DirectX is a set of components that is included in the Windows distribution by default and is intended for interacting programs with audio and video cards. It is most widely used by gaming applications to realize the maximum potential of the computer’s graphics subsystem. In this article, our experts tell you how to find out the DirectX version in Windows 10.
Microsoft operating systems include a diagnostic tool that allows you to get all the necessary technical information about your computer’s audio and video subsystems.
We open the Run dialog box using the keyboard shortcut “Win+R”. Type the “dxdiag” command in the text field. Click on the ” OK ” button or press enter to launch the diagnostic tool.
To ensure compatibility, Microsoft has included two sets of DirectX components in the Windows 10 distribution: versions 11.3 and 12. The operating system decides which of them will be used independently by analyzing the hardware configuration at the time of installation. We wait for the running diagnostic tool to check the digital signatures of drivers. On the first “System” tab, a green marker highlights the DirectX 12 version – the maximum possible Version for the current OS. To find out which Windows is actually used, click on the “Next page” button.
On the “Screen” tab, look in the “Drivers” column. The “DDI for Direct3D” line highlighted in green indicates the actual DirectX version used in the system. In the case shown in the screenshot, this is 11.3. Windows makes the Selection automatically, determining that the video card is not capable of working with a different set of components. After finding out all the necessary information, close the diagnostic tool by clicking on the “Exit” button.
Alternatively, you can avoid using the Run dialog box.
Type “dxdiag” in the search service of the operating system. The only match found is shown in the screenshot. Click the “Open” area with the mouse, launching the diagnostic tool discussed above. If the system files are damaged, you may need to manually run the executable file directly from the host directory. In this case, use the area marked with the number “3”in the screenshot.
The file Explorer window opens in the system folder at C:WindowsSystem32. Double-click on the file selected in the screenshot to launch the dxdiag application manually.
Our experts explained in detail how to find out the DirectX version used on your computer. Don’t forget that Microsoft doesn’t release local installers for Windows 10. Fixes and new builds of DirectX components are installed on your PC automatically through the update Center.