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Xtools XToolkit installation error: Quick Fix

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Adobe Photoshop is one of the best photo editing software you can find on the planet. Frome removing background objects to adding entirely new elements to your photos, there’s pretty much nothing that Photoshop can’t do. 

This article talks about Xtools and any installation errors regarding the toolkit that might keep you from using Photoshop.

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What is Xtools?

The Xtools Xtoolkit is a group of software tools used to develop and maintain software. The package includes a set of libraries known as Xtoolkit, an IDE and a command-line interface.

Xtoolkit also forms the underlying framework for Photoshop, meaning any problems with the framework can cause Photoshop to not work. When you install Photoshop, Xtools is installed alongside, however, that’s not a guarantee that you’ll not run into any runtime errors like the one we’re talking about. 

How to fix the XToolkit installation error?

Here are four solutions you can take to fix the problem. 

Reregister the faulty DLL

Reregistering any missing DLLs can fix any dependency issues and is one of the fastest ways to get rid of the problem. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run prompt. Type cmd and hit enter.

Xtools XToolkit installation error: 4 Fixes

Step 2: Type the following command in the Command Prompt using the DLL file’s name you’re seeing in the error. 

regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Xtoolkit\bin\[dll name].dll

This will reregister the missing DLL file and should resolve the error right away.


Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason your PC might behave weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

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Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problems, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC and try again.

Repair Visual C++ Runtime

Repairing the Visual C++ Runtime library can fix any corrupt or damaged files triggering the error.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type appwiz.cpl and hit enter.

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Step 2: Find the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime (2012 and onwards), select them and click the Change button. Follow along with the instructions to repair the library.

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Once your computer restarts, try rerunning the program.

Rename Adobe folders

Another way to resolve this problem is to rename existing Adobe program folders on your PC and try to reinstall the problematic program. 

Step 1: Head over to C:\Program Files\Adobe\ or wherever you’ve installed Photoshop.

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Step 2: Find and rename the Photoshop folder. 

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Step 3: Rename the AdobePatchFiles folder. 

Step 4: Reinstall Photoshop. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: