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Direct X 9 and Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

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July 30, 2010 7:17:42 AM

Hi
I am installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with an ATI 5970 video card. Now I know the ATI drivers will give me DirectX 11 but do I still hae to manually install Direct X9c for older games that use it?
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July 30, 2010 7:53:54 AM

Nope, if you have DX11 you're good to go. However, with older games you might run into some compatibility issues. A similar question has already been brought up here. I'm running an ATI Radeon HD 4890, granted it's a DX10 card, I'm still able to play older games no problem like AoE2 and Rise of Nations. I even run Starcraft on it (with minor issues) but usually if theres a compatibility issue 9 times out of 10 someone has conjured up a fix for it.
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July 30, 2010 2:12:21 PM

There is no need to worry about installing any previous versions, because you have them already under DirectX 11.
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July 30, 2010 2:31:33 PM

That said, I have encountered a few issues with DX9 games on Win7 that were solved by installing the latest DX9 End-User runtime files from the MS website. It certainly won't hurt...
Not sure if the original DX9 dll's were corrupted or what, but the DX9 update helped me!

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July 30, 2010 2:46:02 PM
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Sorry to now give conflicting advice to the others, but yes, download and run the latest DirectX Runtimes to get a fully up to date and complete library, or you may experience graphical issues/crashes in some games.
August 9, 2010 6:31:12 AM

Best answer selected by doncarriere.
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