Fix: PhysXLoader.dll is missing

Some gamers have reported an issue with NVIDIA drivers which have resulted in the error “Physxloader.dll is missing, reinstalling the game may fix this problem” when trying to launch games from Steam and standalone games like Dragon Age and Need For Speed.

This error is related to the PhysX driver, which displays the error when the physxloader.dll file is missing or corrupted. Other causes of this issue is a result of a missing PATH environment variable and faulty PhysX redistributable package installation. Note that this error is found across several versions of Windows.

In this article, we’ll solve the issue involving physxloader.dll by reinstalling PhysX drivers, adding the PATH variable and finally.

Method 1: Reinstalling PhysX Drivers

  1. Press the Windows + R keys, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Search through the list of installed applications and select NVIDIA Game System Software or NVIDIA PhysX Driver and then click on Reboot your PC after this to complete the removal.
  3. Visit this link to download PhysX version 9.17.0524 driver. It’s compatible with the following operating system: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows Vista.
  4. Go to the download location of the driver you installed, right-click on the executable and Run as Administrator to install the file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  5. Reboot your computer and confirm if the issue has been resolved.

Method 2: Adding PhysX PATH Environment

  1. Locate the directory where NVIDIA PhysX physxloader.dll is installed. On a 64 bit system, it should be located at C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common and C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common on a 32 bit system.
  2. Open the System Properties by press Windows + R, typing sysdm.cpl and pressing Enter.
  3. Go to the Advanced tab of System Properties and click Environment Variables.
  4. Under System variables, double-click Path and then New. Add the Environment Path for PhysX as %ProgramFiles(x86)%\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common for 64 bit and %ProgramFiles%\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common for 32 bit systems.

Alternatively, you caninstall Rapid Environment Editor, right-click on the setup and launch Run as Administrator, launch the application, click on the Path Variable and and then insert the values used above.

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