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#16 Eric

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:14

Try booting into safe mode and install the DirectX runtime there.


#17 Titans Dynasty

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:12

I've been experiencing some difficulty with installing driectx 9 on Windows 8 as well. I initially had problems when I tried to play a game on my computer which had Windows 7. I tried various solutions, but essentially Windows wouldn't allow me to install directx 9 because I had a newer version (directx 11) and didn't need directx 9.

I then upgraded to Windows 8 and figured the problem would be solved. I tried to load the game and ran into the same issue. I took GreyWolf's advice and installed it in safe mode. This seems to have worked, but I am now getting the error message "The MSS DLL file is installed in the Windows or Windows system directory - it must be installed in the application directory." I have no clue what that means or how to fix it. Any help would be much appreciated.

#18 francescob

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 17:58

The DirectX redistributable is MANDATORY for many older games in Windows 8. Microsoft announced there will not be newer DirectX redistributable but that does not mean that Windows 8 ships with the whole DX9c redistributables: they only included just the latest 2 libraries but many games relies on older ones. Same for the .NET Framework: Windows 8 comes with Framework 4.5 but it doesn't come with anything below 4 (3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0, none of those are present).

I have installed the redistributable on Windows 8 without any issue, if the web version doesn't work try the full version that you can find here.

#19 Hamit Çağdaş Ince

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 19:56

Can you please stop installing crap on your PC? You don't have to install directx9 in Windows 8.


hi, do you know directx 9 needs for lots of games and windows 8 doesnt support directx 9 for that reason we can not play games in windows 8... if you said we dont need to install directx9 in windows8 explain it then!! how i will play battlefield 3, dota, crysis 3 in windows 8 ?!!

#20 Aergan

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 20:08

DirectX 9 is perfectly fine to install on Windows 8 x86 or x64 and is required for lots of Windows DirectX based games to run.

.Net 3.5 (.Net 2.0 & 3.0) is available from Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on /off.

If Direct X 9 wont install on your machine then you have a lot of issues if .Net 3.5 is added correctly.

#21 redvamp128

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 21:44

Not quite sure this would work:

http://www.microsoft...ls.aspx?id=7352

The Microsoft Application Compatibility toolkit:

Once installed you can- create a DirectX version lie shim for the installer- Which basically lies to it says it has what it needs. Then then install finishes to try the game which should work fine since it actually has a later DX9 than it calls for. Also you could use this tool to get the DX to install if it does not work correctly.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 21:48

The DirectX redistributable is MANDATORY for many older games in Windows 8. Microsoft announced there will not be newer DirectX redistributable but that does not mean that Windows 8 ships with the whole DX9c redistributables: they only included just the latest 2 libraries but many games relies on older ones. Same for the .NET Framework: Windows 8 comes with Framework 4.5 but it doesn't come with anything below 4 (3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0, none of those are present).

I have installed the redistributable on Windows 8 without any issue, if the web version doesn't work try the full version that you can find here.


+1

Though I have always been wondering why they didn't include it by default.

#23 OP Mark

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 22:07

+1

Though I have always been wondering why they didn't include it by default.


I guess in time it would be redundant and you can still install it if you really need it.

#24 syobon999

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 22:26

Can you please stop installing crap on your PC? You don't have to install directx9 in Windows 8.


:pinch:

several legitimate programs scream that directx is not installed in windows 8, including winamp and potplayer.
Windows does not come with all directx files for some reason, i always use the web installer from microsoft website.

#25 someone2013

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:30

Thanks TokiToki! :)
Installing the RuntimeLibs http://www.microsoft...ails.aspx?id=35 worked fine for me on Windows 8, 64bit! I had no sound in Skyrim on Windows 8, now everything is perfect. Of course the runtime libraries of v9 did not overwrite the DirextX11-Installation.

#26 klepp0906

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 17:57

Games that needs updated/specific version of DirectX have to install it during the game setup, period.

For example for Skyrim, you have to reinstall it. This one is tricky because you have to verify the game file, and when you start the game it will install the correct DirectX packages too.

You shouldn't install manually directx since many games aren't using the same (sub)version of directx 9 (or 10 or 11).

yea i know im necroing (whatever that means) sue me.  I detest people/minsformation like this on the web.  No you dont "have to instal it during hte game setup, Period" and yes older software and games can require older D3DX libraries (dx9 has like 50 versions itself).  Some people (myself included which is how i found this post) like to be pre-emptive and proactive.  I install them all and ill never be asked.

 

Unfortunately trying to force an older DX isnt the way to go w/ newer OS's.  You have to install the libraries themselves.  Much easier. (unless u wanna use a web installer/avoid standalone) Google can help you with the rest :p

 

As for the first few posts of ignorance, do some research before you attack others AND spread more misinformation at the same time.  The web ladies and gentlemen.  

I just found out we are pregnant and I reckon my child is going to feel sheltered and deprived cause come hell or high water he wont be seeing or touching this volatile piece of technology until marriage :p