Some Windows users keep getting the error 1000.50 on the Social Club Launcher when attempting to launch Grand Theft Auto V via Steam. This issue is exclusive to Steam and it’s confirmed to occur on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
After investigating this particular issue, it turns out that there are several different reasons why you might end up seeing this error when attempting to launch the game via Steam. Here’s a list of potential culprits that might be responsible for this issue:
- Underlying Rockstar server issue – Before troubleshooting for other issues, you should start by ensuring that this problem is not being caused by a server issue that is beyond your control. If this scenario is applicable, there is nothing you can do to fix the issue other than waiting for Rockstar to fix their server issues that are currently affecting Social Club.
- Glitched Steam / Social club process – According to some affected users, this issue can also occur due to some processes (belonging to Steam or Social Club) are stuck in a limbo state (neither opened nor closed). In this case, you should attempt to fix the issue by using Task Manager to kill the Steam launcher and the Social Club process before attempting to launch the game once again.
- Missing admin access – As it turns out, this issue is also confirmed that this issue can occur if Steam is lacking the admin access to communicate with the Social Club interface that actually launches GTA V. In this case, you can fix the issue by forcing Steam to open with admin access.
- Steam Service client is stuck in a limbo state – Under certain circumstances, you might find that you’re encountering this issue due to an inconsistency having to do with the main service that Steam uses (Steam Service Client)
- TCP or IP Inconsistency – An Internet Protocol or Transmission Control Protocol issue can also be the underlying cause that’s causing the Social Club launcher to display this error. In this scenario, you should try rebooting or resetting the router that’s actively maintaining the connection to the internet.
- Corrupted GTA V Installation files – This problem can also occur due to some inconsistencies with the game files. In this case, you should be able to identify the corrupted files and replace them with healthy equivalents by triggering an integrity check.
Now that you know every potential culprit that might be responsible for this issue, here’s a list of methods that other users have successfully used to get around the error 1000.50:
Method 1: Checking the Service Status
Keep in mind that in the past, there was a surge of users reporting this issue while the main Social Club service was down or undergoing maintenance.
So before you start troubleshooting a local issue that might trigger this problem, the first thing you should check the status of the Social Club infrastructure. Fortunately, Rockstar maintains a status page where you can check if there’s an issue with the Social Club or any game that uses it.
Once you get to the page, check the color codes associated with Social Club. If there are no underlying issues associated with it, you can conclude that you’re not dealing with a server issue and you can move down to the next potential fix below.
If you have successfully confirmed that you’re not experiencing this error due to a server issue, move down to the next potential fix below.
Method 2: Killing the Launcher + Steam in Task Manager
As it turns out, a lot of affected users that were encountering this issue have confirmed that the error 1000.50 went away after they’ve used Task Manager to force-close the Social Club launcher as well as the main Steam process.
This is curious since some users are reporting this fix to work even after a regular restart didn’t allow them to avoid the error.
If you haven’t tried this yet, follow the instructions below to learn how to use Task Manager to kill the processes related to Social Club launcher and Steam:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + ESC to open up the Task Manager Utility.
Note: If the utility opens in Simple mode, click on More Detail (bottom-left corner) to bring out the Advanced interface.
- Once you’re inside the Advanced menu of Task Manager, access the Processes tab from the horizontal menu at the top.
- Inside the list of processes, locate the entry associated with Steam, right-click on it and choose End Task from the context menu.
- Once every Steam process is closed, go ahead and close the process associated with Social Club.
- Open Steam once again and launch GTA V once again to see if the problem is now fixed.
If the same error 1000.50 problems is still occurring, move down to the next potential fix below.
Method 3: Launch Steam as Admin
According to some affected users, you can also expect to encounter this problem due to a permission issue that is preventing Steam from allowing the Social Club interface from passing the information required for certain dependencies.
Several affected users encountering the same problem have reported that they were finally able to fix the issue after forcing the main Steam executable to open with admin rights.
To do this, all you have to do is right-click on the Stream executable inside the folder where you installed it (or you can simply right-click an executable) and click on Run as Administrator from the newly appeared context menu.
When prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, click Yes to grant admin access.
Once you do this, launch GTA V through Steam and see if the problem is now fixed.
If the issue is resolved and you want to avoid doing the steps above every time you need to open GTA V, follow the instructions below to force your OS to open this executable with admin access every time you need to open Steam:
- Start by ensuring that Steam is closed and no associated process is running in the background.
- Next, go ahead and open My Computer or File Explorer and navigate to the location where you installed Steam. By default, you should be able to find the Steam installation in the following location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
- Once you’re inside the correct location, right-click on Steam.exe and then click on Properties from the newly appeared context menu.
