Download DirectX Updates

Two DirectX downloads have been published by Microsoft on April 18th, 2011 to the Download Center.

The software giant is now offering updated versions of DirectX End-User Runtimes and the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer.

According to the Redmond company, the DirectX End-User Runtimes are still the June 2010 release, however, it appears that Microsoft has yet to update all the details accompanying the download, since the version number was indeed modified, albeit only slightly, compared to the previous release.

DirectX End-User Runtimes provides developers with a package they can include with their software products.

“The DirectX redist installation includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. This includes D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components,” Microsoft revealed.

With the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer is essentially the websetup version of the DirectX End-User Runtimes.

Users that do not have an Internet connection on a specific PC can download the DirectX End-User Runtimes to another machine and install it while offline.

Otherwise, as long as an Internet connection is present, the best choice is obviously, the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer.

“The DirectX end-user installation includes the D3DX, HLSL Compiler, XInput, XAudio, and Managed DirectX 1.1 components,” the company added.

“Note that the DirectX Runtime (Direct3D, DirectInput, DirectSound) is not part of this package as it is included as part of the Windows operating system, and therefore cannot be installed or uninstalled. Updating the DirectX Runtime is achieved by installing the latest Service Pack or obtaining a newer version of Windows.”

At the time of this article Microsoft hadn’t republished the DirectX software development kit (SDK) to the Download Center, but I’ll monitor the company and make sure to provide an update when that happens, so keep your eyes on Softpedia.

DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer is available for download here.

DirectX End-User Runtimes is available for download here.

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