Fix Rockstar Game Launcher Error Code 7002.1 with GTA 5 and RDR 2

The Rockstar Game Launcher error code 7002.1 can occur with either of Rockstar games – the GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Although, these are the two games where users encounter the error the most, it can happen with any other Rockstar game. There are a large number of things that can contribute to the error. Hence, we must try a bunch of things to resolve the error and get you in the game.

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Fix Rockstar Game Launcher & No Compatible Sound Card Error Code 7002.1

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Fix 1: Provide Admin Permission to Rockstar Launcher and Launch Game

If you have not provide the launcher or the game admin permission, you need to do it now. Games without admin permission don’t have the full rights to modify folders and perform certain essential operations, this can lead to errors. The process to provide the admin permission is straightforward. Go to the desktop shortcut of the program and right-click and select Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program as an administrator.  

Fix 2: Clean Boot the PC and Disable All Unnecessary Programs

More often than not, a program running in the background interferes with the functions of the game and leads to errors. This seems to be the case with the Rockstar Game Launcher error code 7002.1. As such you must perform a clean boot. Follow the below steps.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. Go to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services
  3. Click Disable all
  4. Go to the Startup tab
  5. Click on the Open Task Manager link in blue
  6. From the Startup tab in Task Manager, right-click on each program and click Disable
  7. Close the open Windows and restart the system.

Try launching the game the GTA 5 or Red Dead Redemption 2 error code 7002.1 should not appear.  

Fix 3: Set Exclusion for Rockstarlauncher.exe on Ransomware Protection

Windows Ransomware Protection is a program that protects the files and folders on your system from ransomware attacks. The program actively monitors the applications installed and running on your system. As such, it may potentially be blocking the connection to Rockstar servers due to some file signature issue. To resolve the error, allow gta5.exe or rdr2.exe through the Ransomware protection. Here are the steps.

  1. Press Windows Key + I and select Update & Security
  2. Go to Windows Security from the right panel
  3. Click on Virus & threat protection
  4. Scroll-down and under the Ransomware protection, click on Manage ransomware protection
  5. Click on Allow an app through Controlled folder access link
  6.  Select Yes when prompted
  7. Click on Add an allowed app
  8. Click on Recently blocked apps (You can check if Rockstarlauncher.exe  or the game executable such asgta5.exe or rdr2.exe is among the list and click on the plus sign next to the game or you could follow the next step)
  9. Click on Browse all apps
  10. Locate and select gtaV.exe or rdr2.exe.

Fix 4: Update the Game or Verify the Files

If you are running a different version of the game than that on the server, the Rockstar Game Launcher error code 7002.1 with GTA 5 and RDR 2 can arise, meaning, if you have not updated the game in a while.

The error can also occur when the game files are corrupted. The fix for this problem is simple, update the game through the Rockstar Games Launcher. The launcher also provides you the option to verify and correct corrupt files. So, try repairing the game.

Fix 5: For Users with Sound Card Problems and Error 7002.1

If you are still not aware, there are two types of error messages that come with the error code 7002.1. The first, “Game launcher error. Please try again later. Code:7002.1” and the other, “Unable to launch Red Dead Redemption 2. No compatible sound card was detected. Please check your sound card and driver, If you continue to have problems playing the game, please contact Rockstar Games Customer Service at Code:7002.1.”

As we were researching for the issue, we came across a post for people who have the error message with the sound card message. Several people on Reddit upvoted the suggested fix and confirmed it worked for them. Here is a screenshot of the solution.

Fix 6: Retry to Play

When you encounter the error message, a normal person will rush to forums and Google search, but don’t give up and relaunch the game. As soon as you click the X button to exit out of the error, relaunch the game. Sometimes, it may require multiple attempts. If that fails, restart the PC and try again multiple times. A lot of users on various forums confirm that the error code 149 as well as 7002.1 can be fixed my multiple attempts at playing the game. A user had to do it over 20 times before the game suddenly worked.

We hope the above fixes have resolved your error with both ROckstar Games. If you have a better solution, share them in comments.


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