DirectX is a collection of APIs and resources developed by Microsoft and used by a large number of games and multimedia applications in order to make the creation of this content as simple as possible and to make the most of the users’ hardware. Since the launch of its first version in 1995, this set of APIs has become essential when it comes to playing or using certain applications within a Windows system, and therefore, to be able to take full advantage of these functions, it is very important to make sure you have the latest version available from these libraries installed on our PC.
As we have said, DirectX is a complement that, in general, where it is most used is in video games . Therefore, when you install a game on your computer, for example, through Steam, the platform itself usually checks if you have the latest version of these add-ons, or at least the version with which the game has been compiled, and if not you usually need to downloaded and installed automatically in your system.
Each DirectX patch is designed primarily to improve game performance, fix bugs, and take better advantage of hardware. Therefore, even if a developer recommends a particular version, it is always advisable to have the latest version available.
How to check the version of DirectX installed on Windows
If you want to check the version of DirectX that you have installed on your computer, press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + R” and write in the execution bar that appears the command “dxdiag “, Without quotes.
It will open a new window like the following one, where you will be able to see all the details related to the hardware of your computer, as well as the version of DirectX that you are using.
How to upgrade to the latest version of DirectX
You can download and install the latest version by hand. To update DirectX to the latest version in your Windows, all you have to do is access the following link and download the Microsoft tool . Once downloaded, run and follow the wizard (be careful to uncheck the use of the Bing bar) to be able to have the latest version already installed.
We remind you that DirectX 12 is only compatible with Windows 10, as well as versions 11.4, 11.3 and 11.2, which are only compatible with Windows 10 and 8.1, so that users of Windows 7 can not go beyond DirectX 11.1.
Installing a version of Windows on a computer usually takes about 15 minutes, and during the process will be ignored versions already installed, unless some file is damaged. Once it is finished, it is advisable to reboot the system so that all the changes finish applying and you can make the most of this add-on.