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How do I fix common Grand Theft Auto error codes?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

There are a few common error codes for Grand Theft Auto games. These are usually related to either the game not being able to start or problems with saving or loading data. Sometimes these can be fixed by simply restarting the game or your console, but other times you may need to delete and reinstall the game or reset your console.

1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Boot your computer in safe mode by pressing F8 while the computer is starting.
  2. If you are using Windows 8 or 10, type "bootcfg /reload" in the search bar.
  3. If you are using Windows 7, Vista, or XP, click the Start button, type "regedit" in the search bar, and press Enter.
  4. Locate and click the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" key.
  5. In the right pane, double-click the "Restart" value under the "Startup" key.
  6. In the "Restart" window, type the number of the option you want to use (1, 2, 3, or 4), and then click OK.
  7. After your computer restarts, try the problem again.

2. Update your drivers

  1. Go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest driver for your PC.
  2. Install the driver according to the instructions provided.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. In Windows, open the Control Panel and click on the Device Manager.
  5. On the left, under "Ports (COM & LPT)", double-click on the "Grand Theft Auto" device.
  6. On the "Driver" tab, click "Update Driver".
  7. If prompted, select the location of the driver file.
  8. Click "Browse" and select the driver file.
  9. Click "Open".
  10. Click "Yes" to continue.
  11. Click "Close".
  12. Click "OK" to close the Device Manager.

3. Reinstall the game

  1. First, make sure that you have the latest game update installed. This can be done by going to the Rockstar Social Club website and clicking on the "Updates" tab.
  2. Next, go to your game installation directory (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\GTA5) and delete the "gta5.exe" file.
  3. Next, download the latest version of the GTA5 game installer from the Rockstar Social Club website.
  4. Once the game installer has been downloaded, double-click on it to start the installation process.
  5. Once the installation process has started, select the "Repair" option from the main menu.
  6. Click on the "Activate License" button to activate the game license.
  7. Finally, click on the "Install" button to install the game.
  8. Once the game has been installed, start it up by clicking on the "Grand Theft Auto V" icon on your desktop.
  9. If the game prompts you to enter your serial number, enter the code that was given to you when you bought the game.
  10. If the game still fails to start, you may need to reinstall your graphics driver. For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Verify the game files.
  2. Run the game in compatibility mode.
  3. Turn off your antivirus software.
  4. Temporarily disable your firewall.
  5. Add an exception to your firewall for the game executable.
  6. Run the game as an administrator.
  7. Install the latest patch for the game.