How To Find The Version Of DirectX Installed In Windows

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msdirectxlogo.pngMy son wants to install an older version of Sims Town on his new Windows PC and the setup program is asking me if I want to install DirectX or abort the install if I already have DirectX installed. I don't even know what DirectX is let alone WHERE to find the version information. How can I find what version is installed on my PC?

Fortunately for you and your son, DirectX is installed and there is an easy way to check the version.

  • Click Start
  • On XP Click Run and type dxdiag.exe
  • On Vista type dxdiag.exe in the search box and click on dcdiag.exe in the search results

NOTE: If Windows cannot find the dxdiag program, an earlier version of DirectX may be installed and should be upgraded to the latest version.

  • On the System tab, note the version of DirectX displayed on the DirectX Version line.

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What is DirectX?

In a nutshell, DirectX is a Windows technology that enables higher performance in graphics and sound when you're playing games or watching video on your Windows Computer.

Basically it's what makes us go WOW when playing gamesĀ 

Comments on How To Find The Version Of DirectX Installed In Windows Leave a Comment

November 27, 2008

john ervin @ 9:37 am #

thank you , because I always want to know how to find but it is you are ready to help for any way thankz !!!!!1

April 1, 2010

jason @ 4:35 pm #

um i cant find it and when i try to dl direct it keep saying that i already have directx and when i look for it i cant find it help plz!!!

June 8, 2010

Marko @ 4:56 pm #

dxdial does not work for me!!!!!

June 18, 2010

John @ 4:25 pm #

@Marko: Try "dxdiag" instead of "dxdial" might have better results. Otherwise Note the Note above: NOTE: If Windows cannot find the dxdiag program, an earlier version of DirectX may be installed and should be upgraded to the latest version.

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