How to Install Direct Draw

by John Ruiz

DirectDraw is one of the components of Microsoft's DirectX technology. It enables certain applications to run in full screen mode without loss of performance. Microsoft no longer updates the DirectDraw component since they released DirectX 8.0, so you can safely install DirectX 9 or a newer version to fully install DirectDraw. You must install the DirectX package to run several applications and games that use 2D and 3D rendering.

Access the DirectX web installer page from the Microsoft Download Center (see Resources). Click the "Download" button or related button to download the installer. Save the download to the desktop or familiar folder location so you can run it immediately.

Double-click the "dxwebsetup.exe" file to launch the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer. Click the "I accept the agreement" option and click the "Next" button to proceed with the installation.

Click the "Finish" button after the installer downloads the necessary files from Microsoft's server and installs DirectX and its components.


  • check You can test the DirectDraw feature by launching the DirectX Diagnostic Tool after you successfully installed DirectX. Go to the Start menu and click "Run." Type "dxdiag" and press "Enter" to load it. Click the "Display" tab to find the "Test DirectDraw" button where you can check if it is working.


  • close You must stay connected to the Internet throughout the installation process.

About the Author

John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.