Software & Apps Windows How to Fix dx8vb.dll Not Found or Missing Errors A troubleshooting guide for Dx8vb.dll Errors Share Pin Email Print Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated February 22, 2019 There are several ways that dx8vb.dll errors can show up on your computer. Several of the more common specific dx8vb.dll error messages are listed below: "The file dx8vb.dll is missing""Dx8vb.DLL Not Found""File dx8vb.dll not found""Dx8vb.dll not found. Reinstalling might help fix this." Dx8vb.dll errors usually appear when a game or other software program is started. Cause of Dx8vb.dll Errors Dx8vb.dll issues are caused in one way or another by an issue with Microsoft DirectX. The dx8vb.dll file is one of many files contained in the DirectX software collection. Since DirectX is utilized by most Windows based games and advanced graphics programs, dx8vb.dll errors usually show up only when using these programs. Troubleshooting Steps Do not download the dx8vb.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site." There are a number of excellent reasons that downloading DLLs from these sites are never a good idea. 1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet. The dx8vb.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 dx8vb.dll not found error. 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. Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP, etc. are all supported by this same DirectX installation package. It will install any DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 file needed and supported in that version of Windows. 3. Assuming the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the dx8vb.dll error you're receiving, look for a DirectX installation program on your game or application CD or DVD. Usually, if a game or other 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. 4. Uninstall the game or software program and then reinstall it again. Something might have happened to the program files that work with dx8vb.dll and a reinstall could do the trick. 5. Restore the dx8vb.dll file from the latest DirectX software package. If the above troubleshooting steps haven't worked to solve your dx8vb.dll error, try extracting the dx8vb.dll individually from the DirectX downloadable package. 6. 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. Applies To The dx8vb.dll error message could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, most commonly video games. Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by dx8vb.dll and other DirectX issues. This includes Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.