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How to Fix Error 0x0000045a in CS2

Counter-Strike 2 has multiple new features and updates planned for years to come.

It will be a free upgrade to CS:GO players, featuring a new CS Rating system.

CS2 also features dynamic smoke grenades, improved maps, sub-tick updates for responsiveness, and more.

Smoke can now interact with other gameplay events, seep out of opened doorways, and more.

The game promises a fresh and exciting experience for fans of the franchise.

If you’re trying to install or launch the game, you might get a launcher error.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix the launcher error 0x0000045a in CS2 (A dynamic link library (DLL) initialization routine failed”.

How to Fix Error 0x0000045a in CS2


To fix error 0x0000045a in CS2, you need to try to verify the integrity of game files.

If you’re using an outdated CPU like Athlon or Phenom, you need to upgrade it to play CS2.

Do note that CS2 also requires an operating system of Windows 10 and higher to play.

This is because the game does not support Athlon/Phenom CPUs and an operating system that is older than Windows 10.

Method 1: Verify the integrity of game files

  1. Go to your Steam Library and right-click Counter-Strike.
  2. Select “Properties” followed by “Installed Files”.
  3. Select “Verify integrity of game files”.

Method 2: Upgrade your CPU and OS

  • CS2 does not support outdated CPUs like Athlon or Phenom.
  • To play CS2, you need to upgrade your CPU to a better one.
  • CS2 does not support older version of Windows like Windows 7 or 8.
  • To play CS2, you need to update your Windows version to Windows 10 2H22 or higher.

Further reading

How to Fix “Unable to load module engine2” in CS2

How to Fix “Some of your game files have been detected to have no signatures” in CS2

How to Fix VAC Unable to Verify Error in CS2


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