How to Fix GFWL Login Problem

Nowadays there are a lot of new multiplayer games that use Games For Windows Live. Some of the games that include GFWL are GTA IV, Fallout 3, DoW2, etc. GFWL is a great way to connect with your friends online and play a good multiplayer game. But if you’re using a router then you may experience some problems which will not allow you to login. I was previously using an ordinary modem and it worked great. But after I got a new router I experienced login issues, I wasn’t able to log into my GFWL account. This was really annoying as I had purchased GTA IV mainly for online play.

I tried different things to fix the problem like uninstalling the game, resetting router, uninstalling kaspersky, etc but none of them worked. I even posted on GFWL forums and they said it was a router issue. I got fed up and reinstalled Vista and installed the game without installing any other softwares and to my surprise GFWL worked perfectly and I was able to play a multiplayer game. Then later again something went wrong and I wasn’t able to play. So here’s what I tired which fixed my problem.

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25 comments for “How to Fix GFWL Login Problem”

  • Nice blog post, a good read, i’ll be bookmarking this.

  • Thank you
    Would be pleased to see you visit again πŸ™‚

  • well, this isn’t my problem πŸ˜›
    i have another:
    error: q####### <–# =numbers…. xD
    there’s ANY list of number-error or something? πŸ˜›

  • well if it just happened today… then the servers are down for maintainence….

    Can you pleaes make a note of the number and paste it here….
    Maybe I can help you out.

  • George Oldham

    Thanks for the writeup. Unfortunately it didn’t solve my problem with the gfwl out of game program. I can connect with my laptop but not my desktop at the same location. It cites a connection error and says it can’t start the program, yet in game I can connect to gfwl. This has made adding DLC a rather intensive task.

  • I just hate GFWL. I will never buy games with GFWL. It’s just pure nonsense. I had tough time figuring out the problems in connection.
    Just try adding GFWl as an exception in your firewall/ defender

  • KaezakuRaiku

    Hello i got some problems, when i’m logging in, in Gears of War, it says something like:
    “Unable to connect to Games for Windows Live, please check your connection….”
    Or something like that.

  • KaezakuRaiku

    Please help!

  • I guess your NAT ports are not open. You need to open them first.

  • Balaji

    A big thanks for trying to help other mate πŸ™‚
    I followed everything as u said but nothing turned out for me πŸ™
    Can u please help me out : Am having the same error as U DO πŸ™
    btwn my email id & chat id :

  • Hi Balaji,

    Can you plz tell me which router you are using and your service provider. I’ll try to help you out.

  • Sorry For the late reply mate πŸ™
    Okay : My service provider is (AIRTEL ) INDIA & am using beetle 220bx1 i’ve opened all the ports & applied the firewall hot fixes it seems that the problem is solved to some EXTENT πŸ™‚
    but not able to log in πŸ™
    u see : after wat u told me do i was able to log in on the GFWL client but not in GTA4( the in-game GFWL) so i’ll really appreciate it if u help & sort me out πŸ™‚

    SOS : Dude, my previous error was ” The live service may be not available or there may be ************* ”
    & my new error is : Can’t Connect to LIVE
    Error Code : 0X80151911

  • Mate, any help please πŸ™

  • Hi Balaji,

    I guess the 220bx1 isn’t a router, it’s a modem. I’m also using AirTel and I have got a 450BX1 router.

    And, did you experience this error recently, or since the very beginning when you got the game?

  • Hi πŸ™‚
    To be honest , i previously was using BSNL net connection to play GTA 4 online via GFWL & i didn face any problems. & soon after when i changed my isp to Airtel & migrated the os from XP to WIN 7 64 BIT am facing a problem .

    Any help Mate ? πŸ™

  • Mate, Am eagerly waiting for ur Reply πŸ˜€

  • Is your computer connected via ethernet cable or wifi?

    Win7 is surely not the problem…
    I myself use Win7 and play GTA IV

    Well, I added u on GTALk.. will chat with you sometime…

  • Mate, thanks for adding, my computer is connected via Ethernet cable.

  • Jurjen

    Thank you so much! I was struggling for an hour with this problem! I was about to freak out. You really helped me out here.

  • simplepyro

    hey i keep getting the this msg everytime i try to connect to gfwl for fallout 3.

    Cant connect to live. You may be useing a windows live ID from a region that is not supported by live.

    now it used to work like 2-3 months back and now nothing…

  • JohnPaton

    LOOK! I have tried all of this, please do not ask me to check my firewall, my router, my port settings, my services, BIT, check my region. You wanna know the real kick??? It works JUST FINE on my HDD, but when I tried installing everything onto my SSD, windows live won’t work. SO TELL ME WHY I HAVE A 7.9 WEI RATED DRIVE THAT WON’T RUN GFWL. please help.

  • GFWL worked fine for Batman with the same account, on 2 computers, and now this won’t work for GTA4-EFLC on the same computer… No solution given above solved the issue, i still get the same message that has no use.

  • FriendInNeed

    Im getting the error with the “cant connect blabla using PPP connection” and ive tried everything here, i can log into the GFWL marketplace but when i try to connect while playing RE5 or FO3 it wont allow me…Β 

    Any suggestions if you are still reading this old blog thing =)

  • hrvoje37

    Not working,…. for me..

  • Then later again something went wrong and I wasn’t able to play. So here’s what I tired which fixed my problem.

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