help you regain access to your account and prevent data loss and restricted access to all the things you keep on your Windows Live 10 account.

How to Perform Ctrl + Alt + Del on Remote Desktop? (Guide)

This guide will show you how to use the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination on Remote Desktop. The tip below is very simple, but helpful to know if you are a fan of RDP.

If you are reading this, you probably enjoy using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop. This is a very comfortable feature, built into Windows, that gives you the ability to quickly administer a computer from a completely remote location.


The Remote Desktop Protocol, which is usually referred to as just Remote Desktop or in short RDP, generally gives the option to log in and manage a server remotely. This means that when using Remote Desktop, you are able to establish communication between the Terminal Server running on the server or a remote machine and the Terminal Server Client, running on your local PC.

Many people, who love to be flexible, may find this functionality very helpful, especially when they need to manage information between different devices and do not have physical access to all of them.

As functional as it is, however, Remote Desktop has its specific tweaks. For example, one very useful key combination, widely used by many Windows Server Administrators is the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys, which doesn’t really work when used on Remote Desktop. You probably also know how useful this combination is, especially if you frequently use it to lock your computer, call the Task Manager, log off or switch the current Windows user, change passwords and many other things. But when you press Ctrl + Alt + Del on Remote Desktop, it simply won’t do the job. Then what key combination should you use instead, while you are working on an RDP session? We will explain here.


How to Perform Ctrl + Alt + Del on Remote Desktop

When you log in remotely to a server through Remote Desktop Protocol, and you want to perform a Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination on that remote server, you may notice that it won’t call the needed function. Of course, depending on the Client software that is used, it may do the job. However, if it doesn’t, the reason is that when you press Ctrl + Alt + Del, your local computer will receive this key combination and interpret it as a local command and will not transmit it to the remote computer.

In order for the command to be interpreted as a remote command and to be transmitted through the Remote Desktop to the remote PC, there is a not-so-obvious tweak. In fact, instead of the standard Ctrl + Alt + Del, you will need to press Ctrl + Alt + End to transmit the signal. This way, the local computer will not interpret it as a local command and will send it through the Remote Desktop to the remote computer. There, once it is received, the key combination will be executed as a Ctrl + Alt + Del command.

It is a really simple tweak that is not rocket science, but if one is not used to it, it may easily be forgotten. The good thing is that the “End” key is just next to the “Del” key on the keyboard, so remembering the sequence should be pretty easy.

“Unable to execute file in the temporary directory” Error Fix

This guide aims to help you solve the “Unable to execute file in the temporary directory” installation problem. There are four fixes that we selected for this issue and they work for  Windows versions 7, 8 and 10.

Error 5 is a Windows error that may appear when you try to run a setup file. When you attempt to install some software on your computer through an executable installer, you may get a pop-up message, which will inform you about the error and will give you no other option but to dismiss it, this way quitting the installation. It signalizes a problem with your User’s permission and comes with the following error message: “Unable to execute files in the temporary directory”. Such an issue may occur mostly in older versions of Windows like 7 or 8, but even the Windows 10 version is not excluded.

Error 5 is mostly a configuration error, which will make your system block the setup process, rather than a genuine error. That’s why, fixing it has a few possible options, which you can try by yourself to solve your Error 5 – “Denied access” installation problem. Here are four fixes, selected by our team, which may help you do that. Please follow the instructions below and let us know if you find them helpful in the comments.

“Unable to execute file in the temporary directory” Error Fix

Fix 1: Run your system as an Administrator

Trying to run the setup with limited user rights may be the reason for the annoying “Unable to execute files in the temporary directory” message to appear. In this case, to fix it, try to run it with the Administrator rights as shown below:

  • First, locate the setup file you want to install.
  • Then, right-click on it and select “Run as Administrator” option from the menu. The setup should start without the error message.

Fix 2: Create a new Temp folder and change the variables

Error 5 states that there is a problem with the temporary directory. Having this in mind, you may create a new one and manually change the variables to point that directory. It may solve the issue.

