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michiel | 12 years ago | 3 comments | 2,952 views

Microsoft offers DirectX in 2 flavours:
1) the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer
2) the DirectX End-User Runtime

The second version is also called the "DirectX Redist" because it "provides the DirectX end-user redistributable that developers can include with their product."

The web installer is preferable because it only downloads the files you require and installs them fully automatically.

However, if the web installer refuses to work (as it does today, November 13th) you will have to download the DirectX End-User Runtime.

This installer is a bit confusing because it installs another installer that you also have to run.

When you run the installer it asks "where you want to place the extracted files". The files it extracts are temporary files that you can delete when the installation is completed, so it's best use a location like: d:\temp

One of the extracted files is DXSETUP.exe. This is the real installer that you also have to run. After running this file, DirectX is installed on your system and you can delete all the extracted, temporary files.

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The latest DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer can be downloaded here.

michiel, 12 years ago

The latest DirectX End-User Runtime (directx_nov2008_redist.exe) can be downloaded here:

michiel, 12 years ago

The web installer problem seems to be fixed in the 12/5/2008 version!

michiel, 12 years ago

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