DirectX for Windows 9.29.1974 Fileforum Pick

3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 (161 votes)

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Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP / Freeware / 113,564 downloads

Microsoft DirectX is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio. It includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX APIs.

This is the DirectX Web install.

Reviews of DirectX for Windows

  1. 1 out of 5 stars
    SEABOY101

    Reviewing 9.29.1974 (Apr 20, 2011)

    I'm Anti-BAR so NOOOO

  2. 2 out of 5 stars
    niknetpc

    Reviewing 9.29.1974 (Apr 20, 2011)

    It's Bing toolbar installer for now,nothing more..no changes for DirectX

  3. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 9.29.1973 (Dec 1, 2010)

    Somewhat confused as to what exactly is on offer here. Does anyone know as it's changed from yesterday.BTW I hate with a vengeance the Bing toolbar, or any toolbar to be honest.

  4. 2 out of 5 stars
    nvic

    Reviewing 9.29.1973 (Dec 1, 2010)

    Only enhancement here: added bloatware. I'll pass.

    I wonder how long before .NET starts packing a toolbar...

  5. 1 out of 5 stars
    cekicen

    Reviewing 9.29.1973 (Dec 1, 2010)

    bing bar, no thanks.

  6. 1 out of 5 stars
    Young Strider

    Reviewing 9.29.1973 (Dec 1, 2010)

    LOL!

  7. 1 out of 5 stars
    CobraPL

    Reviewing 9.29.1973 (Dec 1, 2010)

    No files to update (since DX Jun2010). But Bing bar is there !

  8. 2 out of 5 stars
    Sorb

    Reviewing 9.29.1973 (Dec 1, 2010)

    Eeeew, this now comes with Bing Bar. Yuck! It looks like that is the only "improvement". Thanks Microsoft but NO THANKS.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    DarkRats

    Reviewing August 2008 (9.24.1400) (Aug 11, 2008)

    Only the Web Installer is currently available. People keep posting links to older versions, like the June/08 one, or the Aug/07, or even the Feb/08 version. The full installation files may take up to a week or so to show up at MS.

  10. 5 out of 5 stars
    Cris3

    Reviewing February 2007 (Mar 10, 2008)

    It's been a year since the last reviews and things have improved.

  11. 1 out of 5 stars
    pforbes

    Reviewing February 2007 (Jul 29, 2007)

    Wrong entry. Please disregard. Thanks.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars
    slickandy

    Reviewing February 2007 (Feb 6, 2007)

    If you're having problems with WGA, try getting the full install (44MB) from here: http://www.microsoft.com...A050&displaylang=en

  13. 1 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing February 2007 (Feb 5, 2007)

    Oh that's hilarious. When I try to download this, Microsoft tells me my copy of Windows isn't valid. Silly Microsoft, I already paid you fools!

  14. 3 out of 5 stars
    Shrekmachine

    Reviewing January 2007 (Jan 9, 2007)

    @c4p0ne You use it for 15 years now and you never paid? No admiring from my side!
    If you use it, pay for it! Or go for free alternatives. *Shaking head*

  15. 2 out of 5 stars
    c4p0ne

    Reviewing January 2007 (Jan 8, 2007)

    It's still version 9. DirecX 10 IS NOT planned to EVER be released on Windows XP based systems due to the vicious nature of Microsoft planning to try and STRONG ARM you into purchasing Windows Vista. Those silicon wankers can strong-arm my balls since I'll never pay for an MS OS (going on strong 15+ years now without giving a single cent, ever!) :) :)

    Anyway, just a standard update this is. Play latest games, bug fixes, etc.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars
    busaman195

    Reviewing January 2007 (Jan 8, 2007)

    This is just the web update for the DEC2006 release.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars
    guti

    Reviewing January 2007 (Jan 8, 2007)

    Is that DX 9.0c, or 10.0?

  18. 3 out of 5 stars
    RejZoR

    Reviewing August 2006 (Aug 4, 2006)

    Well it's still saying that i'm up to date even though i'm not.

  19. 4 out of 5 stars
    dzjepp

    Reviewing August 2006 (Aug 4, 2006)

    Try this: http://download.microsof...4/directx_9c_redist.exe

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    juhani

    Reviewing August 2006 (Aug 4, 2006)

    Is there a changelog or anything to this?

  21. 5 out of 5 stars
    bourgeoisdude

    Reviewing August 2006 (Aug 4, 2006)

    Thats because the URL as of this moment is pointing to the wrong link. Download the "latest" one from here: http://www.microsoft.com...92A3&displaylang=en

  22. 3 out of 5 stars
    jitgos

    Reviewing August 2006 (Aug 4, 2006)

    It says a newer version has been found on my computer already and that no installation is necessary.

