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    directX

    I have just installed Directx 8 on my Win 98 PC. Now, when I run dxiag.ex, I get an error message saying my version of directx is later than that of dxdiag and that it will give false results and that I should get a newer version of dxdiag. I have searched the MS site but can't find it. Where can I download the latest version of dxdiag.exe?

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    dxdiag.exe should have been updated when you installed DirectX 8.

    Try Start|Find|Files or Folders for "dxdiag" and see if you have more than one copy of dxdiag.exe on your system. The latest version (per my system) should have version 4.08.00.0400 .

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    Re: directX

    I have checked as you suggest and dxdiag.exe is in my windowssystem folder. Version number is 4.07.00.0700. Did a web search for a download site but could only find an older version. Have re-installed Directx 8 but nothing has changed.

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    Re: directX

    Sorry, but if your system still reads 4.07.00.0700, you have not successfully installed DirectX8. You need to see the number ileacy has given you.

    You can get the latest version from the MS site, accessed when you click Windows Update, then go to Product Updates / Recommended Updates. Start or <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/directx/homeuser/downloads/default.asp> here.

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    Tx Merc. I was slow getting back my with my reply. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: directX

    Have done as you suggested and downloaded DirectX8 from the site in your message and installed it. I still get the same error message and the version of dxdiag.exe in my Windows/System folder is still 4.07.00.0700.

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    Re: directX

    Odd. In your shoes, having taken all the other advice and yet found no other version of DXdiag I would now try a re-install of 98SE into the directory it is at present in. Then try to install Direct X again. Look for a cover disc with 8.0a for 98 on it : it saves an awful lot of download time. I don't know if you have it in NZ, but Computer Shopper for Sep 2001 (UK) has it on the CD.

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    If you are considering re-installing windows there
    are two things you could try first.

    The problem is twofold: directx "cannot" be uninstalled:
    you cannot install a version older than what is already
    there.

    There are two ways I know of to get around this.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.voodoofiles.com/3346>
    http://www.voodoofiles.com/3346</A>
    is a link to directx buster, a way of removing directx.

    A safer way I prefer is to regedit the version number, reboot, and install the chosen version.


    HKEY_Local_MachineSoftwareMicrosoftDirectX

    Here there is a key called "Version" change it to "4.06.00.0000". When you reboot, Windows will think you have Direct X 6.0 installed and let you install DX7, or greater.

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    Re: directX

    Yes, but.... we've no evidence that DirectX 8.0 is successfully installed on his sytem.
    Secondly, I'm afraid you are not 100% correct. If you re-install your OS, Direct X reverts to whatever version you have on your CD. I recently had to reinstall Win 2kP. It quite adequately removed all reference to Direct X 8, and gave me back version 7, so I had also to reinstall DX.

    A 'dirty' repair of the Windows set-up (ie. into the same directory) is often a quick fix for a number of niggling problems. Only when that doesn't work need the more time-consuming installation routines be invoked.

    Finally, if you advise users to edit their Registry, you really ought to remind them to back-up first, and that without the proper precautions they could very easily make their machine unusable. This may not be immediately obvious to less experienced users.

    Rgds

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    Re: directX

    I meant to mention that the error message I get when running dxdiag says the installed version of DirectX is 4.08.00.0400 and SiSoft Sandra seems to think I have DirectX8 installed. Maybe I have and it is just dxdiag.exe that is out of date. I have installed DirectX8 from both a cover CD and from the Microsoft site as I said with the same results. I don't really want to mess with a re-installation of Windows98SE.

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    Re: directX

    I have checked the registry and the version shown is 4.08.00.0400. Under DirectX Diagnostic Tool it says (value not set).

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    Try deleting or renaming DXDIAG.EXE and re-installing DirectX 8.

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    Re: directX

    Tried your suggestion and it all works as it should now. Well done!! What a simple solution! Thanks so much.

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