How to install the latest version of DirectX
Microsoft DirectX is included as an integral part in Windows operating systems. You can update DirectX by applying the latest service pack or other updates through Windows Update.
Install the latest version of DirectX through Windows Update
To check your DirectX version, see How to check which version of DirectX is installed.
To check the latest DirectX version that you can install on your operating system, see List of the latest DirectX versions and their supported operating systems.
You can also manually download and apply the following update package that updates DirectX to the latest version.
Manual installation the latest version of DirectX
- DirectX 11.3 and DirectX 12.0 are included in Windows 10.
Note There is no stand-alone update package for DirectX 11.3 or DirectX 12.0.
- DirectX 11.2 is included in Windows 8.1, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Note There is no stand-alone update package for DirectX 11.2. You can only install this DirectX version through Windows Update in Windows 8.1, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012 R2.
- DirectX 11.1 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:
- DirectX 11.0 for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2:
- DirectX 9.0c for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Some applications and games require DirectX 9. However, your computer includes a more recent version of DirectX. If you install and then run an application or game that requires DirectX 9, you might receive an error message such as "The program can't start because d3dx9_35.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."
Install DirectX End-User Runtime if your application or game requires an earlier version of DirectX
To resolve this issue, go to the following Microsoft website to install DirectX End-User Runtime: Note When you run this package, no change is made to your version of DirectX, Direct3D 9, Direct3D 10.x, Direct3D 11.x, DirectInput, DirectSound, DirectPlay, DirectShow, or DirectMusic.
List of file failures that the DirectX End-User Runtime package fixes
If you experience issues in which an application fails because any of the following files are missing, you may be able to resolve the failure by running the DirectX run-time package:
- D3DX9_24.DLL through D3DX9_43.DLL
- D3DX10.DLL through D3DX10_43.DLL
- D3DCompiler_33.DLL through D3DCompiler_43.DLL
- XACTENGINE2_0.DLL through XACTENGINE2_9.DLL
- XACTENGINE3_0.DLL through XACTENGINE3_7.DLL
- XAPOFX1_0.DLL through XAPOFX1_5.DLL
- X3DAUDIO1_0.DLL through X3DAUDIO1_7.DLL
The following table lists the latest DirectX version that you can install on an operating system.
List of the latest DirectX versions and their supported operating systems
|Supported operating systems||Latest DirectX versions|
|Windows 10 (November 2015) and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview||DirectX 11.4|
|Windows 10||DirectX 11.3|
|Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2||DirectX 11.2|
|Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012|
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 together with update 2670838 installed
|Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2|
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 SP2 together with update 971644 or 971512 installed
|Windows Vista SP1 or later, and Windows Server 2008 or later||DirectX 10.1|
|Windows Vista||DirectX 10.0|
|Windows XP SP2 or later|
Windows XP x64 Edition SP1 or later, and Windows Server 2003 SP1 or later
To check which version of DirectX is on your computer, follow these steps:
How to check which version of DirectX is installed
- Open DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
Windows 8.1 or Windows 8Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.) Type dxdiag in the search box, and then tap on click dxdiag.exe.
Windows 7 or Windows VistaClick the Start button, type dxdiag in the search box, and then press Enter.
Windows XPClick the Start button, and then click Run. Type dxdiag in the Run box, and then press Enter.
- Click the System tab, and then, under System Information, check the DirectX version number.
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Article ID: 179113 - Last Review: 04/06/2016 06:00:00 - Revision: 28.0
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