  23. 5 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing August 2006 (Aug 4, 2006)

    weird... this claims I already have the latest.

    edit: bourgeoisdude, I get the same results with that link.

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    bourgeoisdude

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 9, 2006)

    Note: as of April 7, 2006, the latest directx is updated and can be found at http://www.microsoft.com...92A3&displaylang=en.

  25. 5 out of 5 stars
    Don Juan

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 8, 2006)

    I don't see whats wrong with rating every update. Some versions are total garbage, some are 5 star. People like to know if the new versions are garbage or not before they download.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars
    SamppaX

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 8, 2006)

    LoL.. =D

    People, If you rate every update. You don't rate the actual program...

    Without this. Windows is like a bird without wings.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 8, 2006)

    No issues.

  28. 4 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 8, 2006)

    The December 2005 release added the ability for .NET programmers to take advantage of the power of DirectX in their .NET applications or games.

    Your rating should be rated on the overall product, not just this specific update. The fact is, DirectX is ubiquitous now, and is used by nearly every commercial 3D PC game out there.

    But they lose a point because I could never figure out how to program with it in unmanaged code, and they've removed DirectDraw docs from the latest SDKs. I want accellerated 2D, darnnit. :(

  29. 1 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 8, 2006)

    McCrap: What updates to DirectX 9c does it provide?

    Nothing-- these monthlies are among some of the most useless updates: a handful of files had their date changed, while v.# & size remained the same. Now, i'm not gonna waste my time comparing files-- in the case of tiny changes beimg made & not reflected in general size and published version number.

    I'm also getting real annoyed with the bugs & constant updates of validation, windows update & IE-- what a freakin' convoluted time sink & resource waste process for a simple friggin' download.

  30. 1 out of 5 stars
    McCrap

    Reviewing February 2006 (Feb 8, 2006)

    What updates to DirectX 9c does it provide?

  31. 3 out of 5 stars
    kmleow

    Reviewing 9.0a Updated (Mar 27, 2003)

    Now that 9.0a is officially back again.

    I have a question,
    How come the redistributable version is still 9.0 without the (a)?? and Microsoft's official webpage still show the release date of redistributable version as last year, December 2002.

  32. 5 out of 5 stars
    gadean

    Reviewing 9.0a Updated (Mar 26, 2003)

    On my pc this runs a lot better than VMWare. We'll see what changes are to come in the future now that it's been obtained by Microsoft.

  33. 4 out of 5 stars
    meulie

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 26, 2003)

    Microsoft has withdrawn the 9.0a release (for the moment). No reason given...

  34. 5 out of 5 stars
    pplchamp

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 25, 2003)

    Um, excuse me? The Radeon 9700 and 9800 are fully DirectX compatible and compliant. That is why DX9 was released, because ATI was releasing DX9 cards. Just becuae nVidia's vaccum cleaner sounding card is not out yet, does not mean there are no DirectX 9 cards out there.

  35. 3 out of 5 stars
    freedomfighter

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 25, 2003)

    Well ok its an update, but there are few manufactures using the DX9 APIs at present anyway.. makes you wonder why the update from 8,.1-9 was bought in so soon.. and for the ATI Kiods in here, no ATI cards (including Radeon) dont make full use of it either.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars
    hankook

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 25, 2003)

    svds

  37. 5 out of 5 stars
    MadEx2k2

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 24, 2003)

    dcowern, indeed I had that service disabled to save memory. Set it to manual, started it and it's installing right now just fine. Thanks for the help! ;)

  38. 3 out of 5 stars
    kmleow

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 24, 2003)

    Now, I checked Microsoft's official website,
    it states the version as 9.0,
    without the "a".
    And the release date is December 2002.
    So where is this 9.0a from?

    I do not want to waste my time downloading something huge and getting nothing new from it.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars
    dcowern

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 24, 2003)

    To the poster below: I had the same problem. There are two possible solutions.

    1. If you have disabled cryptographic services, re-enable them. Having them set to disabled will cause the error you described. Enable it, reboot, and try installing again.

    2. If the above doesn't work then there is probably a problem with the \windows\system32\catroot2 directory. Rename the folder to rename the directory to catroot2bak, reboot, and try installing again.

    Hope this helps. -- Dave

  40. 5 out of 5 stars
    Alex T.

    Reviewing 9.0a (Mar 24, 2003)

    Sweet.

  41. 1 out of 5 stars
    AgingBoomer

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    Dont install this if you are using Windows Messenger 4.7.105 ! You wont be able to audio or video conference anymore. I had to restore to get it back.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    Practice

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    I have the same problem with Windows Messenger on both of my systems. I don't care though, it doesn't work half of the time anyway.

