Download and Update to Latest Version of DirectX

February 27, 2010 | Filed under Windows


Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. Originally, the names of these APIs all began with Direct, such as Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectMusic, DirectPlay, DirectSound, and so forth. The name DirectX was coined as shorthand term for all of these APIs (the X standing in for the particular API names) and soon became the name of the collection. When Microsoft later set out to develop a gaming console, the X was used as the basis of the name Xbox to indicate that the console was based on DirectX technology. The X initial has been carried forward in the naming of APIs designed for the Xbox such as XInput and the Cross-platform Audio Creation Tool (XACT), while the DirectX pattern has been continued for Windows APIs such as Direct2D and DirectWrite.

With so many versions of Windows and DirectX together with its limitations, it is confusing to know which version of DirectX supports which version of Windows. An example is DirectX 11 for Vista and 7, DirectX 10 for Vista and Windows 2008, DirectX 9c for XP service pack 2. DirectX is very important if you are a gamer because it can give you faster gaming performance and also some cheats/hacks needs it or else it cannot run. So it is important to make sure that you always have the latest version of it. If you search in Microsoft’s download site, there are a lot of versions and you don’t want to end up downloading a 100+MB redistributable file that is not compatible for your Windows.

The easiest way is to just download a DirectX end-user runtime web installer which will automatically scan what version of DirectX you have and downloads only the necessary updates. It is faster, smaller and accurate in terms of getting the correct version of newest DirectX. However you must make sure that you have an active Internet connection when running the web setup file or else it will fail to download and update your DirectX.

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