DirectX: Process Error. Cannot Find the Specified Path

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When you install Microsoft DirectX, you may receive the following English error message in a foreign language, such as Korean or Japanese:
Process Full Path Name create error. Problem: Cannot find the specified path.
This behavior can occur if one of the following conditions is true:
  • You are attempting to install DirectX on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) or Microsoft Windows 2000.
  • Your computer logon name contains Unicode characters.
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:

Extract the Setup Files Manually

To extract the Setup files manually:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In Windows 2000, type cmd, and then click OK.

    In Windows Me, type command, and then click OK.
  3. Type cd\directory, where directory is the path of the directory in which the DirectX setup file is located.
  4. Run the program using the following parameters /C /T: C:\DXTEMP. For example, if you use the Korean version of DirectX, type:
    dx80kor.exe /c /t: c:\dxtemp
  5. Type cd\dxtemp, and then press ENTER.
  6. Type dxsetup.exe, and then press ENTER.
  7. Delete the DXTEMP directory after DirectX is installed.

Change Your Logon Name

Change your logon name so that it does not contain any Unicode characters.

NOTE: In Windows 2000, you need to create a new user, add that user to the Administrators group, and then login as that user.
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Article ID: 290900 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 14:12:00 - Revision: 3.0

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