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Joshua T. Sweitzer
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 1:34 pm:   

I tried installing DirectX8.1 on my comp and when it asked to restart computer so it could update the settings before it actually got back into windows I got an error message that said could not upgrade file from 1%-2%. After I got past that and into windows I uninstalled DirectX and decided to try another version I went to or somthin a microsoft web site and downloaded directX8.1 This time when I installed it it came with Direct3D or somthin and it didnt work I didnt get the error message again but now when I try to play any of my newer games it trys to start Direct3D and crashes the program. I cant find the uninstall for Direct3D or X ot whatever it is WHAT DO I DO?
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 8:14 pm:   

I had the same problem with directx 8.1. Many of the games I had installed wouldn't play. I found this to be true on 2 other computers as well. Since you can no longer uninstall directx, I formatted my hard drive and started over. I have installed directx 8.0 with no problem.
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - 7:21 am:   

actually, there is a way to uninstall and revert back to a previous version. ,or if you can find it, an upgraded version DxUn13.exe. however, since these versions have been discontinued, you can go here: and try this tool.

use at your own risk. if it messes up, you may have to reinstall. i'm still looking for the page from long ago about deleting manually. i can't seem to find it, but i either have a link or a copy of it somewhere. it detailed how to delete files and the parts of the registry that would tell windows what version drivers you had and tell it you don't have that version anymore after you reboot. once done, you would have been able to install any version you wish. sorry, i'm packing things and it's been so long. i think the web site itself may no longer exist. i do know i made a copy somewhere...... but this may get you started. please read the faq for it, and have at least a version 5.x directx handy to install for the moment after you uninstall the newer one. windows requires it, at the very least.
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - 7:54 pm:   

After Win's statement I did a little checking and it seems directx 8.1 doesn't work well with older video cards. I did find a site that has software to remove 8.1, but it sounds a little shaky to me.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - 6:28 pm:   

On startup, Matrox Power Desk Diagnostics tells me I have an older version of DirectX and gives me an error code 22. I download DirectX 8 and install it. The install says it was sucessful but I still get this diagnostic every time I boot my computer.

Since I have been getting this diagnostic, I have been unable to install programs. They fail telling me that they can not find WS2_32.dll.

WS2_32.DLL is included in MS Winsock 2.0

I downloaded this and attempted to run it. It said Winsock 2.0 was not compatible with DCOM.

Win95(A), which I am using) has a file called Wsock32.dll but no file WS2_32.dll.

Can anyone tell me what to do about this?
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 1:51 pm:   

mmmmmmm...... you can upgrade to win98 osr2(B) or C, or win 98. but if i were to upgrade at all.......... i'd do a fresh install of either ones. upgrades are fine, but you also get any bugs left over from an old installation.
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004 - 1:51 am:   

I have win98 operating sys. on my p.c. When i start the games which need directx e.g. brian lara cricket,fifa 2000,deltaforce2 & age of empires my comp. automatically restarts after 5-6 minutes. I have tried installing directx6,8,9 but still the prob. is same plezz tell me the ans.

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