DirectX download: How to update or install DirectX on Windows

Microsoft DirectX is a suite of technologies developed by Microsoft to provide hardware acceleration for heavy multimedia applications such as 3D games and HD videos. Starting with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft introduced DirectX 11. Windows 10 has DirectX 12 installed.

To confirm and check which version of DirectX you have installed on your computer, this is what you will need to do on your Windows 8 computer! Go to Start Screen, type dxdiag and hit Enter. Under the System tab, you will see the DirectX version installed on your computer.

DirectX 11 download

DirectX download

Although DirectX is included as an integral part of the Windows operating systems, if you feel the need to update it, you can update DirectX via Windows Update by applying the latest service pack or platform update – or you download and install it directly.

1. You could use the Windows Update to update your DirectX to the latest available version. Apply the latest service pack or platform update which may be offered to your system. You can also manually download and apply the update package that updates DirectX to the latest version for your operating system. You can more information on this at KB179113.

2. You can search for DirectX from the Microsoft Download Center. The DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer will install the DirectX files your computer is missing.  Once you have downloaded and run the web installer, you will be required to restart your system.

DirectX 11 is supported in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. DirectX 11.1 is supported in Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012. Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 will support and come installed with DirectX 11.2.

If you think you are facing problems with your DirectX installation or finding it difficult in getting a game or movie to play properly on your Windows PC, you might want to run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • gogo

    offline installer link

  • Arun MR Nair
  • pissed off mofo

    This post is fucking useless. Anyone with half a brain and working fingers will know how to update directx. My problem is with download it on a pc that didn’t come with it

  • Fenrisfil

    Would quite like to know how to reinstall it in Windows 7 to fix the various directx issues that crop up with games. It won’t update if you have the latest version and uninstalling seems like a bad plan. All the info I can find is for older DX or older Windows versions and nothing works.

  • Paris Monet

    Can I download a separate update for other PC? like offline?

  • memo

    I HAVE directx 10 can i get 11

  • Arnel

    i cant play my games becuz Directx11 how to DOWNLOAD HIM ?

  • Bunmi Olatunde McJoe

    Before formatting my system, i played various games on like mass effect 2 after loading the window again (win7, 64bit), I’ve been getting error massage and I want to download DirectX 11

  • Neil Delport

    People we need offline dx installers not everyone has internet WTF!!!!

  • AiRkRiM NS

    where do u download it

  • Cjay

    help im windows 10 PRO but my DirectX is version 9
    plz help

  • Cjay

    and im sure that i upgrade to windows 10 safely no viruse legal or fake plz help

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