How to fix Genshin Impact ‘failed to replace files’ error

Time to get back in the game.

Genshin Impact is one of the most popular free-to-play games that falls under the gacha style genre. The game is known for its impressive graphics and is played by millions of people worldwide. However, players may run into technical issues such as the "Failed to Replace Files" error when launching the game on their PC.

If you're a PC player running into the "Genshin Impact Failed to Replace Files" error while trying to launch the game, don't worry - there are a few things you can try to fix it.

Fixing the Genshin Impact 'failed to replace files' error

Here's what you can do:

  1. Run the launcher as an admin.
    • Right-click on the Genshin Impact launcher icon on your desktop.
    • Select Run as administrator.
    • Once the launcher has launched, click Update to see if the error has been resolved.
  2. Delete vcruntime140.dll.
    • Head to the path mentioned in the error prompt.
      • It should look something like C:/Program Files/Genshin Impact/updateProgram/updateData.
    • Delete the vcruntime140.dll file.
    • Try launching the game again to see if the error has been fixed.
  3. Install the Visual C++ Redistributable package.
    • Right-click on the Genshin Impact launcher icon on your desktop.
    • Select Open file location.
    • Find the "vc_redist.x64" file and run it.
    • Click Agree to begin the installation process.
    • Restart your PC.
  4. Uninstalling and reinstalling Visual C++ Redistributable package.
    • Head over to Windows Settings.
    • Select Add or Remove program.
    • Uninstall then reinstall it using the same steps mentioned above.

With any luck, one of these methods will work for you and you won't need to reinstall the game. While Genshin Impact's updating process could definitely be improved, hopefully, these tips will help you get back to playing the game without any issues. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below.

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