View Full Version : Direct X - Any advantage in updating?

28-01-2003, 09:39 PM
I have XP Pro, and i was wondering if there was any advantage in updating Direct X.

I have whatever version came with XP Pro, Is there any version higher than this? Not 9 though.

29-01-2003, 09:02 AM
Windows XP comes with Direct X 8.1 installed already.

As for advantages, Ive seen noticable improvements on all machines that Ive installed it on so far, whereas others have reported none.

My family's PC with 64MB Shared Video RAM ran as badly as anything at 512x480 or whatever (Cant remember exact res) when playing Unreal Tournament. I got about 10FPS max with DX 8.1 on Win2K

Now, with DX9, I enjoy a good solid 30FPS at 640x480!

Obviously results will vary, but if you can spare the download time, then heck, why not?



Susan B
29-01-2003, 09:23 AM
It's up to you whether you update Direct X or not but do be aware that if you have problems afterwards you cannot uninstall it. The only way to revert back is by reinstalling Windows. I'm not entirely sure but you might also have to reformat prior to reinstalling.

29-01-2003, 09:32 AM
Direct X 9 is available from:


Im gonna update mine now, you don't have to reformat to install it, and it is VERY difficult to remove.

Susan B
29-01-2003, 09:48 AM
> you don't have to reformat to install it

No, that wasn't what I was saying. I meant if one wanted to uninstall the updated Direct X you might have to reformat before reinstalling Windows. I am unsure whether a reinstall of Windows alone will revert your system back to the previous version of Direct X. Either way, it's a hassle.

29-01-2003, 09:50 AM
> Im gonna update mine now, you don't have to reformat
> to install it, and it is VERY difficult to remove.

Yeah, I dunno if you can even do DX 9! I know you can (Amlost impossible though) get rid of 8 and 8.1, but format's easier.

The great thing is, that Ive installed it on about 30 machines so far and there's never been ANY problems at all, only improvements!!

29-01-2003, 03:11 PM
You can easily uninstall DirectX. Is all a matter of knowing how. The easiest way is by using a tool called DX Buster/DirectX Buster. Have a search for it on Google if you want to find out more.

29-01-2003, 03:27 PM
yes, you can uninstall dirextX (with a third party uninstaller) but be prepared to reinstall windows(over the top, a format is only last resort) to get everything running properly again (as i found out the hard way).

29-01-2003, 05:39 PM
Maybe I will wait until Direct X 9.1 or whatever, just to be safe

29-01-2003, 06:10 PM
>Maybe I will wait until Direct X 9.1 or whatever, just to be safe

why? when 9.1 comes out you will be waiting for 9.2. if your system is fine and you don't play late model games then don't bother updateing it.
as with any updates you take your chances.

Marty K
30-01-2003, 04:05 AM
Try going to http://www.majorgeeks.com, then driver tools you find DirectX busters and DirectX 9.0 removal tools, I upgraded to DirectX9.0 and found no difference (good or Bad). Try it there is nothing to loose and something to gain.

30-01-2003, 06:32 PM
I found dx9 broke a few of the older dx3 games I still play.