How To Restore a Missing DirectX 9 DLL File in Windows XP

A Dynamic Link Library or DLL is a file that contains codes and resources that a program uses to execute certain functions. Other programs or applications can use and share the DLL file. There are different kinds of DLL files, and the DirectX 9 DLL is just one of many. DirectX works like a set of drivers that programs need in order to run. A program may need a group of specific drivers so it can perform specific functions, so DirectX becomes the interface between the program and the different drivers. Mostly game programs use the DirectX to run functions for graphics, video, sound cards, game controllers, and network gaming. There are problems that arise when using DirectX; some versions will only work for specific programs. So if you have a new game that requires installing DirectX 9 DLL and you install another game that is older and uses and older version, the DirectX 9 DLL may be overwritten by the older one. That’s why if you run the previous game that needs the newer version you will get an error message warning you that it did not find the DirectX 9 DLL that it needs to run. If DirectX 9 DLL is missing, you can reinstall a copy on your computer.

1. Find the latest version of DirectX on the Microsoft website.

Go to the Microsoft website and find the latest version of DirectX. A link can be found at the downloads area, locate DirectX Redist and click it. The latest version of DirectX will contain latest as well as previous releases. It will also support mostly all versions of the Windows Operating System.

2. Download the latest DirectX version.

Follow instructions to download the latest DirectX version from the Microsoft website. Save the file where you can find it right away like the desktop. Make a folder on the desktop, label it anything you want and save the file in that folder. Create a second folder where you will extract the DirectX files to.

3. Select and click the downloaded file.

Double-click the downloaded file to activate it. Follow the instructions, when you get to the part asking where to extract the files, browse and select the second folder you created on the desktop.

4. Open the second folder and look for the missing DirectX file.

When you open the second folder where you extracted the DirectX files to and look for the DirectX 9 DLL. There are different files in the folder like CAB, DLL and a dxsetup.exe. Do not click dxsetup.exe because we just need the DirectX 9 DLL.

Once you find the specific file then extract it to the desktop.

5. Copy the DirectX 9 DLL file to the system32 folder.

Copy the DirectX file you just extracted to the desktop then go to your C: partition in My Computer click it to explore the folders. Locate the Windows folder, explore the folders within and navigate to the system32 folder. Open the system32 folder and paste the DirectX file in the folder. Exit all programs and go your desktop. Delete all the DLL file that you extracted to your desktop along with the second folder you extracted DirectX files to. Reboot your computer and see if it has fixed the missing DirectX 9 DLL problem.

Many programs require specific versions of DirectX; some may use old versions if it is an old program. Installing these old programs may delete your current version of DirectX. Do a search first of your computer before downloading a copy.


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