Fortnite is one of the most popular games today, with an estimated 12 million+ monthly active players.
While its “free” price tag is obviously a big draw, one of the other aspects was its versatility across many different platforms.
If you are running the game on PS4, PC or Nintendo Switch, you can play it with millions of people around the world.
Unfortunately, the PC version of the system is prone to a number of common bugs; “Entry point not found” being one.
This error isn’t unique to Fortnite – it’s basically caused by Windows being unable to load a particular “DLL” file that is required to run an application. In the case of Fortnite, it can be several different DLLs.
If you want to fix the problem, the answer is to replace the Fortnite files. While you can “reinstall” the game to accomplish this, a much quicker and less intrusive way is to use the “Verify” system within the Epic Games launcher.
The cause of the problem is that your computer is unable to load a file required to run the Fortnite application.
Each “operating system” on personal computers uses a series of “libraries” to help applications work.
On Linux/Mac, these “libraries” are standardized (installed via a central repository).
On Windows, they are not, and are usually added to the system via “Dynamic Link Libraries” (DLL) files.
The problem you’re experiencing is a common one: whenever an application requires a particular DLL file and it can’t locate it, or can’t find the particular component within it to run the application, it will throw an error like the one you’re experiencing.
The solution is to ensure that all the required DLLs are present for the application in question. With Fortnite, this could be a lot; the solution is to let Epic Games’ own tools do the work.
The main solution is to ensure that your applications can access the files they need to run.
In the case of Fortnite, it means reinstalling the game or replacing the files it requires. The latter can be achieved using a tool within the system itself…
1. Delete the “Binaries” folder from Fortnite
Whenever you develop applications, the “binaries” folder is where all the “operational” files are kept.
For example, any “EXE” files your application may have are saved inside this folder.
Removing the “binaries” folder for Fortnite means you can load the “repair” install into the Epic Games launcher, which should resolve the issue you’re experiencing:
Open “Windows Explorer” (“File Explorer” if you use Windows 10)
Go to the following folder: C:Program FilesEpic GamesFortniteFortniteGame
Select the “Binaries” folder
Delete it (press “Delete” on the keyboard)
This should remove the files that load every time you try to load Fortnite.
2. Load the epic games launcher
The next step is to load the “Epic Games Launcher”…
This can be done by clicking on the desktop and clicking on its icon.
From the “launcher”, select the little “cog” icon next to the “Launch” button (green)
In the menu that loads, select “Verify”
This may take some time, and will basically resolve any major issues with Fortnite and its files.
Once it completes, try clicking “Start”
This should start the game and allow you to run it.
If it doesn’t work after doing this, you’ll need to continue with a reinstall (which takes longer and requires more space).
3. (IF it still doesn’t work) Reinstall the game
If the verification process does not work, you will need to reinstall the game.
To do this, you will need to follow the steps here:
In Windows 7, click “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Add or Remove Programs”
In Windows 10, right-click the “Start” button > select “Apps & Features”
From the lists shown (on both systems), scroll down to Fortnite and delete it
You may also want to remove Epic Games Launcher (if its icon appears)
After doing this, restart your computer and then go to the Fortnite website again – download a fresh copy of the installer and let it run.
Once installed, test to see if the game launches as expected.
If the above doesn’t work, you probably have some other problem with your system (usually Windows files or settings).
To resolve further issues, you need to first make sure that Windows is working properly, and then that there are no issues with other system dependencies. If you need help with this process, there are several free resources online, including “Epic Games Forum,” “SuperUser,” and “Microsoft Answers.” If you need even more support from here, you’ll probably be better off seeking a specialist opinion (which will likely incur a cost).