  •  For that, you will need to go to drive C: (or the drive where your operating system is installed)
  •  There, create a new folder and name it Temp.
  •  Next, right-click on “This PC” for Windows 10 or “My Computer” for the other Windows versions and select “Properties”.
  •  In the Properties menu, on the left side, click on the “Advanced System Settings” to open it.
  •  Next, click on the Advanced tab and select the Environment Variables
  •  In the User variables list, double click TMP
  •  The value that is displayed should be %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp.
  •  Now you will need to change it to C:\Temp.
  •  Then, close the windows. The setup now should run without problems.

Fix 3: Change the control over the Temp folder

  • In the drive where your operating system is installed, find your user’s folder and inside of it locate the “appdata” folder. There should be a local folder. If your Windows is installed on drive C:, this should be the path: C:\Users\User\AppData\Local
  • Once there, right-click on the Temp folder inside, and select Properties.
  • In the Properties window, select “Security”.
  • Then select “Everyone” and click “Edit
  • Ensure that the “Full Control” box is checked, and press OK to save the settings.

By completing this, you will give full control over the Temp folder to all users of the system and this should solve the permission issues with Error 5.

Fix 4: Check “Include inheritable permissions” in the Temp folder

  • For this fix, repeat the first three steps from Fix 3 to reach the “Security” tab and next click on “Advanced” to see the permissions.
  • There you should find “SYSTEM”, “Administrators”, and “User” permissions. They all should have full control and should be inherited by C:\Users\User
  • Look for “Include inheritable permissions” from this object’s parent option.
  • Then click on “Continue” and select “Apply” to place the changes.
  • At the end, click “OK” to save everything and exit.
  • This way, you will now have permissions to write to the directory and solve the Error 5 message.

Solving the Error 5 – “Denied access” message may be a bit tricky for the average user, however, in this guide we did our best to explain a few methods that may help you fix the issue and install your setup. Did you find this helpful? If yes, please, let us know in the comments below.

“Windows Cannot Start This Hardware Device Code 19” Fix

This guide is created to help you get “Windows Cannot Start This Hardware Device Code 19” Fixed. The suggested fixes work for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Error code 19 is an error message that indicates an error in the registry of your operating system. In most cases, some registry files may be corrupted or incomplete. The entire message of the error states like this: “Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged, (Code 19).” If you are getting this message, you are probably facing some serious problems with your hardware devices. Code 19 may be the reason for some malfunctioning and issues usually with the CD/DVD drives or other devices, connected to your operating system. Facing these issues may be really frustrating and many people may think that they have got some defects with their hardware, but in fact, the real reason is a registry error. In this guide, we are going to show you exactly how you can try to fix that problem and solve the issues with your CD or DVD drives on your own. In the next lines, you will see some easy-to-follow solutions, that have been carefully picked by our experts.

296_fixes_and_guides_image1“Windows Cannot Start This Hardware Device Code 19” Fix

Solution 1: Reboot your system

Registry errors are rare and they are mostly temporary. That’s why there is a chance you can fix such issues with a simple reboot. Here is how to do that:

  •  First, access your “Power menu” through the Start menu.
  •  Next, select Restart from the menu, and wait until your system restarts. Check if your system is still having the error code 19 after the restart.

Solution 2: Check if iTunes is causing the problem

iTunes is quite popular software, however, it is known that it may mess up your registry, so if you are using it, it might be the probable source of the Code 19 message. That’s why it is worth to check if the steps below will help you fix it.

  • First, press the Windows key on your keyboard and type “Control Panel” in the search box to open it.
  • Next, switch to Large icons view at the top right, find “Programs and Features” and click on it to open it.
  • Then, find iTunes from the list and click the “Repair” button from the top toolbar.
  • Follow the instructions in the wizard and reboot your device. If iTunes was causing the problem, now after the repair, you should not be facing the code 19 problem anymore.

Solution 3: Delete UpperFilters and LowerFilters from the registry

Now this is a bit more of a serious fix and you should follow the instructions below with caution, because a mistake in the registry may cause your system to crash.

