To fix this problem and repair the damaged XAudio2_6.dll file, just install or repair the latest version of DirectX and everything should work fine again.

The latest version of DirectX can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft website.

If this error occurs when you try to start a particular game, you can also find the DirectX installation file in the game’s installation folder.

Just navigate to your DirectX folder and you should find the necessary installation file there.

4. Sound driver update

  1. Press Windows + X and select Device Manager from the list.
  2. In the Sound, Video and Game Controllers section, right-click on your audio driver and select Update Driver.
  3. Select Automatically check for updated drivers.
  4. If updates are available, let the wizard complete the process.

Windows 10 will then download the latest drivers for your audio device.

Although XAudio2_6.dll is a DirectX-related file, some users have also reported that the sound driver update solved the problem.

So, if you have reinstalled DirectX and still get the same error, go to Device Manager and check for updates to your audio driver.

While this method is fairly simple, it doesn’t always load the most recent drivers, which may not solve your problem.

If you want to solve the problem completely, it is advisable to download the drivers directly from the motherboard or sound card manufacturer.

Just go to the manufacturer’s website, enter the model of your sound card or motherboard and download the latest audio drivers for it.

This method is a bit more complicated than the previous one, but you can use it to download the latest audio drivers for your PC.

If both methods don’t work, you should try a third-party utility that automatically updates all your drivers with one click.

Driverfix is one such tool that will automatically update your drivers in minutes.

5. Install the driver in safe mode.

  1. Press the Windows + I key to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to System and Security.
  3. Select Restore in the left pane.
  4. In the right-hand pane, under Advanced Run, click Restart Now.
  5. Select Troubleshooting > Advanced Options > Startup Options. Click on the Restart button.
  6. When the system is rebooted, a list of options is displayed. Select the safe mode with network by pressing the corresponding button.

Once you are in safe mode, try reinstalling the AMD driver. If you can install it successfully, the problem should be completely solved.

According to users, problems related to missing XAudio2_6.dll can be caused by graphics card drivers.

Some users have reported that this problem occurs when installing AMD drivers. To fix it, go to safe mode and try to install the drivers from there.

If you’re not familiar with it, Safe Mode is a special segment of Windows that uses default drivers and applications, making it ideal for troubleshooting.

6. Delete your entry

Some users reported that they were able to solve the problem with XAudio2_6.dll by simply deleting the registry.

In some cases, your registry entries may be corrupted, leading to this error and many others.

To solve this problem, some users recommend deleting the registry. The easiest way is to use a registry cleaning program.

We have tested many registry cleaners in the past, and if you are looking for good registry cleaning software, we recommend Advanced SystemCare.


7. Delete overclocking parameters

Sometimes the XAudio2_6.dll error may occur when trying to start certain games.

According to users, the problem was due to the overclocking settings. After removing the overclock settings, the problem was completely solved.

If your system is overclocked, lower the overclock settings or disable them completely and see if this fixes the problem. It’s not the most reliable solution, but it might work for you, so don’t hesitate to try it.

8 Install missing updates

If there is a problem with XAudio2_6.dll, it may be a problem with a missing Windows update. If you do not have the latest updates installed, you may experience problems.

However, you can easily solve these problems by installing the missing updates.

Windows 10 usually installs missing updates automatically, but sometimes you may miss one or two updates due to some issues.

However, you can still check for updates manually by doing the following

  1. Open the Settings program and go to Updates and security.
  2. Now click the Check for updates button.

If updates are available, they are downloaded in the background and installed immediately after the computer is restarted. After updating your system, check if the problem persists.

That’s all, we hope at least one of these solutions helped you solve this problem. If you have any comments or questions, please submit them below in the Comments section.

FAQ: More information about DLLproblems

  • How can I fix the missing dll file?

Try running a system file check first. If this doesn’t solve the problem, don’t download the file from unmarked sources, see our guide to fixing missing DLL files in Windows 10.

  • How do I fix missing XAudio2_6.dlls?
  • How do I know which DLL files are missing?

When you run a program, an error message usually appears on the screen indicating that the file aspecific.dll is missing or damaged. You can also use the Windows system file checker. Here is a good guide on how to perform an SFC scan.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in October 2015 and revised and updated to be current, accurate and complete in February 2021.

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