How to download and install DirectX 12 on Windows 10

The DirectX is a group consisted of more programs made for easier fulfilling of tasks related to the programming of the games. DirectX 12 is included in the Windows 10 package and updated automatically. But, are you wondering how to download and install DirectX 12 on Windows 10? In this article, we will try to explain this topic and represent you with a solution that might be working for you, so keep reading the following.

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What are the DirectX’s functions?

It has a lot of functions but was created as software related to the game’s programming on Windows operating system. So, DirectX is processing a lot of data such as keyboard, mouse, joystick, also works in the section of web communication in the games, to play and record the sound, and many other functions. As the list of the functions is quite big, one can say the DirectX is important for the proper function of your operating system and many of its tools. The DirectX 12 version is coming integrated with the Windows 10 operating system, and only this system is supporting the version !2 of the DirectX. All files related to this version are available only through the updates.


To download DirectX here is what you should do. Go to the official Microsoft’s web page and find the DirectX download page. You will see there the option to choose the language, so set one you prefer. Next to the language menu, there is a Download button. Click on it, and wait a few moments until it is downloaded. Now, you will have the setup file downloaded, so run it and follow the instructions on the screen. You can set all the options and install the program very quickly. It doesn’t take more than a minute to do be downloaded. The last step you need to do is restart your computer, and then check if the latest version of the DirectX resolved the problem that you were facing. Although the restart is not a must, we recommend you do it after any program’s installation, as well as after the installation of DirectX.


As the DirectX 12 doesn’t come as the self-standing program that you can download for Windows 10, you can only update it using the Windows update option. To do so, go to the main menu hitting the Start icon, and type Check into the research bar. You will see the Check for updates option. This is the option that you need, so click on it.

Now, you are supposed to follow the directions from the window that has just been opened after clicking on the Check for updates option. Windows update option will download and install the latest updates for DirectX automatically.

Check the current version

If you want to check which version of DirectX you have before you download the program, and install the updates, you should do this. Hit the Start menu, and open the Run option. The shorter way to do so is to squeeze the Windows key and R key on the keyboard.  Then, in the box for research type in the “dxdiag” command. The window with a lot of information will pop out. Under the heading System, you will be able to see the version of the DirectX that you currently have.

So, if you are still thinking about how to download DirectX 12 on your device, you should consider buying a new one, because this program is included in the Windows 10 operating system and there is no available to download online. You can only download and install updates.