Fix: Failed to Connect to the Rockstar Games Library Service

The error Failed to Connect to Rockstar Games Library Service typically occurs if the Rockstar Games Library service is disabled or if there is a corrupt installation of the game.

Users generally encounter the error upon launching the game’s launcher. For some users, the issue arises immediately after installing the game, while others experience it after an extended period of gameplay.

Failed to Connect to the Rockstar Games Library Service

Before beginning the troubleshooting process for the Rockstar Game Launcher, ensure that the game’s servers are operational.

Additionally, consider performing a clean boot in Windows to detect any software conflicts. Verify that you have the latest version of the launcher/game.

Also, ensure that the Windows user account launching the game has administrator privileges. You could try opening the executable file directly from the following path with administrator privileges:


Moreover, attempt to launch the game directly from the installation directory (or through the launcher if issues occur when launching the game directly). A simple restart of your computer may also resolve any temporary glitches.

Solution 1: Revert the Disk Drive Letter to the Previously Used Letter

The error may be triggered if you have altered the device drive letter of the hard disk partition where the game is installed, changing the file path while the launcher/game continues to search for the older path. Reverting to the previous letter could resolve the issue.

  1. Right-click on the This PC shortcut on your desktop and then select Manage.
    Manage This PC
  2. Click on Disk Management in the left pane.
  3. In the right pane, right-click on the game’s installation disk drive and then select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
    Change Drive Letter and Paths
  4. Click on the Change button.
    Click on the Change Button
  5. Next to Assign the Following Drive Letter, open the dropdown and select the previously used letter.
    Change the Drive Letter
  6. Save your changes and exit Disk Management.
  7. Restart your computer and check if the error has been resolved.

Solution 2: Enable the Rockstar Game Library Service

The Rockstar Games Library Service is critical for the game’s operation. If this service isn’t running in the background, it could cause the error. Activating this service may solve the problem.

  1. Right-click on the Windows button and select Task Manager.
    Selecting Task Manager after pressing Windows + X
  2. Navigate to the Startup tab.
  3. Select the Rockstar Games Library Service and click on the Enable button.
    Enable Rockstar Games Library Service
  4. Restart your system and check if the game functions properly.
  5. If not, press Windows + R, type:

    and press Enter.

  6. Find and double-click on the Rockstar Game Library Service.
  7. Change the Startup type to Manual and click on the Start button.
    Manually Start Rockstar Games Library Service
  8. If the service doesn’t start after setting the type to Automatic, switch to Manual and restart your system.
  9. Check if the game works correctly upon restart.

Solution 3: Edit the System’s Registry to Fix the Path Issue

An error may occur if the path of the game’s executable file is not enclosed in quotation marks within the corresponding registry value. Modifying the registry value for the path via the Registry Editor could resolve the issue.

Warning: Proceed with caution as editing the registry incorrectly can cause significant system and data damage.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Registry Editor, and in the results, right-click on Registry Editor and select Run as Administrator.
    Open Registry Editor as Administrator
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Rockstar Service
  3. Edit the key ImagePath and ensure its path value is within quotes.
  4. Save the changes and exit the Registry Editor.
  5. Restart your system and check if the game error has been resolved.

Solution 4: Uninstall the Social Club Application

The Social Club application is installed with the game but is not essential for gameplay. If its installation is corrupted or if a game update disrupts the dependencies between the Social Club application and the game, it could cause the Library Service error. Uninstalling the Social Club application might resolve the issue.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and select it from the search results.
    Open Control Panel
  2. Click on Uninstall a Program.
    Uninstall a Program
  3. Right-click on Social Club and select Uninstall.
    Uninstall Social Club
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. After restarting, open File Explorer and navigate to the Social Club folder, typically located at:
    %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\
  6. Back up the Rockstar Games folder to a safe location.
  7. Delete the Launcher and Social Club folders.
  8. Restart your system and check if the game operates correctly.
  9. If the issue persists, manually download and install the Social Club application, then verify if the error is resolved.

Solution 5: Reinstall the Game

If none of the previous solutions worked, the problem might be due to a corrupt game installation. In such cases, reinstalling the game might fix the issue.

For Non-Steam Version

  1. Close the launcher and terminate all related processes using Task Manager.
  2. Uninstall Social Club as outlined in Solution 4.
  3. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and select it from the search results. Click on Uninstall a Program.
  4. Right-click Grand Theft Auto V and select Uninstall.
    Uninstalling GTA V
  5. Restart your system.
  6. After restarting, navigate to the following paths using File Explorer and delete all files and folders present:
C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto V\

%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTAV



For Steam Version

  1. Open Steam, navigate to the Library, right-click GTA V, and select Uninstall.
    Uninstall GTA from Steam
  2. Exit Steam and restart your system.
  3. After restarting, open File Explorer and navigate to the following path, deleting all files/folders within:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto V\
  4. Follow Step 6 from the Non-Steam version instructions to delete related files/folders.

After completing these steps, reinstall the launcher/game and check if the error has been resolved. In addition, if you’re trying to install the game on a non-system drive, you might encounter issues. Consider installing the game on the system drive instead.

If you continue to experience problems with the game, consider changing your password on the Social Club website to eliminate any issues with your linked account.


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