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How to Fix a Fortnite Crash: Error

0xC00007B errors are caused by Windows not having access to a required dependency to run an application.

The error is indicative of either a system error, or some other problem with the files of Fortnite Skins.

In regards Fortnite, and how the system may show the error when you attempt to load the game, the answer is to ensure that you have the required dependencies correctly installed – and accessible – on your system.

Whilst this is quite a difficult process, the underlying reality is that it’s a common problem for Windows to suffer from dependency issues; the solution is to ensure everything is working with the game.

Cause

As mentioned, the 0xC00007B error indicates that your system needs a particular file to run an application, but doesn’t have it.

The error is not specific to Fortnite; it can show for a variety of applications, and is a Windows error.

It will typically show with the following message:

The application was unable to start correctly (0xC00007B). Click OK to close the application.
The biggest issue with this error in particular is the lack of explanation of what actually lead it to show. Many other errors explain the file or setting which caused the exception, not this.

To solve the problem, you have to either pinpoint the problem, or work on a number of potential fixes in the hope that one will resolve it.

Solution

As mentioned, the error has a myriad of causes. However, to get the solution – you need to make sure you have the appropriate dependencies installed & accessible on your system.

In the case of Fortnite, the likes of DirectX, Unreal Engine, Visual C++ and.NET are all required to ensure the game can actually run. Thus, the first port of call is to make sure they are correctly installed.

To do this, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Change Fortnite Application Settings

The first step is quite simple – change its application settings to ensure that it can run correctly in Windows.

To do this, you need to be able to locate the “Binaries” for the game, which is archived with the following steps:

Press “Windows” + “R” keys on your keyboard
Type “explorer” into the box and press “OK”
Browse to the following: C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite\FortniteGame\Binaries\Win64
Right-click onto “FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe” and select “Properties”
From the tabs at the top of the screen, select “Compatibility”
At the bottom of the window, check “Disable fullscreen optimisations”
Check “Run this program as administrator”
Click “OK”
After doing this, try running the game again. If the error persists (which it likely will), you’ll need to progress with the following steps.

  1. “Verify” Fortnite

If the above doesn’t work, you will need to “verify” the Fortnite installation.

To do this, you have to load up the Epic Games launcher application and run the verification process. If you can’t open the launcher, you’ll need to skip to the next step.

Browse to C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite\FortniteGame (or wherever your Fortnite game is installed)
Locate the Win64\Binaries folder + delete it
Click onto your desktop > click onto the “Epic Games Launcher” icon
When the launcher loads, click onto the “Fortnite” tab
On the “Launch” (green) button, select the cog
From the list that appears, select “Verify”
This will take some time, but will essentially re-install the Fortnite executables so that the game can function again
After this process completes, restart your system and try the game again
The likelihood is that this will not allow the game to run properly again. The problem with the game likely comes from a damaged, faulty or incompatible dependency on Windows.

  1. Re-Install The Game

This is quite drastic, but if you have the patience to do it – should ensure that the issue is resolved.

To do it, you need to follow these steps:

In Windows 7, click onto “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Add/Remove Programs”
In Windows 10, right-click onto the “Start” button > select “Apps and Features”
From the list, select “Fortnite” as well as the “Epic Games Launcher”
Uninstall both
After the uninstall process completes, restart your system
Download a new version of Fortnite from the Epic Games website
Install it fresh on your system