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Installing directx 9 on Windows 8?

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kalkal    402

Can't seem to get it to work, I end up with an error every time I try to install directx 9...

Any suggestions?

(I'll post the error log if that helps)

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Anthonyd    104

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

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SharpGreen    229

It gives an error because it's not possible, nor really necessary. You did know that higher versions of directx are downward compatible right?

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Ci7    193

what installer are using? i hope webinstaller nothing else antiquated

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

It gives an error because it's not possible, nor really necessary. You did know that higher versions of directx are downward compatible right?

sometimes you do. last one i tried "skyrim" told me i need a DirectX dll

had to go install it

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DarkTorizo    8

It gives an error because it's not possible, nor really necessary. You did know that higher versions of directx are downward compatible right?

Some older games / addons require Direct X 9. (Example: Decal Plugin Enviroment for Asheron's Call requires Direct X 9.0c regardless of what version(s) of Direct X you have installed.)

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kalkal    402
Can you please stop installing crap on your PC? You don't have to install directx9 in Windows 8.

Can you please get better informed before you start spouting crap.

It's true, some older games come out with errors because they expect older dx9 dlls. Now, it might be the case that there is a better workaround than installing directx 9 but on windows 7, it's what I did to fix this issue with quite a few titles and never had any trouble. I can't seem to do it on windows 8.

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Anthonyd    104

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).

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kalkal    402
Use this to get the latest DirectX 9 libraries, some of which are probably missing from Windows 8. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=35

So your suggestion to get directx 9 to install on windows 8, is to install directx 9?...

I'm sorry but I think you must misunderstand me. It refuses to install at all. Can't see why. I wondered if anyone else had this issue and knew how to resolve it.

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[03/17/12 11:07:49] module: dsetup32(May 31 2007), file: inline.h, line: 97, function: IsDotNETFrameworkInstalled

Failed API: GetCORVersion()

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[03/17/12 11:07:54] module: dxupdate(May 31 2007), file: dxupdate.cpp, line: 5714, function: DirectXUpdateInstallPlugIn

Failed API: SetupIterateCabinet()

Error: (32) - The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

Unable to iterate through J:\Support\Redist\DirectX\Apr2005_d3dx9_25_x64.cab. The file may be damaged.

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[03/17/12 11:07:54] module: dsetup32(May 31 2007), file: dxupdate.cpp, line: 280, function: CSetup::InstallPlugIn

DirectXUpdateInstallPlugIn() failed.

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[03/17/12 11:07:54] module: dsetup32(May 31 2007), file: setup.cpp, line: 1701, function: CSetup::SetupForDirectX

InstallPlugIn() failed.

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[03/17/12 21:07:19] module: dsetup32(May 31 2007), file: inline.h, line: 97, function: IsDotNETFrameworkInstalled

Failed API: GetCORVersion()

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[03/17/12 21:07:26] module: dxupdate(May 31 2007), file: dxupdate.cpp, line: 5714, function: DirectXUpdateInstallPlugIn

Failed API: SetupIterateCabinet()

Error: (32) - The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

Unable to iterate through F:\Support\Redist\DirectX\Apr2005_d3dx9_25_x64.cab. The file may be damaged.

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[03/17/12 21:07:26] module: dsetup32(May 31 2007), file: dxupdate.cpp, line: 280, function: CSetup::InstallPlugIn

DirectXUpdateInstallPlugIn() failed.

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[03/17/12 21:07:26] module: dsetup32(May 31 2007), file: setup.cpp, line: 1701, function: CSetup::SetupForDirectX

InstallPlugIn() failed.

I get the same error with both the offline installer and the web installer.

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muratoner    122

i did install directx9 using the runtime web installer as Toki mentioned because MPC needs it.

This is what i would do for the problem.......clear all temp files using CCleaner,restart system then run the web installer as admin

btw i use x64 of Windows8

and i have net framework 4.5 installed

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Jojo81    12

When I installed MSI Afterburner on Win 8 it ran the DirectX end user runtime automatically and did install some files. I am guessing the same thing would occur with a lot of games.

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Eric    1,604
dxwebsetup should do it. If it won't run something else is wrong.
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Jose_49    781

The thing you are actually looking is to update DirectX. Yes, it needs to be updated in order to some games work.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=35

Then, if you want to or force applications/games into DirectX 9, just run compatibility with Windows XP:

For running compatibility mode in Win XP do the following:

Right click on the .exe file of the application/game -> Properties -> "Compatibility" Tab -> Check Run this program for previous version of Windows -> Select Windows XP Service Pack 3.

You are ready to go.

Hope that this helps (Y)

If the link above does not help, then try downloading and installing this:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8109

Hope it helps.

Edit:

P.S: This should fix the missing file errors you are having, if not post back and I'll try to help...

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TokiToki    13

i had no problem installing the full redistributable. http://www.microsoft...lang=en&id=8109

it does prompt you to install .net 3.5 during setup - maybe the web installer doesn't do this??

The web installer worked fine for me, without needing to install .NET. However the OP said both redistributable and web installers don't work for him :(

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Eric    1,604

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

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Titans Dynasty    0

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.

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francescob    560

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.

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Hamit    0

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 ?!!

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Aergan    621

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.

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redvamp128    321

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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Breach    90

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.

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kalkal    402

+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.

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syobon999    40

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.

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someone2013    0

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.

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klepp0906    1

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

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