How to fix vulkan-1.dll error in DOOM 4 in Windows 10

Release of one of the most popular horror-shooter DOOM 4 caused a real furor among the gamers. Unfortunately, some fans have started facing with the critical error, which causes crash and then user see newly appeared window with a technical information about error. In this post we will show you how to fix vulkan-1.dll error in DOOM4 on Windows 10 machine.

What’s the cause of vulkan-1.dll error?

Vulkan-1.dll is a dynamic library file which is used by DOOM 4, usually located in ‘C:\Windows\system32\’ or ‘C:\Windows\SysWOW64\’ folder. In many cases, error appears because of the file damage or the game version incompatibility. In case you already have a previous DOOM version installed on your PC, your vulkan-1.dll library could be updated incorrectly during the installation. That’s why vulkan-1.dll file can be missing.

Vulkan-1.dll error looks like this:

The program can’t start because vulkan-1.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

vulkan-1.dll error

How to fix vulkan-1.dll error?

Follow these steps to fix Vulkan-1.dll error:

  1. Determine what version of Windows OS your computer is running (32-bit or 64-bit). You can do this by going to Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> System. Note the value.
  2. Download library using this link (for 32-bit Windows).
  3. Extract files from an archive and move downloaded .dll file into the system folder: in case you are running 32-bit system use path Windows\System32, if you have 64-bit OS —Windows\SysWOW64.
    Important! Backup your original .dll file before proceeding. It can be useful in case you are going to run older versions of DOOM on this machine later.
  4. Now we need to register the library. Press Win+R and type in regsvr vulcan-1.dll in the new window. Then click OK.
    vulkan-1.dll register
  5. Reboot your PC.
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Most likely, after implementing these instructions you won’t have any problem with DOOM4 run. In case error appears again, try to download and register different versions of vulcan-1.dll file (you can find it on different websites and forums on Internet).

In case you already put vulcan-1.dll in your system folder and it didn’t work, try to download zip archive with VulkanRT-Installer. After downloading, extract archive and install it on your computer. Reboot your machine and now you are ready to run DOOM4!

Warning! It’s important to mention, that there is no any guaranties that randomly downloaded .dll file will be safe for your computer. So do it on your own risk!

If these solutions didn’t help you, try to reinstall the game or even reinstall Windows and then try to run DOOM4 again. Hope this post was useful and helped you to fix vulcan-1.dll error in DOOM4!

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