D3D12 error are not that common, although they are a ubiquitous possibility when launching a game running on DirectX 12, as many do these days. Minecraft Legends is just the latest title that has seen a significant portion of the player base encounter D3D12 bugs, but many have seen them in other games. So, how Minecraft Legends D3D12 bug sufferers are struggling with this plague that is crashing their game?
D3D12 bug fixes in Minecraft Legends and other games
Windows DirectX 12 Compatibility
First: Are you using Windows 10 or 11??
If you’re one of the few still using Windows 7, it might be time to upgrade. DirectX 12 is only available on Windows 10 and 11 and will not run on older versions. You’ll have to move to greener, newer Windows pastures if you want to play games that run on DirectX 12.
DirectX should be updated automatically along with Windows updates, but sometimes things just happen and it’s best to just tackle these issues from the ground up.
You can download the latest one DirectX installer directly from Microsoft.
This should be your first course of action if your game is throwing a “d3d12.dll” error specifically and not a general D3D12 error.
Reinstall / verify the integrity of your game files
Either reinstalling your game or verifying the integrity of the game files can fix a D2D12 error. On Steam, you can easily check your files by right-clicking the game in your library, clicking Properties, then going to Local Files to start an integrity check. Other platforms have a similar option.
Both fixes are functionally the same, so reinstalling is unlikely to work if verification doesn’t work.
Update your graphics card drivers
You may get the D3D12 error just because your graphics drivers are not fully updated.
If you don’t know how to update your graphics drivers, just click through the links below to get Nvidia and AMD driver downloads from their respective official sources:
Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Packages
Last but not least, you might get D3D12 errors due to a Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable issue. Yes, that’s a sip. Yes, you generally need them.
To do this, you need the X86 option in the Visual Studio 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022 section official Microsoft download page.
One of these solutions should work for you regardless of whether you are encountering D3D12 errors Minecraft Legends or most other titles you could run it in, or d3d12.dll errors. There aren’t many D3D12 fixes, but at least they’re mostly easy.
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