Looking for the latest version of Direct3D for your computer’s system? Don’t worry. Here you’ll learn the correct way to download Direct3D. Read on and find how…

In this post, you’ll learn:

  1. What is Direct3D?
  2. How do I download Direct3D?
  3. How do I fix the Direct3D related error?

What is Direct3D?

Direct3D is a graphics application programming interface(API) for Windows operating systems. Part of DirectX, Direct3D is used to render three-dimensional graphics in applications where performance is important, such as your video games. So, for the best performance of your apps like games, it’s important to keep your the version of Direct3D best match with your computer’s Windows system.

How do I download Direct3D?

You may know Direct3D is part of DirectX above. So you can download DirectX to get Direct3D.

DirectX is included in Windows systems. There is no stand-alone package. The updates are available through Windows Update.

Step 1. Check if you have the latest DirectX on your computer’s system

  1. On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key, then press R to bring up a Run box.

  2. Type dxdiag and click OK.

  3. You’ll then see the DirectX version of your computer. Check if it’s the latest one with the below table.

    Here’s the latest DirectX versions matching with the Windows system (8/23/2018 updated): 
    Windows System VersionDirectX Version
     Windows 10 DirectX 11.3 and 12
    Windows 8.1DirectX 11.2
    Windows 8DirectX 11.1
    Windows 7DirectX 11.0

If your DirectX is the latest one, great! You also get the latest Direct3D on your computer. If the DirectX version on your computer isn’t the latest one, follow Step 2 to check for Windows Update.

Step 2. Check for updates for your computer’s system

Note: The screenshots below all are from Windows 10, but the steps also applies to other versions of Windows system.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key. Type update in the search box.

  2. Click Check for updates.(or Windows Update)

  3. Click Check for updates.
    If you’re using Windows 8 and onwards, Windows will install the available updates automatically after checking;
    If you’re using Windows 7, please click Install updates if there’re any updates detected.

Note: If you want to upgrade DirectX further, you’ll need to upgrade your operating system.

How do I fix the Direct3D related error?

If you’ve had the Direct3D error, like Failed to initialize Direct3D, Direct3D Acceleration not available, you’ll need to update your graphics card driver besides installing the latest DirectX;

Moreover, if you would like to improve the gaming experience or system performance of your computer, we highly recommend you always keep your device drivers up-to-date. 

Whether you choose to update the device drivers manually, using Windows Update, or you use a trusted third party product, it’s essential that you have the latest correct device drivers for your operating system at all times.

If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and (if you go Pro) installs any driver updates your computer needs.

To update your drivers with Driver Easy, just click the Scan Now button, then when it lists the drivers you need to update, click Update. The correct drivers will be downloaded, and you can install them – either manually through Windows or all automatically with Driver Easy Pro.

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