  • First, press simultaneously Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run dialogue box Next, type “regedit” in the box and press Enter. This command will open your Registry Editor.
  • It is very important to backup the registry before making any edits. For that, open File from the menu bar, and click “Export”. Ensure that the Export Range is set to All and save the backup file just in case that something goes wrong.
  • Through the navigation pane on the left side, navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> System -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> Class296_fixes_and_guides_image2
  • In the path above, select the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} key.
  • Next, select and delete both the UpperFilters key and the LowerFilters key from the right-hand window pane. You have to confirm both operations by clicking OK.
  • At the end, close the Registry Editor and reboot your system. The changes should have taken effect and your Code 19 error should be fixed.

Did you found the above information helpful? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Binkw32.dll Missing Error Fix

This guide is created to help you solve the Binkw32.dll Missing error. There are several easy-to-follow solutions below, which were carefully selected to help you fix that issue.

Binkw32.dll error message is a common issue on many Windows computers. This error is usually associated with the “Bink Video” software applications, which are mainly responsible for loading graphics in video games. That’s why in case that you are trying to load a game based on Bink Video software, you are more likely to get a Binkw32.dll error, if this particular file is missing or corrupted.
299_fixes_and_guides_image1There are several reasons why this could happen. Usually, the Binkw32.dll error indicates that the Binkw32.dll file is corrupted, located in the wrong folder, or simply is not on your computer, thus can’t be found. Another reason that may cause this error message to appear may signalize some video driver conflicts, registry corruptions or even virus infections. However, the fixes of this error are fairly easy to handle on your own, and here we have suggested a few solutions that may help you solve it:

Binkw32.dll Missing Error Fix

Solution 1: Copy Binkw32.dll File and paste it to the Windows System folder:

One very silly, but still probable reason that Binkw32.dll is missing could be that it is not located in the right folder. Very often, some applications or games that you install may place the binkw32.dll file in their installation folder instead of the System32 folder where all the DLL files should be placed. To fix that, you will need to locate the original Binkw32.dll file on your system and place it in the System32 folder. Here is what you need to do:

  • Click the Start menu button.
  • Then, in the search box type “Binkw32.dll” and search in “All Locations & Hard Drives“.
  • If you find the Binkw32.dll file, select it and press CTRL+C to copy.
  • Next, browse to this path C:\Windows\System32 folder and press CTRL+V to paste it.
  • Try to open your application or game again. The problem should be solved. However, if it does not work, proceed to Solution 2

Solution 2: Download and install New Binkw32.dll File On Your System

The most common reason for the “Binkw32.dll is missing” error message is that the file is missing from your computer. If you cannot find it anywhere in your system through the search in Solution 1, then you may need to Download the file from the Internet and place it on your system in the following folder C:\Windows\System32. Placing the new version of the file into this folder should enable Windows to read it, and fix the error message.

Solution 3: Reinstall The problematic Game / Program

Sometimes, the buinkw32.dll file may get corrupted or damaged during the main installation of the desired program itself. In this case, all you need to do is to reinstall the program that is associated with the error message. For a clean install, you will first need to uninstall the program from your system completely and then install it through its installer again. This will remove all old and possibly corrupted files, settings and leftovers and will place the freshly installed ones, which should fix the buinkw32.dll error message.

  •  From the Start menu, navigate to Control Panel and select Programs.
  •  From the list of programs that appear, select the one that is giving you the error.
  •  Press “Uninstall” and confirm with “OK” when the dialog box appears.
  •  Next, follow the uninstallation Wizard instructions (if any) and this will complete the uninstallation process.
  •  Finally, run the setup of the program to install it again and follow its steps. The error message should not appear when you try to run the program.

Solution 4: Fix the buinkw32.dll error with System File Checker:

In case that the buinkw32.dll is corrupted, it may need to be fixed. This can happen with the help of the built-in System File Checker tool. Use it to automatically scan and fix issues related to your system files. Here is how to run the scan:

  • Click the Start menu button.
  • In the search box type “Command” but hold on and DO NOT hit ENTER yet!
  • Next, press CTRL and Shift keys on your keyboard together, and then you can press ENTER.
  • A dialog box asking you for permission will appear. Click “Yes”.
  • Once you do that a black window with a blinking cursor will appear. It should look like this:299_fixes_and_guides_image2
  • There you have to type “sfc /scannow” and hit the ENTER button.
  • The System File Checker will start to scan for buinkw32.dll file and other system issues. Give some time for the full scan to complete.
  • Next, simply follow the commands in the File checker Wizard to complete the repair process.

