View Full Version : DX 8.1 for XP?

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 01:54 PM
I think I've seen some systems with DX 8.1 on XP's machine's however on Microsoft's site, it's only says 8.1 is compatible with, 2000, 98, and ME. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/default.asp

Are XP users running it anyway? Or is there I different link I'm not seeing?

:edit: I just read 8.1 comes with XP, but on all my games and Geforce settings and 3Dmark it says I have 8.0. If I installed 8.0 by mistake from game would it have overwritten 8.1?

05-24-02, 01:57 PM
XP has DX8.1 already installed by default.

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 02:13 PM
Well I downloaded 8.1 and installed it but it's not showing up that it is installed, Do i need to remove 8.0?

05-24-02, 02:23 PM
directx is not meant to be removed so you can realy screw things up by doing that. there is a program for that but id not recommend you to do it.
you say its not showing up, what your mean?
btw you cant install a previous version either. directx accepts only to be updated.

also, directx is not a program youll see in your desktop or programs menu. its just a drivers database that will improve your os multimedia resources. you can run the directx diagnose utility located in the "program files/directx/setup/dxdiag.*". you can see the version there also make some tests.

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 02:28 PM
I mean it's not showing up that i have 8.1 after i install it, i installed it because i forgot 8.1 came with XP, and I'm pretty sure i installed 8.0 from one of my games. http://service.madonion.com/compare?2k1=3543449

As seen in my compare it says I have 8.0.

Should I not trust the display in the compare?

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 02:31 PM
I just checked dxdiag it says I have 8.1, forgot about that little bugger start-run-dxdiag.

Then why isn't my 3dmark detecting it?

05-24-02, 02:35 PM
in the dxdiagnose check if you have no problems with the files in the files tab.

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 02:40 PM
It says no problems found. ya think i need to reinstall 3dmark? Or it there a re-detect in the program i will look now.

05-24-02, 02:43 PM
try running it now. its possible it will re-detect or it can just keep the same. as long as you got 8.1 installed you wont have a problem just by 3dmark not reads it well.

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 02:50 PM
i ran it and went into the system info and it still says 8.0, i know it will still run right, i just want it to say 8.1!!:eek: heh it's confusing. I guess i will reinstall it and see how that works. thanks for your help:beer:

05-24-02, 04:20 PM
I think XP comes with 8.0a if I remember right.

I don't think a point release of DirectX would lead to huge performance differences, at any rate. The feature set is still the same, they can't include more features until they release a new version (as in, 9) to meet the DirectX hardware specifications that are released.


05-24-02, 05:18 PM
I know xp pro comes with 8.1 I'm not sure about the home version though. also you can't uninstall it easily and a game will not install 8.0 over 8.1. at least according to microsoft.

05-24-02, 05:29 PM
XP Home, Pro, and Corporate were all released with 8.1 as the default. What version of 3DMark are you running? Is it 2001, or 2001SE?

Nismo Nate
05-24-02, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by takiwa
XP Home, Pro, and Corporate were all released with 8.1 as the default. What version of 3DMark are you running? Is it 2001, or 2001SE?

i'm running 2001pro build200

05-24-02, 07:25 PM
Have you tried upgrading to 2001SE? 2001 had native support for 8.0, 2001SE for 8.1. I don't know why this would make a difference on your system, but it may be the reason. Try upgrading and see what happens.