- Inside the Properties screen, access the Compatibility tab from the ribbon menu at the top, then move down to the Settings category and check the box associate with Run this program as an administrator.
- Finally, click on Apply to save the changes permanent before attempting to launch Steam normally (by double-clicking).
If re-configuring steam to open with admin access didn’t allow you to fix the issue, move down to the next potential fix below.
Method 4: Restarting the Steam Service Client Service
If force-closing the processes associated with Steam and Social club didn’t work in your case, the next step should be to use the Services screen to essentially restart the Steam Service Client.
This method has been confirmed to work by a lot of affected users that were previously unable to launch GTA V via Steam.
If you haven’t tried this fix yet, follow the instructions below to restart the Steam Service client via the Services screen:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘services.msc’ and press Enter to open up the Services screen. If you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant admin access to the Services screen.
- Once you’re inside the Services screen, move over to the right-hand side and scroll down through the list of services until you locate the Steam Client service. Once you see it, right-click on it and choose Services from the context menu that just appeared.
- Once you’re inside the Properties screen, access the General tab and click on the Stop service if it’s already running.
- After the service is stopped, click on Start to run the service again, then change the startup type to Automatic and click on Apply.
- Launch Steam again and launch GTA V and see if the issue is now fixed.
If this problem is still not fixed, move down to the next potential fix below.
Method 5: Restart or Reset the Router
According to some affected users, this issue can also occur due to a TCP or IP issue that is affecting the connection between your local installation and the Rockstar-maintained server that handles Social Club.
TCP and IP errors of this kind are typically facilitated by a problem with the router that’s in charge of the network that you’re currently connected to. If you find yourself in this scenario, there are 2 different ways that you can use to fix this network inconsistency:
- Restarting your router – By going to this router, you will effectively refresh your current IP and TCP data currently maintained by your router without making any persisting changes that might affect your network interaction. But keep in mind that this method won’t be effective if the issue is being caused by a setting, restriction, or whitelisting enforced at a router level.This operation will not end up causing the immediate loss of access to the internet. It will only clear the currently saved Internet Protocol data and Transmission Control Protocol data.To perform a simple router restart, start by identifying the power button (it’s typically located on the back of your router) and press it once in order to cut off the power. After you do this, go ahead and disconnect the power cable from the power outlet and wait for a full minute or more in order to allow the power capacitors enough time to drain themselves.
Note: If a simple restart didn’t fix the issue in your case, move down to the instructions on resetting your router below.
- Resetting your router – If the reset procedure didn’t work for you, the next logical step you should follow is to go for a complete reset in order to ensure that no network-related settings are causing this kind of issue. But keep in mind that this operation will essentially reset your router settings back to their factory state. This means that any forwarded ports, whitelisted items, blocked items, and any other custom settings are will be cleared. Even more, if your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is using PPPoE (Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet), a router reset will force it to ‘forget’ the credentials.If you understand the consequences, you can initiate a router reset by finding the reset button (on the back of your router), press it, and keep it pressed for about 10 seconds or until you see the front LEDs flashing at the same time.
Note: Keep in mind that in most cases, router manufacturers will choose to make the reset button only accessible via sharp objects (screwdrivers, toothpicks, needles, etc.) in order to prevent accidental presses.
If your ISP is using PPPoE, you will need to re-insert the credentials that were supplied to you before you will be able to re-establish access to the Internet.
Once you have successfully rebooted or reset your router, open Steam and see if you’re still encountering the same error 1000.5 when attempting to launch GTA V.
Method 6: Verify integrity of GTA V
As it turns out, you can also expect to encounter this issue if you are dealing with some kind of inconsistency that affects the local installation of GTA V. This issue has been confirmed by a lot of users that are launching the game through Steam.
If this scenario is applicable, you can fix the issue by forcing the Steam application to run an integrity check on Grand Theft Auto V to see if you’re dealing with some kind of corruption issue. If the scan reveals a corruption problem, it will attempt to fix it automatically by replacing corrupted data with healthy equivalents.
Note: Before following the instructions below, make sure that you are connected to a stable internet connection.
Follow the instructions below to trigger a game files integrity check on the Grand Theft Auto V installation:
- Open up steam conventionally with admin access (follow Method 3) and access the library menu from the list of available categories at the top.
- Next, from the list of games, right-click on GTA V and choose Properties from the context menu that just appeared.
- Once you’re inside the Properties screen of GTA V, access the Local Files tab and click on Verify Integrity of the Game file.
- Confirm the operation when asked to, then wait for the operation to complete before launching GTA V again and seeing if the issue is now fixed.