Tip: A full scan with your antivirus software may also help you identify the origin of your buinkw32.dll error message. In some cases, the file may be corrupted due to some pirate software or games that get installed on your computer and may infect you with some malware.

Fmodex.dll Missing Fix

This guide is created to help you solve the “Fmodex.dll is Missing” Error Message that may appear on your screen due to various reasons. The suggested fixes below are carefully selected to ensure you effectively deal with this issue.

Fmodex.dll is a DLL file, associated with “FMOD Ex Sound System” and developed by Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd. for Windows OS. Some programs, applications or games may need Fmodex.dll in order to run properly and in case that it is missing, you will experience various errors. This is the reason why you may be getting a message like the one in the image below, every time you try to open a particular program, start your PC or try to use a particular function in your system.


Some other common Fmodex.dll error messages may state something like this:

  •  “The file fmodex.dll is missing.”
     “Fmodex.dll not found.”
     “Fmodex.dll Access Violation.”
     “Cannot register fmodex.dll.”
     “Cannot find F:\World_of_Tanks\fmodex.dll.”
     “Cannot start FMOD Ex. A required component is missing: fmodex.dll.”

This messages generally indicates that there is missing or corrupt Fmodex.dll file. In some cases, the reason for such an error may be the improper shutting off of your computer, a mistakenly deleted fmodex.dll file, some Windows registry issues or even a virus infection.

There are a few options you can try to fix those errors, and our team has included them in an easy-to-follow guide. Just follow the instructions as shown below you and you will be able to solve the “Fmodex.dll is Missing” Error on your own.

Fmodex.dll Missing Fix

Troubleshoot your system with System File Checker:

System File Checker is a built-in tool included in Windows. With its help, you can scan your system for corrupted files such as fmodex.dll and restore them. In case that System File Checker indicates an issue, it will try to recover the corrupted or missing file from the DLL Cache (%WinDir%\System32\Dllcache\). If the needed file is not fount in the Cache, it will ask you to insert your Windows installation disk to recover the missing original files. Here is how to run System File Checker in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10:

  •  Click the Start button.
  •  In the search box type “command” NB!!! DO NOT hit ENTER yet!
  •  Next, press the CTRL and Shift keys on your keyboard, and then press ENTER.
  •  A permission dialog box will appear. Click Yes.
  •  A black box with a blinking cursor will open.
  • There you have to type “sfc /scannow” and press ENTER.
  • This will run System File Checker and it will start to scan for fmodex.dll and other system file issues. It may take some time for the full scan to complete, so be patient.
  • Next, simply follow the Wizard commands on the screen to complete the process of repair.

Install all available Windows updates

“Fmodex.dll is Missing” Error message may be related to some outdated system files, associated with Fmodex.dll. Sometimes, a simple update of your Windows OS may fix the issue. Here is how to check for Windows Updates in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10:

  • Click on the Start menu button.
  • Then, type “update” in the search box and press ENTER.
  • The Windows Update dialog box will open.
  • Check for available updates, and if there are any, simply press the “Install Updates” button.
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Manually Register Fmodex.dll Using Microsoft Register Server

Sometimes, when you install software, which uses the Fmodex.dll file, it may fail to automatically register the file in your system. As a result, your system will provide you with an error message stating “fmodex.dll not registered”. In that case, you will need to manually register the DLL file with the help of the build in “Microsoft Register Server” (regsvr32.exe) tool. Here is how to do that for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10:

  • Click the Start button.
  • In the search box type “command” NB!!! DO NOT hit ENTER yet!
  • Next, press CTRL and Shift keys on your keyboard, and then press ENTER.
  • A permission dialog box will appear. Click Yes.
  • Type the following command – regsvr32 /u fmodex.dll.
  • Press “ENTER” and this will UN-REGISTER your file.
  • Next, type the following command: regsvr32 /i fmodex.dll.
  • Press “ENTER” and this time, it will RE-REGISTER your file.
  • Then, close the command prompt window and restart the program, associated with the fmodex.dll error message. The problem should be solved.

