Watch Dogs: How to Join and Create Multiplayer Lobbies

Shortest guide ever. Drumroll please.

  1. In the game press your mousewheel (standard) to join your smartphone.
  2. Choose the Online App (1st app in the 2nd row).
  3. Now you can choose between several different online modes such as:
    • Free game (1-8 players)
    • 1-on-1 modes (street race, hacking, observation)

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How to launch Watch Dogs with DirectX 10 (Images)

This guide was originally written by Andrew Dillon at the Steam Forums.

Not everyone has the funds to get the latest and greatest PC rig and software to run today’s modern games. This guide solves that problem and teach you how to force Watch Dogs to use the older DirectX 10 version, despite the touted “incompatibility.” Be sure to read the notes and FAQ that follow.

How to launch Watch Dogs with DirectX 10

  1. Depending on your windows, you can go to your start menu and type “dxcpl.exe”
  2. When the Direct X Properties opens, under the scope tab select “Edit List”
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  3. You want to go here – C:Program Files (x86)UbisoftUbisoft Game Launcher – and add all the exe files. (This just ensures that you got the right one, some don’t even use direct x and will be ignored)
  4. You now want to go here – C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonWatch_Dogsbin – and add the “watch_dogs.exe” file to the list. (This is the default install location, yours might be different if you use 2 HDD’s like mine in the pictures)
  5. Now close the list box and in the bottom box of the main windows where it says “Feature Level Limit” you need to select “11_1” (should be the highest)
  6. Select the checkbox that says “Force WARP” (This is what forces DX10 instead)
  7. Hit apply and run your game!


  • If you don’t have dxcpl.exe then you can install the Windows SDK for your version of windows and it will be included.
  • This is a tutorial on how to run the game on DX10, but that being said realistically if you have a DX10 video card odds are you’re going to have trouble no matter what playing this game unless you have a card that you paid a lot for back when DX10 was the latest and greatest.
  • If you decide to upgrade your video card in the future you will need to return to this tool and clear out the changes you made so that you don’t effect the performance of the game on your new card.

Q & A’s

Q: How do I know that this guide will work for me?

A: When you launch the game you will receive an error about needing DX11 Installed

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Q: I can’t find “dxcpl.exe” anywhere, I don’t think I have it, what can I do?

A: You will need to download your Windows SDK

Q: I got the game to load, but it is VERY slow.

A: Turn all display settings to their lowest.

Watch Dogs “Saturday Night Special” Achievement Guide: Weapons Trade Investigation

There are nine weapon boxes, and you unlock them on your map if you unlock all ctOS Towers. After you looted the 9th Tobias Frewer will call you (only if you progress in the story through the “One Foot in the Grave” mission (Mission 4 of Act 2) and you can play the Weapons Trade Investigation Mission.

What you will unlock: After finding 7/8 Weapons Stash you unlock the Spec Obs Goblin (4 Star, Burst-Fire Silenced Assault Rifle, 30 Bullets)


Watch Dogs “Revoking Client Privileges” Achievement Guide: Human Traffic Investigation

After Mission 2.12 the Human Traffic Investigation Missions can be played. There are eleven men to hunt down. You need to go to their locations, hack their phones, travel across town, hack the building security router and scan the briefcase.

What you will unlock: After hunting down the 10th guy you unlock the Magnate LE Car and the map will be updated and show you the last target (red)


Watch Dogs "Clear Signals" Achievement Guide: Unlock every ctOS Tower

There is one ctOS System at every district, when you hack the ctOS System all ctOS Towers are shown on the map (total of 13). Finding all of them will reveal all collectible locations on your map and earn you the Clear Signals Trophy/Achievement. All Towers are on rooftops, you need to climb and use the cameras to find the Security Boxes witch open the Doors to the ctOS

Note: Pawnee has only one ctOS Tower (but it won’t count this this Achievement), this Tower (and the Fast travel Point) will be unlock at Act 3.