  43. 5 out of 5 stars
    Devil24

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    No problems at all... this thing works great and the Radeon 9700 Pro using the new Catalyst 3.0 drivers alongside the DX9 feels and plays a lot better... I've noticed a performance improvement of about 8-10% on my rig using a Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2600+ on most games.

    For those who are experiencing probs with the web setup download, that's normal during the first hours after a new release from MS... their servers get clogged due to many people d'loading crap from them.

  44. 3 out of 5 stars
    tylerj99

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    The software seems to run great - but now my windows messenger doesn't work! Someone thing about memory not being able to be written. Has anyone else encountered this problem????

  45. 5 out of 5 stars
    darthbeads

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    Why are people basing their reviews on the ease/ability of download from MS? This is a totally irrelevant issue from the DX9 software itself. Keep it topical. DX9 is great -- can't wait until a Detonator driver supports it!

  46. 5 out of 5 stars
    F1Racer

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    "Reviewed by: bourgeoisdude
    Date: December 9th, 2002 8:30 PM

    No problems so far...Much better than the beta's. REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT UNINSTALL DIRECTX WITHOUT REINSTALLING WINDOWS! "

    Not so. Try DirectX Buster. Works perfectly to uninstall DirectX and reinstall the OS default version.

  47. 5 out of 5 stars
    Black-Wolf

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    Finally, it's out!!

  48. 5 out of 5 stars
    rbailin

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    This is indeed the final release of DirectX 9.0

    You can download a standalone version (does not require an internet connection) from the link in the "Notes" section of http://microsoft.com/win...ctx/downloads/drx90.asp

  49. 5 out of 5 stars
    pperkiro

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    Funny I loaded this on multiple PCs with absolutly no problems. If this isn't final then why did all of us MS beta testers get an email from MS saying it was. As far as someone saying that a MS rep even says they are nuts for installing it. Get a new rep that knows whats going on. Just my $0.02

  50. 4 out of 5 stars
    freegoo

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    Solid release. Whats up with the web setup program? For users that need to setup a proxy this just sucks.

  51. 5 out of 5 stars
    Orlando

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 20, 2002)

    I just rebooted my computer again and now DXDIAG seems to be working fine (see my other message below). You might want to reboot your computer a second time after installing DirectX9. Also, if you're using a Matrox graphics card, you might want to disable Matrox's Powerdesk program that runs in the background. Powerdesk seems to slow down all DX9 functions tremendously! Glad it works now anyway. :-)

  52. 3 out of 5 stars
    bourgeoisdude

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Dec 9, 2002)

    No problems so far...Much better than the beta's. REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT UNINSTALL DIRECTX WITHOUT REINSTALLING WINDOWS!

  53. 5 out of 5 stars
    Flawless

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 20, 2002)

    no problems so far

  54. 4 out of 5 stars
    Bryanm

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 14, 2002)

    Well, it downloaded and installed fine on Win XP Pro. I would like to benchmark my system to see if anything improved, but, 3dmark isn't dx9 compatible. My games run fine so no problems so far for this beta release.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars
    khnaveed

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 13, 2002)

    Great Improvement and Download Successfully !
    DX 9 got my 100% vote !!

  56. 3 out of 5 stars
    orfie18

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 13, 2002)

    Tried to run on some programs and refused to work, kept requiring 8.1 but still seems to be ok.

  57. 3 out of 5 stars
    ynjhs

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 13, 2002)

    I had trouble with this, as I could not even download the file(s). "Setup could not download the file. Please retry later or check network connection". And I assure you, everything else works fine.

  58. 5 out of 5 stars
    Besk

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 13, 2002)

    So far I´ve been testing dx9 on Colin McRae 2.
    - And NOW all crispi gfx was gone.
    - Improvements, FSP=35-50 using:
    2048x1546x32 all detalis set on max
    Sorry for my bad language, I´m swedish.

    B E S K
    Binära Ettor Sekvens Kalkylator
    Besk was the fastest computer in the world,
    only for a week.
    Besk was made and developed in Sweden 1958
    same year I was born...

  59. 5 out of 5 stars
    lex brugman

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 13, 2002)

    Do i need a betplace id?

  60. 3 out of 5 stars
    DJSatane

    Reviewing 9.0 RC 0 Public Beta (Nov 13, 2002)

    I cannot download the installation, I get the small exe file from MS site and that runs and tries to connect and download DirectX 8MB file but it just stalls...........

    HEH, nice job MS, cant get anything.

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