Other recommended fixes:

  • If you have doubts that your system may be infected, run a system scan with your antivirus software. Sometimes, a malware infection may cause corruptions or deletions of the Fmodex.dll file.
  • Check your Recycle bin for Fmodex.dll as you may have mistakenly deleted it. Then, simply restore it from the bin.
  • Reinstalling the problematic program may also help you fix the error.
  • If none of the suggested fixes works for you, then you may need to download Fmodex.dll file from the internet and copy it to the installation folder of the problematic program or copy it into the Windows system folder. This should fix the error.

Xinput1_3.dll is Missing Fix (Win 7/10)

This guide is created to help you fix the “Xinput1_3.dll is missing” error message. The instructions below will help you fix the issue in all Windows operating systems.

“Xinput1_3.dll is missing” error message may appear on your screen when you are trying to run a program on your system or let’s say you try to play a game or open some application. In general, Xinput1_3.dll is a component – an important part of Microsoft DirectX and in case that this component is missing, you will not able to run the program, game or application you are trying to open. This is because some applications or games may need this component to work properly. In this case, you are more likely to get a notification similar to this one:


Here are some of the possible error messages that you may be getting due to Xinput1_3.dll missing:

  • xinput1_3.dll is missing
  • xinput1_3.dll error loading
  • xinput1_3.dll crash
  • xinput1_3.dll was not found
  • xinput1_3.dll could not be located
  • xinput1_3.dll Access Violation
  • Cannot find xinput1_3.dll
  • Cannot register xinput1_3.dll

In this guide, we are going to show you how to fix that problem in a few easy-to-follow steps. If you are facing some issues with running a program on your system due to any of the above-listed files missing, you may be able to solve those issues by running the DirectX run-time package installer or troubleshoot the system with the help of the System File Checker or Updates. Here are some solutions that we have selected, which may be effective in your case:

Xinput1_3.dll is Missing Fix (Win 7/10)

Run System File Checker

The easiest is to try using the built-in System File Checker, which is a utility, developed by Microsoft to scan and repair your system from file errors. To do that, simply run the System File Checker on your computer to troubleshoot the Xinput1_3.dll is missing error. For that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key+C and type CMD in the Search box.
  2. In the Command Prompt box type “sfc /scanNow” and press “Enter”. This should have solved the issue.

Update Display Adapter Driver

If the system file checker doesn’t eliminate the issue, updating your display adapter driver may fix it. Follow the instructions given below:

  1. Press Windows Key + C and type “devmgmt.msc” in the search box. This way you will open the Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager, browse for “Display adapter”.
  3. Next, simply right-click on the adapter and select “Update Driver Software”.

Re-download Microsoft DirectX

Sometimes, the reason for the Xinput1_3.dll is missing error may be that the Microsoft DirectX files have been corrupted. To fix that, you will need to uninstall the corrupted files and re-install the Microsoft DirectX on your system. For that, you will first need to download the right version and apply to steps in the guide below:

  1. First, right-click on “Start” in the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Next, you need to select “Control Panel” and click on “Programs”.
  3. Navigate to “Uninstall a Program”.
  4. Then, select “Microsoft DirectX” from the list of programs and press “Uninstall”.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the program and restart your system.
  6. Once your old version is removed, you will need to manually download an updated DirectX setup from Microsoft Download Centre.
  7. Once you download it, simply double-click on the installer to run it and follow the instructions on the screen. This should fix the Xinput1_3.dll is missing error on your computer.

Did you found any of the suggested solutions helpful? If yes, then we will be more than happy to hear from you in the comments below.

How to Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows

This guide is created to help you fix the constant popping dialog box of Sticky Keys by disabling it from showing up. The instructions below will help you solve this irritating issue in Windows 7, Vista and Windows 10, so follow them closely to get rid of the notification and fix this problem.

In case that you have been playing some games, working or simply navigating through your system, you have probably noticed an irritating message like the one below:


The Sticky Keys dialog box may pop up spontaneously on your screen when you least expect it and interrupt your current activity. It usually happens when you press the Shift key five times in a row. This dialog box is surely annoying, especially because it shows up, again and again, every day or two even if you click “No” every time it appears. And while it could be a helpful accessibility feature for some people, for most users, it is simply an undesired and sometimes irritating pop-up on their screen. That’s why in this guide, we are going to show you how to fix this and stop it from appearing permanently.

