Steam_api.dll is missing. Download Steam_api.dll and fix the error
So, if you try to run a game and see a message that the program can’t start because steam_api.dll is missing here are several ways to fix the error, depending of what is the game and the reason of the error. (You might also see “The procedure point could not be located in the dynamic link library steam_api.dll”).
The error may occur in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 and in newest Windows 10. The games that most often cause the error are Total War, Civilization, Rome 2, Batman Origins, Dead Island and many others.
Fix that works most often
The most often reason for steam_api.dll is missing error is that you’ve downloaded a cracked game — in this case, the steam_api.dll file in a game is modified and your antivirus may have removed it from your computer (see the antivirus reports).
To fix an error you should buy a game or disable antivirus, reinstall a program, and run it again.
Download steam_api.dll file
Second way to fix the error is to download steam_api.dll from somewhere (there are plenty of those websites to download it, but I trust none of them), and then copy it to:
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common (if you have steam installed)
- Game_folder\bin (or Game’s root folder if there’s no “bin”)
- Windows\System32 and Windows\SysWow64
Then launch command line as administrator and type regsvr32 steam_api.dll and hit Enter. Try run a game again. The steam_api.dll is missing error should be gone now if you’ve downloaded the right file.
The procedure point could not be located in the dynamic link library steam_api.dll
Above message tells you one of the following things, depending on the situation:
- You’ve downloaded wrong file or wrong version of it. Maybe just dummy file (there are such files on DLL-download websites).
- The program doesn’t need and can’t be run with the original file you’ve downloaded (if you have a cracked game).