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Apex Legends Couldn't Create XAudio2 Engine Error Fix

Apex Legends Couldn't Create XAudio2 Engine Error Fix

Since Season 15 patch, Apex Legends freezes on a black screen at startup, then the game crashes, so Apex Legends won't launch and players get an Engine Error (Couldn't create XAudio2) with the following error message:

"Engine Error
Couldn't intialize sound.
Please make sure you have a sound playback device that is enabled and properly configured.
Failed in: MilesDriverCreate
Miles output follows:
Couldn't create XAudio2."

Apex Legends Couldn't Create XAudio2 Engine Error

How to Fix Apex Legends Couldn't Create XAudio2 Engine Error

"Couldn't create XAudio2" Engine Error in Apex Legends only happens to Windows 7 users as far as I can see, and this problem can be fixed by following the steps below.

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Note: This solution is tested and worked on Windows 7.

Download Microsoft.XAudio2.Redist
  • Change the ".nupkg" file name extension to the ".zip"
  • Extract the zip file.
Extract Microsoft.XAudio2.Redist
  • Open the folder and navigate to build\native\release\bin\x64
  • Rename the "xaudio2_9redist.dll" file as xaudio2_9.dll
  • Copy the xaudio2_9.dll file and paste it to C:\Windows\System32
  • Now you can try to launch Apex Legends.

I hope the steps above can help get you into Apex Legends right away without an error.

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