What you will unlock: SMG-11 and the Amargosa Turbo (car)


Watch Dogs Achievement Guide: Collect all 8 Burner Phones (Sanity Check)

There are eight Burner Phones that you can find, you get the first one (1) when the Game starts (can’t be missed). (2-5) can be found if you unlock all ctOS Towers. But (6-8) are only shown on the map if you reached Act 3, but you can go there and get them anyway.

What you will unlock: After you collected the 7th recording you unlock the Vespid LE Car


Watch Dogs "Free Radical" Achievement Guide: Escape a Level 5 Police Chase

The best time to get the Achievement is at the last mission for Act 1: Dressed in Peels. There you start the Mission with four Stars, keep shooting police till your at Five. There are two easy ways to escape a 5-Star police chase. With the train or on the train tracks, the important thing is that you kill the chopper (you only need to kill the gunner), then you can just ride the train or drive on the train track away.


10 More Fixes for Watch Dogs (PC): APPCRASH, Stuttering, Crashes, D3DCOMPILER and ISDONE DLL Errors, Season Pass

This guest post guide was written by Samuel Anderson. This is an extension of our early fix guide and Top 8 fixes for Watch Dogs on the PC.

As usual every new PC game has its own set of problems. Although, the much anticipated Watch Dogs works just fine, still there is something to work with. But before we start, please, check whether your hardware fits the minimum system requirements of the game. Also check your PC for viruses, as even the least dangerous ones may prevent you graphics card from working properly.

1. Watch Dogs doesn’t start.

Re-install the game and check the cache through Steam:

  1. Put the game folder (steamapps/common) and paste anywhere else on your hard drive and give it a different name.
  2. Delete the contents of the game from your Steam profile.
  3. Put the game folder back to its original destination and rename it to “Watch_Dogs” again.
  4. Re-install the game at Steam. After this additional 1.2 Gbytes will appear in the game folder.

2. Watch Dogs crashes. APPCRASH error.

If you play on a laptop and you have  an AMD graphics card, then go to the Catalyst Control Center and select the Games tab. Disable the “AMD Radeon Dual Graphics” function.

3. Watch Dogs runs slowly.

  • Try fixing the configuration file in “Documents/My Games/Watch Dogs/”.
  • Open GamerProfile.xml file in notepad and find DeferredFxQuality=”console”.
  • Replace the “console” with “PC”.
  • Update your graphics card drivers.

4. Watch Dogs crashes while playing.

Update DirectX and graphics card drivers. The best way to do this is to get the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer (contains DirectX 11 bundle). Disable V-sync in graphics settings of the game.

5. When the game starts “blue screen of death” appears and PC restarts.

  1. The problem here lies in your graphics card drivers. Again, make sure they are updated.
  2. Then right-click on the “My Computer” shortcut – select “Properties” – “Advanced System Settings”.
  3. Select the Advanced tab – “Startup and Recovery”.
  4. Here you need to select Settings and uncheck “Restart automatically”.

6. Watch Dogs crashes. 0xc000007b error.

Re-install software: DirectX, drivers, Microsoft Visual C + +, Microsoft NET Framework.

7. D3DCOMPILER_43.DLL error.

Re-installing DirectX drivers should fix this.

8. ISDONE.DLL error

There are a few solutions to this error.

  • Google and download the “isdone.dll” file and replace it in “C:WindowsSystem32” for 32-bit systems and “C:WindowsSysWOW64” for 64-bit systems accordingly. But save the original file somewhere, just in case.
  • Open the “Start” menu and type “cmd” in the search and press Enter. In the command line type “regsvr32 isdone.dll” and press Enter.
  • Update your DirectX drivers.

9. Steam says that Watch Dogs isn’t out yet.

Restart Steam and check your regional settings.

10. Unable to download Season Pass content.

Make sure that the key was activated through UPlay.

