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This quick guide will show you how to fix the "The Rockstar update service is unavailable (code 2)" error.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Social Club Error Code 2 Fix

This quick guide will show you how to fix the "The Rockstar update service is unavailable (code 2)" error.
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Are you experiencing an error code 2 in the Grand Theft Auto 5 launcher? If so the fix for me was simple. I did this on Windows 7 64-bit, but it will also work on 32-bit and Windows 8/8.1. My copy of the game was purchased via Steam, but this should work for non-Steam version.

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You will, unfortunately, need to reinstall the game. Simply moving the game does not work.

The Steps

  1. Navigate to your “Documents,” find and open the “Rockstar Games” folder.
  2. You will need to delete the folders “GTAV” and “Social Club” (if these are the only two folders here, delete the whole “Rockstar Games” folder).
  3. Uninstall Grand Theft Auto V, then navigate to where you had it installed to ensure the game has gone. If you can still find a folder called “Grand Theft Auto V” delete this.
  4. Now reinstall the game to your C drive. I have found that the error is caused due to the game being installed onto another drive. This is causing a communication error between the Social Club and GTA 5 for some reason.

I hope this works for you, and that you have enough room on your C drive. Please let me know the outcome!

If this does not work for you, make sure to create a ticket with Rockstar Support. The more people who report an issue, the more Rockstar will listen.

If you are having other issues with GTA 5 on the PC be sure to check out our other game-fix guides.

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