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Windows 7: Why is direct x not covered by Windows update?


20 Feb 2012   #1

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Why is direct x not covered by Windows update?

This is something that as a gamer I have been bothered about for a few years now. To this day I have never received a direct x update via windows update. It's always been me manually downloading it.

I realize they do package the redist with many new games, but I'm asking why there is a need for that?

Basically I'm asking for someone to remind me why packaging this as a redistributable has been chosen over the simplicity of windows update in this case.
The odds of a direct x update causing problems are pretty remote. No more so than any other update.

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18 Mar 2012   #2

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Love how not only does anyone have any input. No one seems to know. Even the guys at MS.
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18 Mar 2012   #3

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi you got a reply.
Every time I install an OS, I use this to install DirectX dxwebsetup.zip


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18 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Good point. It should be added with WinUpdate.
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19 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Hi you got a reply.
Every time I install an OS, I use this to install DirectX Attachment 203393
Wait, I have W7U SP1 64bit and my dxdiag shows DirectX 11 version 6.01.7601.17514. According to DirectX - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , it is latest version on Windows 7. But when I run that dxwebsetup.exe you posted here in this thread, it finds some installation to download (98,2 MB). I did not installed it, so I do not know what version it is. Is the dxwebsetup.exe linked to only one version of DirectX, or it searches internet for latest version and compares it to what I have installed on PC?

I tried it on my netbook (Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, no service pack), dxdiag says DirectX 11 version 6.01.7600.16385, what, according to Wikipedia, is the latest version on non service pack Windows 7, and your program said "This or the later version of DirectX is already installed on your computer. Installation is not needed."

I am really confused now.
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19 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

doesn't windows 7 come with direct x in it already, I could be wrong but i think the direct x from Microsoft is just a updated new version. If im wrong let me know
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19 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

I always wondered that too. Good question.
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19 Mar 2012   #8

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

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19 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I have latest Direct X 11.. I've never updated manually, i"m sure I had it updated on windows update, more info here
How to download and install DirectX
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31 Mar 2012   #10

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Your still missing my point, it's more about why it isn't included automatically.
Many people that game get the redist with the game cd sure. I'm just wondering why?

Also, I hate to put it this way but...

lolz @ 11.1
it has all the wonders and thrills we got from the awesome 10.1
(namely being depriving you of more money)

I will say it's brilliant marketing strategy though.
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