Fortnite is one of the most popular games today, with an estimated 12+ million monthly active players.
While its “free” price is obviously a major 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 several common errors; “Entry point not found” is one.
This error is not unique to Fortnite, it is basically due to 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 faster and less intrusive way is to use the “Verify” system within the Epic Games launcher.
The cause of the problem is that your computer cannot load a file required to run the Fortnite application.
Each personal computer “operating system” uses a series of “libraries” to help make applications work.
On Linux / Mac, these “libraries” are standardized (installed through a central repository).
On Windows, they are not, and are generally added to the system through “Dynamic Link Libraries” (DLL) files.
The problem you are experiencing is a common one – whenever an application requires a particular DLL file and cannot locate it, or cannot find the particular component within it to run the application, it will throw an error like the one you are experiencing.
The solution is to ensure that all required DLLs are present for the application in question. With Fortnite, these 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 in this folder.
Deleting the “binaries” folder from Fortnite means that you can load the “repair” feature in the Epic Games launcher, which should solve the problem you are experiencing:
Open “Windows Explorer” (“File Explorer” if you use Windows 10)
Look for the following folder: C: Program Files Epic Games Fortnite FortniteGame
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 its icon.
From the “launcher” select the little “gear” icon next to the “Start” button (green)
In the menu that loads, select “Verify”
This can take some time, and will basically solve any of the 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 will need to proceed with a reinstall (which takes longer and requires more space).
3. (IF still not working) Reinstall the game
If the verification process doesn’t work, you’ll 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 and 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 starts as expected.
If the above doesn’t work, it probably means you have some other problem with your system (usually with your files or Windows settings).
To resolve further problems, you must first make sure that Windows is running properly and then that there are no problems with other system dependencies. If you need assistance with this process, there are a number of free resources online, including “Epic Games Forum,” “SuperUser,” and “Microsoft Answers.” If you need even more help from here, you’d better seek the opinion of a specialist (which will likely incur a cost).