How To Fix DirectX Errors?

How To Easily Fix DirectX Errors On Windows 10?

Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. Its first appearance was on Windows 95 and now it would be hard to find a game that does not use DirectX on Windows.

In order to create programs that use DirectX, software developers must use the DirectX software development kit, available from Microsoft. The DirectX software development kit (SDK) consists of runtime libraries in redistributable binary form, along with accompanying documentation and headers for use in coding. Originally, the runtimes were only installed by games or explicitly by the user. This software development kit is available to download for free.

Early versions of Windows operating systems (XP and earlier) had multiple versions of DirectX that had to be installed separately. Later versions of Windows included DirectX with some of them having the ability to be upgraded. Latest DirectX version for Windows 10 is DirectX 12.

So, as you may already know, DirectX is an important part of Windows operating system and it is neccessary to many hypermedia programs and applications. Sometimes users having various problems like DirectX errors on their computers and if you are reading this article, then most probably you are one of them. If you are having DirectX errors on your computer, then read the article below and you will find several methods how you can fix these DirectX errors quite easily.

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Reinstall Your Video Drivers

A graphics (video) driver is the software that allows your operating system and programs to use your computer graphics hardware. Updated graphics drivers are important and often deliver better performance. Driver updates typically provide bug fixes and compatibility with newer software.

In some cases simply reinstalling the video drivers helps to fix DirectX errors. To reinstall your video drivers you need to uninstall them first. To do so, go to Device Manager (type "device manager" in Search and open it). Expand your video hardware device section, select your driver and right-click on it, then choose "Uninstall device".

reinstall your video drivers step 1

Make sure that the "Delete the driver software for this device" checkbox is marked when uninstalling the device. Now the drivers will be uninstalled.

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To install them back you need to restart your computer and Windows will automatically install the missing drivers for you.

If you are sill getting DirectX errors after you reinstalled the video drivers then try to update them as well. You can update your drivers manually but you will need a computer with a working internet connection or to have your drivers in USB drive. Go to your device manufacturer website and download the latest driver for your graphics card, copy that driver into your USB drive. Go to Device Manager (type "device manager" in Search and open it). Expand your video hardware device section, select your driver and right-click on it, then choose "Update Driver".

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Or you can update your drivers automatically with Snappy Driver Installer. You will need a computer with a working internet connection in order to download it.

Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware like sound devices, video cards, network adapters etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers and it separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so it would be easier to distinguish them from the rest. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here.

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Install Earlier Version Of DirectX

Various releases of Windows have included and supported various versions of DirectX, allowing newer versions of the operating system to continue running applications designed for earlier versions of DirectX until those versions can be gradually phased out in favor of newer APIs, drivers, and hardware. If you are having DirectX errors try installing previous DirectX version on your computer. Since some applications require older versions of DirectX to run properly, installing previous version of it might help you to fix the errors. Click on this link to download the installer. After you finished installing it, restart your computer and see if you are still having DirectX errors on your computer.

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Download Visual C++ Redistributables Package

Visual C++ Redistributable Packages install runtime components of Visual C++ Libraries on a computer that does not have Visual C++ installed. Many applications require redistributable Visual C++ packages to function correctly. These packages are often installed independently of applications, allowing multiple applications to make use of the package while only having to install it once. Sometimes installing these packages helps to fix the DirectX errors, so you might want to try this one out as well. Go to this website and download the Visual C++ Redistributable.

Make sure that you download the right version of the Visual C++ Redistributable file. If you are not sure which one to download and to install, find out whether you are using 32-bit or 64-bit system type by reading this article

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Use DirectX Diagnostic Tool

The DirectX Diagnostic Tool is a tool designed to help you troubleshoot issues related to DirectX. To start this diagnostic tool type "run" in Search and open Run. In Run dialog box type "dxdiag" and press Enter on your keyboard or click "OK".

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In open DirectX Diagnostic Tool you will see four tabs: System, Display, Sound and Input.

The "System" tab provides system information about your computer and specifies the version of DirectX that is installed on your computer.

The "Display" tab provides information about your graphics adapter and monitor. It also shows information about your graphics drivers and which DirectX features are enabled

The "Sound" tab of the diagnostic tool provides the information about the sound hardware, drivers, and output devices in use on your system.

The "Input" tab lists the input devices connected to your computer and the input drivers installed on your computer.

There could be more tabs, it depends on your system. If the DirectX Diagnostic Tool detects a problem it will show you a warning message displayed in the "Notes" box at the bottom of the window on every tab (except the "System" tab).

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The DirectX Diagnostic Tool offers you a quick way to ensure that DirectX is properly installed and running and to see information about devices and drivers on your system that are related to multimedia and video. Check if there any problems with the DirectX on your Windows using this tool. The tool also provides an easy way to save that information to your computer.

We hope that at least one of the described solutions helped you to fix the DirectX errors on your Windows 10 computer and now you are able to use your computer without any DirectX-related problems.

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