How to upgrade DirectX?

Julia Chmykhalo
Julia Chmykhalo
January 15, 2013
How to upgrade DirectX?

DirectX is a "direct" set of APIs that was designed to enhance the capabilities of developing applications for Microsoft Windows. Most often it is used in applications for working with computer graphics and video games. Often, manufacturers supply the latest versions of libraries on games CDs, so that users can use their software without thinking about how to upgrade DirectX.

Virtually all parts of these APIs are sets of objects compatible with COM technology. Starting with Windows Vista, DirectX technology has become embedded in the operating system. While in earlier versions of this OS it is possible to install it as a separate library package. This technology allows you to speed up multimedia processing and play games with higher quality graphics.

Each new update of this application makes changes that increase the overall security of the PC and improve the display of three-dimensional graphics. It should be updated only in cases where:

  • Update Center offers a new version,
  • An installed application requires a newer version of DirectX.

Users of Windows 7, how to update DirectX, can find out in the Microsoft Update center, which will automatically perform all the necessary actions in the presence of the Internet. In the same way, owners of computers with Windows XP can take advantage of how to upgrade DirectX, which is not known. The minimum requirement for a computer is one of the following operating systems: Windows XP with a service pack of at least 3, Windows Server 2003 with a service pack of at least 1, Windows Vista and Windows 7 of any configuration.

If there is no Internet, or you, for some reason, cannot use Microsoft Update, then follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the update download page: "".
  2. Click on the "Download" button, which is located in the upper right corner of this page.
  3. Next, select the option "Open" in the dialog box.

Now answer all questions of the installer, and as a result, the new version of DirectX will be installed.

This package is intended only for those situations if you need to reinstall the basic module of the application as a result of any error, or if you need to update without using the Internet.

If you want to know how to update DirectX 11, use the help in Windows Update, or update it from the distribution package of the application that requires this version of libraries.Directx 11 is a built-in subsystem of Windows 7 and is not designed for earlier versions of the OS. She uses the specific functions of the new operating system.