DirectX is the Microsoft technology that was developed to give the computer game developers direct access to the computer hardware for better performance. Previously, the game developers had to access the hardware through Windows API, but now they can use DirectX to access the hardware directly and hence the name DirectX. DirectX technology has come a long way since the days of its inception. It has been around for almost two decades and most of the PC games still heavily depend on it. In order to get the maximum performance from your graphics card and play the games much more smoothly, you should have the latest version of DirectX installed on your Windows PC. Actually some of the PC games explicitly state to have a particular version installed on your PC as one of the requirements.
In order to check which version of DirectX is installed in your Windows PC, you can follow these simple instructions:
- Press the hotkey Win + R to open the Run dialog. In the Run dialog, type dxdiag and press Enter key on your keyboard.
- This will open the DirectX Diagnostics Tool window which would analyze your system for DirectX files, drivers and their versions. When the analyses stops and the information is displayed, you can see the installed DirectX version in the System tab as shown in the snapshot below:
There is also an third party tool called DirectX Version Checker that can check the DirectX version on your Windows PC. After the installation, when you launch this tool, it scans your system for DirectX drivers and their versions. And in a short time, it will display the DirectX version installed on your PC in large letters.
Conclusion: If you are going to buy a new PC game and want to check if your system satisfies its requirements, then among other things you may have to check for the DirectX version of your Windows PC. The free DirectX Version Checker can help you easily find the DirectX version on your computer.
You can download DirectX Version Checker from http://www.directxupdate.com/.