How to Update DirectX

By Aaron Wein

DirectX is a type of software included in Windows operating systems designed to enhance gaming in PCs. It is important to keep your version of DirectX up-to-date to avoid running into errors when playing new games. Windows comes with a program called "Windows Update" that updates all of your Microsoft software. Run the program to have Windows automatically find and install important software updates for DirectX.

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Click "Control Panel."

Step 3

Choose "System and Security."

Step 4

Select "Windows Update."

Step 5

Click "Check for updates" located in the left pane. Windows briefly scans for available updates, then presents a list of items. You must be connected to the Internet in order for the program to scan for updates.

Step 6

Place checks next to the DirectX updates. If none are listed, then there are no updates for DirectX.

Step 7

Click "OK" to download and install the updates.