The game installation for Steam-based games is found in the following path:
C:Program FilesSteam (x86)SteamAppsCommon
Once there, open the Dead Cell folder and create a desktop shortcut from the deadcell.exe. Try starting the game and look for changes.
4. Try repairing the game
- Open Steam.
- Choose Library.
- Right-click on the Dead Cells and open Properties.
- Select the Local files tab.
- Click on the Verify Integrity of Game Files button.
Even though it occurs rarely, the corruption of game installation files might be the reason why the game won’t run through Steam.
The Failed to load library steam.hdll error means that either system or game files are not as it’s supposed.
This might be a result of system changes, antivirus false positive, or, most likely, an erroneous update.
When this happens, you can always rely on Steam‘s built-in Verification Checker. This tool allows you to scan for changes with game files and fix corrupted or incomplete files, so use it freely in any similar unhappy events.
5. Update Steam and Dead Cells
As we already said in the previous step, the probable reason for the issue is to be found in recent changes made either to the game or the system.
You can address this by updating again, hoping that there’s a patch for the game which sorts out the issue at hand.
In addition, making sure that the Steam client is always up to date is also important.
Once you’ve updated Dead Cell and Steam, restart your PC and look for changes. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the game.
6. Reinstall the game
- Open Steam client.
- Open Library.
- Right-click on Dead Cell and choose Uninstall from the contextual menu.
- Restart your PC.
- Open Steam again and choose Library.
- Install Dead Cell.
This is the last resort, if none of the previous steps removed the Failed to load library steam.hdll pop-up.
Don’t worry, your game progress will be saved in Steam Cloud.
That should do it. In case you’re still stuck with the error, consider posting the details in the comments section below. We might be able to assist you.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2019 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
This post was written by Aleksandar Ognjanovic and was first posted to WindowsReport