Skyrim refuses to launch.


Jan 27, 2012
Hello, I've been trying to fix this problem for months, and nothing has worked. I have tried the "audio to 41k" fix, the "run as administrator" fix, I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, and "verifying integrity of game cache" on steam.

Every time I click Play on the launcher, it acts as though the game is launching (in that the launcher closes and steam updates my status to "in game") but then nothing happens.

When I try to play the game directly from the TESV.exe file, I get an error message saying "C:\Windows\system32\XINPUT1_3.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support."

What does this mean and what do I need to do to get Skyrim running?