Rockstar Social Club Error Stops PC Gamers From Playing GTA 4

Published: June 1, 2020 1:36 PM /


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GTA 4 Error Code 1001 is a mysterious new occurrence that has been popping up when some PC gamers are trying to enjoy Grand Theft Auto 4: The Complete Edition. Unfortunately, this error is stopping them from playing the game entirely, although there does seem to be a temporary fix available.

Earlier this year, Rockstar Games launched the Complete Edition of GTA 4 and finally put Games for Windows Live out to pasture. Unsurprisingly, Rockstart elected to keep using the Rockstar Social Club for running the game, and now that game launcher is having some problems.

According to several user reports on both Reddit and the game's Steam Community, several players who have attempted to launch the game in the last couple of days have instead been met with a mysterious "Error Code 1001" that ultimately prevents GTA 4 from launching.

The game's been out for a while now and this seems to be a new problem, so it must be especially frustrating for people who just want to play the game they paid for. Thankfully, one user has reportedly talked to Rockstar Games — and there might be a temporary fix available.

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How do I fix the GTA 4 Error Code 1001?

While GTA 4 Error Code 1001 is certainly a frustrating problem, one user on Reddit reportedly contacted Rockstar and received a temporary fix for the problem:

The only known temporary fix for this issue, for now, is changing the system clock date back to a few days ago, or a month ago. You can temporarily take this step until further solutions have been given.

We can't say for sure what exactly is causing this problem; it may be some kind of error with license activation, Rockstar Games' servers, or something else entirely. In any case, several Redditors say that the above fix has worked out for them, so it may be worth giving it a try. Bear in mind, as always, that any such fixes are undertaken at your own risk.

If you don't yet own this game and you'd like to grab it despite these recent problems, you can buy GTA 4 on Steam for $19.99 or your regional equivalent.

Have you had a problem with GTA 4 Error Code 1001 stopping you from playing? What other problems have you had with the Rockstar Social Club? Let us know in the comments below!

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