Download and Install DirectX [11.1, 11, 10, 9 and 8]
All those Windows users who love playing games would have atleast heard about DirectX. Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft Windows. DirectX includes API’s for Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectMusic, DirectPlay, DirectSound and lot more. Windows 95 did not launch with DirectX, but DirectX was included with Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2. And with the latest Windows 8 Developer Preview, DirectX SDK has been integrated into Windows SDK. Moreover DirectX has been confirmed to be present in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 also.
Different versions of the DirectX releases include DirectX 1.0, DirectX 2.0, DirectX 2.0a, DirectX 3.0, DirectX 3.0a, DirectX 3.0b, DirectX 4.0, DirectX 5.0, DirectX 5.2, DirectX 6.0, DirectX 6.1, DirectX 6.1a, DirectX 7.0, DirectX 7.0a, DirectX 7.1, DirectX 8.0, DirectX 8.0a, DirectX 8.1, DirectX 8.1a, DirectX 8.1b, DirectX 8.2, DirectX 9.0, DirectX 9.0a, DirectX 9.0b, DirectX 9.0c, DirectX – bimonthly updates, DirectX 10, DirectX 10.1, DirectX 10.1, DirectX 11 and DirectX 11.1. DirectX 11.1 is included in Windows 8 and it supports WDDM 1.2 for increased performance, features improved integration of Direct2D, Direct3D, and DirectCompute, and includes DirectXMath, XAudio2, and XInput libraries from the XNA framework. It also features stereoscopic 3D support for gaming and video.
To download and install DirectX, search for the latest version of DirectX on Microsoft’s site and click the link in the search results that is most relevant for your Windows OS. The best option is to use DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer to download and install latest version of DirectX. Users need to note that DirectX 11 is supported in Windows 8 and Windows 7; DirectX 10 is supported in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista; DirectX 9 is supported in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.