How to Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows

The easiest way is to click on the “Go to Ease of Access Center” link once the dialog box has shown up. If you have skipped this option and simply have closed the box, here is what you need to do to find the right menu. You can navigate to the Control Panel from your Start Menu. Then, click on “Ease of Access Center” and navigate to the “Make the keyboard easier to use” option as shown in the picture below.

Click on it to open it. Once there, check that the “Turn on Sticky Keys” box is turned off. This means that the feature is not currently activated, however, this doesn’t mean that the annoying dialog box won’t pop up again.
In order to disable the Sticky Keys dialog box notification, you will need to click on the “Set up Sticky Keys” option as showed below:


Next, you need to remove the check mark from the box for “Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times”. Then click “Apply” to confirm the change in the settings.


This should disable the notification from appearing on your screen for Windows 7 or Vista.

There are three available options to turn off the Sticky Keys in Windows 10:

Option 1: The fastest is to use keyboard shortcuts. For that, just simultaneously press two keys from the keyboard – it can be Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Windows Logo Key, etc.
Option 2: Use the options in the “Ease of Access” keyboard settings.

  • Simply navigate to “Ease of Access” then select “keyboard settings” and open it.
  • Then turn off the function “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts” as shown in the picture.293_fixes_and_guides_image4

Option 3: Disable the Sticky Keys via Control Panel.

  • In the taskbar, double-click the Sticky Keys icon to display the Set up Sticky Keys window.
  • You can find the icon if you tap the up arrow on the taskbar.293_fixes_and_guides_image5
  • Next, to disable the Sticky key dialog box, remove the check mark in front of “Turn on Sticky Keys” and click OK.293_fixes_and_guides_image6

This is it, now you have disabled the notification box in Windows 10.

Windows Update Error Code 8024401C Fix

This guide is created to help you fix the Error Code 8024401C that prevents you from updating your Windows. The instructions below are simple to follow and have proved to solve the error in a fast and simple way.

In case that you have tried to update your Windows 8.1 through the Windows Update feature and it failed to install the updates, you have probably ended up with an Error Code 8024401C. This is a common error message that appears on the user’s screen in such cases, and there are many available fixes for it online. However, our team has researched some of the most user-friendly and easy-to-follow fixes that don’t require you to be a computer guru to follow them. So if you carefully repeat the steps in the suggested fix below, you will be able to eliminate the Error Code 8024401C and solve the Windows Update issue with just a few clicks.

Here is what the error message looks like:


Usually, the reason for the 8024401C Error Code is a bad internet connection. It could be due to some poor signal in your home or at the office. Another reason for this error could also be a third party application that may be restricting the access to the Windows Update feature in Windows 8.1 in some way. No matter what may be causing it, the steps in the guide below will hopefully help you find out what you need to do to fix your problem.

Here is what we suggest you do first:

  • Check your Internet Connection – make sure it works flawlessly and try to access some websites using your internet browser.
  • If you are using a router, try to restart it by turning it off, wait for a few seconds and turn it on again.
  • In case that you don’t have an internet connection, then call your internet provider and ask for assistance to establish your internet connection.

After researching a lot of solution options for the 8024401C Error, here we prepared a safe guide that will easily match the average user’s computer skills and won’t put your system at risk. Simply follow the steps below as they may work for you.

Windows Update Error Code 8024401C Fix

Now, let’s begin with the steps:

  • First, navigate to the Windows Update settings by writing in the search box of the start menu.
  • Then, press “Change settings” in the left menu that will be available once you open the Windows Update window.
  • Next, select the checkbox in front of recommended updates. It should look like this:
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  • Make sure that the “Microsoft Update” box is NOT checked.

After making this simple change in the settings, the problem should be solved and the error code should be fixed. Now your Windows Update should update your system without a problem.


Some users have reported that this easy-to-follow fix has helped them, so we hope it works for you as well. If you do still have trouble with the error “8024401C” in Windows 8.1, please feel free to write us in the comments and we will get back to you with support.