How To Find The Version Of DirectX Installed In Windows



My 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.


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 games 

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