How to Fix Xapofx1_5.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide

Screenshot of an xapofx1_5.dll error message
Xapofx1_5.dll Error.

Since the xapofx1_5 DLL file is one of many files contained in the Microsoft DirectX software collection, xapofx1_5.dll issues are caused in one way or another by an issue with DirectX.

DirectX is utilized by most Windows based games and advanced graphics programs, so xapofx1_5.dll errors usually show up only when using these programs, such as the Arma 3, Rise of the Triad, and Dead Island video games.

There are many ways xapofx1_5.dll errors can show up on your PC. Here are several of the more common specific xapofx1_5.dll error messages you might see:

Xapofx1_5.DLL Not Found
The file xapofx1_5.dll is missing
File xapofx1_5.dll not found
The program can't start because xapofx1_5.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.
Xapofx1_5.dll not found. Reinstalling might help fix this.
Bad Image (XAPOFX1_5.dll)

The xapofx1_5.dll error message could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, but it's most commonly seen with video games. Whether it's a game or other program, the xapofx1_5 DLL error usually appears when the application is starting, but might also be seen during an installation while the program tries to update or validate DirectX files.

Like mentioned above, Arma 3, Rise of the Triad, and Dead Island are just a few examples of video games that might see an xapofx1_5.dll error, but again, it can happen for any game that uses DirectX.

Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by xapofx1_5.dll and other DirectX issues. This includes Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix Xapofx1_5.dll Errors

Important Note: Do not download the xapofx1_5.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site." There are several reasons that downloading DLLs from these sites are never a good idea.

Note: If you've already downloaded xapofx1_5.dll from one of those DLL download sites, remove it from wherever you put it and continue with these steps.

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet.

    The xapofx1_5.dll error might be a fluke and a simple restart could clear it up completely.
  2. Install the latest version of Microsoft DirectX. Chances are, upgrading to the latest version of DirectX will fix the xapofx1_5.dll not found error.

    Note: Microsoft often releases updates to DirectX without updating the version number or letter so be sure to install the latest release even if your version is technically the same.

    Tip: The same DirectX installation program works with all versions of Windows including Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP, and more. It will replace any missing DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 file.
  3. Assuming the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the xapofx1_5.dll error you're receiving, look for a DirectX installation program on your game or application DVD or CD. Usually, if a game or ‚Äčanother program utilizes DirectX, the software developers will include a copy of DirectX on the installation disc.

    Sometimes, though not often, the DirectX version included on the disc is a better fit for the program than the latest version available online.

    Note: It's possible that you need to first back up the file, delete the original DLL file, and then install DirectX. Try this if both this step and Step 2 have not fixed the issue. Deleting xapofx1_5.dll has been known to fix Bad Image (XAPOFX1_5.dll) errors specifically but you can try it for any related error message if you're not seeing that one.
  1. Uninstall the game or software program and then reinstall it again. Something might have happened to the files in the program that work with xapofx1_5.dll and a reinstall could do the trick.
  2. Restore the xapofx1_5.dll file from the latest DirectX software package. If the above troubleshooting steps haven't worked to solve your xapofx1_5.dll error, try extracting the xapofx1_5.dll individually from the DirectX downloadable package.
  3. Update the drivers for your video card. While it's not the most common solution, in some situations updating the drivers for the video card in your computer could correct this DirectX issue.

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