xninjasmileyx Dec 26, 2013 @ 9:49pm
CK2 start up error?
I got a new lapyop for Christmas and dowloaded CK2 onto it, for some reason it wasn't playing when I hit play. My friend helped me out a little and figured out I was missing some .dll files but then another error came up "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)" neither of us had any idea what that means, but I still cant run my game. Does anyone know what this means and how to fix it? Thanks in advance. Also I am operating on Windows 8 if that helps.
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Supplican Dec 27, 2013 @ 3:26pm 
Please try installing:

First: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5555

After that: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8328

Then: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
(If that doesn't do anything then http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109 )

Then: visit the Windows Update site and allow it to apply all .NET updates/patches it wants to, for all .NET versions.


If that doesn't help try a full clean re-install:

- move any valued save games elsewhere
- "delete local files" in Steam
- manually delete all files and folders left under Steam/CK2 AND Documents/CK2
- re-install game in Steam, run a verify when done.

Then right-click on ck2.exe and ck2game.exe and set them to run as the Admin user.
xninjasmileyx Jan 2, 2014 @ 8:40am 
Sorry it took so long to reply, I went on vacation and had no internet connection. I downloaded the second and third files you put up easily, but the first file couldn't download because it said I had a newer version of it. Should i delete this newer version and download the one in your comment or leave it be?
DiRt y avocado Jan 15, 2014 @ 6:07pm 
I have the exact same problem, new laptop, fixed the dll files, cant start it because of (0xc000007b) tried to install the first link, but it said I already had a newer version. this sucks :(
Supplican Jan 15, 2014 @ 7:37pm 
Try all the others please, both of you.

There's also a version supplied with CK2 at c:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Crusader Kings II\dx
DiRt y avocado Jan 15, 2014 @ 10:52pm 
Hey it worked now, downloaded link 2 and 3. Thanks man!
Stannis_Baratheon Feb 8, 2014 @ 12:47pm 
@Supplican, I'm still having the same problem, I did all the steps you mentioned and I'm still getting the '07b' error. Another thread mentioned deleting the directx files in the "System32" and "SysWOW64" directories which i tried. When I tried to run it without the DX files it asks for "D3DX9_41.dll" Yet when I reinstall DX using the webclient it gives me the "07b" application error. I'm completely perplexed.
olivluis72 Feb 8, 2014 @ 5:38pm 
i am another one with that problem. always worked fine until I reinstalled it over a clean Windows refresh. The game doesn't launch whatever steps I take, and I've taken every step suggested here and over other similar threads. I'm completely baffled with this problem. (It seems to be a Paradox games thing: EUIV is giving me the same headache). Clueless and very frustrated.
Vikingr Feb 9, 2014 @ 10:04am 
Well, what fixed mine when it kept crashing at the start is not allowing the steam community in game for CK2. It may help you. Go to CK2's properties, then go to the 2nd tab I think it is, and uncheck the steam community in game button. Hope this helps, and if not, then I hope you get help soon!
olivluis72 Feb 9, 2014 @ 11:33am 
Nothing. Disabling Steam community did nothing. I'm going increasingly desperate because I've followed every piece of advice from this and other similar threads: Visual C++, Net Framework, DX, downloaded, installed, reinstalled everything and the game still doesn't load. In fact it got worse: now I have a CTD immediately after running the launcher, I don't even get to see the Launcher screen.
Vikingr Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:01pm 
Strange--with mine, I would hit play, it would come up but then crash, and give me to option to reopen. I'd reopen, and then the game would work but it would not acknowledge my DLCs even though they were checked in the launcher. Once I disabled the steam community for in game, it never crashed like that again. I assume you've tried redownloading the game already. If not, then you might want to try.
olivluis72 Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:30pm 
I've redownloaded and reinstalled the game countless times over the past few days... Nothing works, and I've ran out of ideas. If only the game would give you a clue as to why it is not working... Very frustrating. All my other games seem to be working fine, it's only CK2 and EU4 who stopped loading.
Supplican Feb 9, 2014 @ 4:10pm 
Originally posted by Stannis_Baratheon:
@Supplican, I'm still having the same problem, I did all the steps you mentioned and I'm still getting the '07b' error. Another thread mentioned deleting the directx files in the "System32" and "SysWOW64" directories which i tried. When I tried to run it without the DX files it asks for "D3DX9_41.dll" Yet when I reinstall DX using the webclient it gives me the "07b" application error. I'm completely perplexed.
There's also a version supplied with CK2 at c:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Crusader Kings II\dx - run dxsetup.exe from there.
Supplican Feb 9, 2014 @ 4:12pm 
Originally posted by olivluis72:
I've redownloaded and reinstalled the game countless times over the past few days... Nothing works, and I've ran out of ideas. If only the game would give you a clue as to why it is not working... Very frustrating. All my other games seem to be working fine, it's only CK2 and EU4 who stopped loading.
Exit Steam, then go to steam/ck2 and right-click on ck2.exe and ck2game.exe and set them to run as the Admin user.

Now manually run each of them, and tell us what happens in both cases please.
olivluis72 Feb 11, 2014 @ 3:21pm 
OK, done what you asked. ck2game gets me to the launcher. An "empty" launcher, all white without pictures, and no DLCs to chose from. Then if I launch ck2.exe from there nothing happens, no error message whatsoever, the game simply doesn't load. If I launch ck2.exe bypassing the launcher i get an error message, "0xc000007b" (not sure I've typed all the zeroes, mind you). Is there any hope for my case?...
Supplican Feb 11, 2014 @ 8:14pm 
Did you do what I said up in reply #1 above? That should fix that.
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