How to Tell Whether DirectX Is Up to Date

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DirectX is a Microsoft software product that is known as a type of application programming interface. This software helps direct information relating to multimedia files on your computer, including video and audio formatting. It's important to have an updated version of DirectX so that your computer can decode all modern file formats. Checking to make sure your software is up to date is a relatively easy process that only takes a few minutes to complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer running Windows operating system
  • Keyboard
  • Turn on your computer and go to the desktop. Make sure no other applications are running.

  • In the Windows "Start" menu, select "Run."

  • Type "dxdiag" in the dialogue box and click "OK."

  • An information box appears on the screen. The version of DirectX software you are running will be located at the bottom of the box under "DirectX Version."

Tips & Warnings

  • DirectX versions change frequently and are available for download at Microsoft's website. (See Resources)

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