The majority of players confirm that Watch Dogs is stable, but some of them still faced adversity. Since the game was postponed for such a long time just to make it better, it would be natural to assume that all the possible bugs were eliminated. Unfortunately, this is not the case and no surprise, really. As usual, most of these crashes are associated with graphics hardware, and all the different systems and configurations will give PC developers headaches for a long time. Today we tried to fix at least a few larger bugs but if you can’t find the solution in the list above, please, describe your problem in the comments section. We will do our best to help you out.

The Top 8 Fixes for Watch Dogs Blue Screen Crashes, Unable to Start, DX11 Errors, Mouse Acceleration, Controller Lag, No Sound, Vista Required

Tired of people telling you to just update your drivers if you can’t run Watch Dogs? Here are the Top 8 specific fixes for Watch Dogs crashes, errors, lagging, no sound, and more.

1. Watch Dogs Blue Screen Crash

Let’s start with the peskiest issue — the blue screen crash. This is sometimes followed by the error code 0xa0000001.

  • The simplest fix reported was unplugging your gamepad, starting the game, and re-plugging the gamepad. Try this first.
  • Second, disable SLI or crossfire on your graphics cards and try running the game.
  • Next up, make sure you meet the system requirements. We posted this guide to help you check this as conveniently as possible.
  • Finally, make sure your drivers are updated.

Sometimes the simplest solutions solve the peskiest crashes, but if these didn’t cut it, be sure to check our guide called 8 Early Fixes for Watch Dogs.

2. Watch Dogs crashes with the error “The application was unable to start correctly (0x000007b)”

This Watch Dogs error message may occur on 64 bit operating systems when the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package is not properly configured.

You can find below the procedure for replacing the corrupted /misconfigured Windows files which should solve the issue you are dealing with:

  1. Click here to download the archive and decompress it to reveal the correct Windows files. The archived contains 5 files: mfc100.dll, mfc100u.dll, msvcr100.dll, msvcp100.dll and msvcr100_clr0400.dll
  2. Please save these files to any location on your PC;
  3. Please reboot your computer in Safe Mode
  4. Access C:WindowsSystem32;
  5. Locate the 5 files you have downloaded and extracted;
  6. Next, copy all those files to C:WindowsSystem32 replacing the current ones;
  7. Reboot your computer

3. Remove Mouse Acceleration

Hate mouse acceleration? You can remove it by going to C:Usersyour usernameDocumentsMy GamesWatch_Dogsfolder and open ‘GamerProfile.xml’. Find and set the following parameters:

  • ‘Sensitivity’ – set this from 0 to 1.
  • ‘UseMouseSmooth – set this from 1 to 0.
  • ‘Smoothness’ – set this from 1 to 0.

Voila, mouse acceleration is gone.

4. Watch Dogs DirectX 11 Error

Two things you need to do:

  • Update your drivers
  • Install the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer browser

5. Controller lag when driving or turning

Go to the display options and set ‘Max Pre-rendered frames’ to 1. This should fix it.

6. Watch Dogs Has Stopped Working

Again, just two things you need to do:

  • Disable UPlay overlay
  • You might have installed Uplay in C:/Program Files (x64). Uninstall it, and reinstall it in C:Program Files instead.

7. Watch Dogs has no audio

First of all, update your sound card drivers. If doing that doesn’t clear up the problem, make sure you have volume set to max for Watch Dogs in the volume mixer (click on the little speaker icon in the bottom-right of your screen in the system tray). If you’re in-game, just alt+tab out of the game and check if Watch Dogs is set to max in the volume mixer.

Another tip you could try is to go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications Tab then select the “Do Nothing” radio button to permanently fix this issue.

8. Watch Dogs crashes with the message, “Windows Vista SP1 or better required”

Find the Watch Dogs exe file in your installation player, right-click it select properties Properties > Compatibility > Windows Vista SP1. Watch Dogs should run now.

Update: Still can’t find your fix? Try this feature post by Samuel Anderson on 10 More Fixes for Watch Dogs on the PC.

While this is the most comprehensive guide we can produce at launch day, we look forward to your contributions on how to fix other crashes and errors you may find in Watch Dogs. We highly encourage you to engage in the comments section below.