The release of the most popular horror shooter DOOM 4 made a splash among gamers. On May 13, 2016, the world saw the long-awaited premiere. But unfortunately for some fans, critical errors began to appear in the game, leading to a crash and displaying a pop-up window with technical information ‘file vulkan-1.dll was not found’.

The game could also not start as a result. Downloading and installing the Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files is an ideal way to sort this error. Visit to download the Vulkan-1.dll file. Other games that use Vulkan API include Wolfenstein II and The New Colossus. Let’s find out how to fix Vulkan-1.dll.

Causes and Solutions

The error text is of a standard nature – “The program cannot be started because Vulkan-1.dll is missing on the computer. Try reinstalling the program.” As you can see from this notice, the operating system cannot access the specified file, making it impossible to further launch the selected game, which is not only “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus”, but also “DOOM.”

The specified component is part of the “API Vulkan” – a cross-platform API based on “AMD” technologies and allows you to improve qualitative performance indicators, including by reducing the load on the processor. Based on the preceding, several conclusions can be drawn regarding the causes of the error in question:

  • The requested component was damaged as a result of updating/rolling back video card drivers.
  • “Vulkan-1.dll” was recognized by the antivirus as a malicious object and moved to quarantine.
  • The dynamic link library file was damaged during the installation of the game.
  • The component was initially missing from the downloaded “repack.”

As you can see, the reasons described are already familiar for such errors. Therefore, the options for solving it are also simple.

How to Fix

Considering the fact that this software was released in 2016 (announced in 2015), there are still some models of video cards that do not support the Vulkan API. Therefore, the first thing to do is to check the compatibility of your hardware. To do this, visit the official website of the developers and find the model of your video card among the list provided. After you are convinced of the support of the used computer components, you can proceed directly to the solution of the error:

  1.  Visit the official website of your graphics card developers and download the latest driver or use specialized tools such as NVIDIA GeForce Experience or a similar utility from AMD.
  2. Check the activity of your antivirus for possible blocking of the component in question.