In the past few days, some readers have reported that they have encountered Windows XP SP3 DirectX 10 download.
When it comes to gaming for Windows, it is likely that Windows XP was discontinued in 2007 when Vista was released. One of the main advantages of Windows Vista was that gamers only needed to upgrade because of the DirectX 10 integration into the new operating system. Newer versions of DirectX offer sound and visual enhancements for gaming, as well as better performance. So if you’re a gamer, you really want the latest DirectX you can get.
DirectX is tightly integrated into the operating system during installation, so you can’t just install DirectX 10 or 11 on XP as it won’t work. While we’re currently using DirectX 11 for Windows Vista, 7 and 8, and the next Windows will likely have DirectX 12, Windows XP is stuck with DirectX 9, which is over 10 years old. Also, some games these days are not backward compatible with DirectX 9, and you simply won’t be able to play the game regardless of whether your graphics card fully supports DirectX 10 and 11 or not.
What if you want to use DirectX 10 on XP, but it has never been officially released by Microsoft?
An unofficial attempt was made to create a distriBuy DirectX 10 that would allow you to experience some of the benefits of the upgrade. It was called the Alky Project and they did some alphas, but it took a lot of manual work to copy pirated DLLs, DirectX SDKs, etc. In the end, they couldn’t get it to work the way they wanted and through the project was closed for several months.
As always, whenever you try to install modified or compromised system files, make sure you have the appropriate backups such as blue screen of death (BSOD) or system crash while you try tools integrated into the operating system …
What Version Of DirectX Do I Have On My System?
If you want to know which version of DirectX is installed on your computer, do the following:
- Go to Run -> dxdiag
- A new window displays information about the DirectX components installed on your computer.
The screenshot above shows DirectX 11 installed on Windows 8.1.
Update: DirectX 10 RC2 Fix 3 Patch
DirectX 10 RC2 Fix 3 – patch to improve compatibility of new andP and programs with Windows XP, Windows 200 and Windows 2003. You can find a detailed guide here: How to install Directx 10 RC2 Pre Fix 3
Fixed game launch errors that require DirectX 9.0 or earlier files. The download link is available in our download center
This download can also improve hardware compatibility in Vista by compiling the geometry shader to run in machine code when the hardware cannot run it.
If you want to learn how to tune Crysis to a high level with XP and DX9, read How to tune very high settings for Crysis with DX9 and Windows XP
Update # 1: We Found Another Fix
Here is a detailed guide on how to do it: How to Install Directx 10 RC2 Pre Fix 3 for Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 (screenshots below)
Update # 2:
If you want to install DirectX 10 in Vista, see How to download DirectX 10.1 from Vista Service Pack 1
Update 3. Looking for Directx 11? Download details here
- DirectX 10 RC2 Fix 3 for Windows XP
- Installer for Directx10 Windows XP with PIC
- Download Alky Source Code (LGPL)
- Download Philosopher Code (LGPL – Alky required).
- CompatibilityAlky for Applications 1.0 Halo 2 with Windows XP
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