How to Fix “Error Code: 7002.1” on Rockstar Games Launcher?

If you are experiencing Error Code “7002.1” on the Rockstar Games Launcher then there are a lot of fixes that can potentially fix this problem. This error occurs when you are trying to launch a Rockstar Game. This often pops up for Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2. Other Rockstar games also suffer from this error. 

Error Code 7002.1

This error can be displayed in two different wordings to different people. The first one you can see in the picture above. The second one simply reads “Game launcher error. Please try again later. Code: 7002.1“. Faulty Drivers and an outdated game can be two of the many reasons for this error. 

You can try the following methods to get rid of this problem on your PC. We can start from the basic ones and then work our way to the complex ones.

Restart the Game

One of the first things that you can do is simply restart the game. This can be a temporary glitch that can be solved by this method. This is one of the more easier steps. Sometimes launching the game can sometimes not go as it was planned. This results in error codes. Restarting the game is going to relaunch the game in the way it was supposed to.

You can also restart the Rockstar Games launcher. This can also help the situation as this is the most crucial component in launching a game. If the launcher did not boot properly this can also affect the game.

Verify your Game files

Corrupted game files can also be the reason why we are seeing the error. This can be a really frustrating because if the important files get corrupted you might have to reinstall the game entirely. This can be fixed by verifying our files with the launcher.

If we verify our files to the launcher, it is going to scan the game folder for missing, corrupted, or deleted and then reinstall the file again. This can reassure us that our files are not corrupted.

  1. Open the Rockstar Games Launcher
  2. Go to settings and then under your Installed games click on GTA V
  3. After that click on Verify Integrity 
    Verify Game Files

    Now your files are going to be checked and fixed if this was causing the error to be triggered.

Launch Rockstar Games Launcher as Administrator

As this is the launcher of the game it needs to function properly in order to launcher the game without any errors. It cannot do that if windows are preventing it from accessing all of the necessary files. We can prevent this by giving the launcher Administrator Privileges.

This is going to allow the launcher to access the necessary files or make changes to game-related folders and prevent it from giving us any error codes. 

To do this Simply Right-Click on the icon and click on run and administrator

Run as Administrator

If it does the trick then you can make this permanent. Right-clicking every time on the icon is not very efficient and is very forgettable. To make this option permanent follow these steps.

  1. Right-click on the icon and click on Properties
    Open Properties
  2. From here click on Compatibility and then Check the box that says “Run this program as an administrator” and then click on Apply

    Permanently Run the Program as Administrator

    Now you dodon’tave to go through the hassle of right-clicking every time and running as administrator.

Disable Anti Virus

Most people have an Anti Virus software on their PC. This software can change some folders that can trigger this error without us knowing it. This is one of the major downsides of having an Anti Virus software on your PC. Anti Virus is a great option for safety but this can also backfire in some cases.

You can temporarily disable Anti Virus and launch your game. This is going to allow the game to make changes to folders in order to access the internet. If you don’t know how to disable Anti Virus on your PC, then you can follow the steps to Disable Anti Virus on your PC

If disabling Anti Virus on your PC works then you can White list the launcher on your Anti Virus. This is going to command the software to not stop this file from changing certain folders so you don’t have to keep it disabled every time you decide to play the game.

You can follow the steps to white list the game on your PC.

  1. Type on the search bar Windows Defender Firewall and click on it 
    Open Windows Firewall
  2. Now, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall

    Click on Allow apps through Windows Defender
  3. From here, Click on Change settings and then scroll down and find the Rockstar Games Launcher and uncheck all of the boxes.
    Change settings
  4. If you cannot find the application then you can click on Allow another app and locate it from there 
    Allow another app
  5. Click on okay. Then try again and see if the error is fixed 

Update Audio Drivers

The error reads “No compatible sound card was detected. Please check your sound card drivers“. We can try to follow the instruction and see where it takes us. Usually what the error says is not true, but we can always give it a try. 

If you are able to hear audio everywhere else then it probably means that your sound card drivers is not the issue. You can still try this step just to be on the safe side. 

  1.  Search Device Manager in the search bar and open it
    Open Device Manager
  2. Find Sound, video, and game controllers and expand it by clicking on the arrow beside it
  3. Click on the sound device that you are using, right-click on it, and click on properties

    If you don’t know what your sound device is then you can go to settings → system → sound and then check what output device is selected. Then click on that one.
  4. From here click on the driver’s tab and then click on Update Drivers
    Update Drivers
  5. Then, click on Search automatically for drivers

    Search for Drivers

    This is going to download the update for your sound card if there was an update.

Troubleshoot Audio 

If updating the drivers did not fix this issue then we can troubleshoot the whole audio service to find out what is wrong with it. Windows has provided us with the option to do so. This is going to tell us the exact problem or the component that we were lacking.

  1. Open settings and go to Update and Security
    Update and Security
  2. Then go to Troubleshooter and click on Additional Troubleshooters
    Open troubleshooter
  3. Then click on Playing Audio
    Troubleshoot Audio

    This is going to troubleshoot your audio settings and tell you what’s wrong with your sound card

Update Graphics Drivers

Outdated graphic drivers are can also trigger this error. As this error mostly occurs on games like GTA V and RDR 2, these games are heavily demanding of the GPU. If the GPU drivers are outdated then these games cannot run like they are supposed to. 

To prevent this from happening, you should keep your GPU drivers up to date for the game to run smoothly. Follow these steps to update your graphic drivers.

Nvidia users can follow these steps:


  1. Open GeForce Experience
  2. Then click on Drivers
    Click on Drivers
  3. Then click on Check for Updates
    Check for Updates
  4. After it’s done checking for updates, click on Download
    Download the update

    This is going to download the latest driver of your GPU.


  1. Open the AMD Radeon Settings and click on updates
    Open updates
  2. Click on Check for Updates
    Check for Updates


  3. Click on the arrow and then click on Update Now
    Update now
  4. Then click on Proceed
    Procced the Updated
  5. A new window will pop up. Then click on Upgrade
    Update your GPU drivers

    Now the installation is going to begin and your Drivers will be installed on your PC

Contact Customer Support

If nothing works out for you, then the last thing you can do is contact Rockstar Game’s Customer Support. They can help you out with the error that you are getting by providing you with a permanent fix. You can tell them what problem you are facing.

You can contact them by clicking here


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Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.