How to Find Out if Your Computer Is Compatible With DirectX 10

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Operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows Vista feature support for Microsoft DirectX 10. High-end games that use the pixel shader 4.0 technology require DirectX 10 to be present in order to run successfully. However, the video card you use must also support DirectX 10. If your video card does not support DirectX 10, your computer will only run in DirectX 9 mode.

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  1. 1

    Open the Device Manager. To do so, click "Start," type "Device Manager" and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Expand the "Display Adapters" option by double-clicking on it.

  3. 3

    Right-click the name of the device listed under the "Display Adapters" option and click "Properties." The name and model number of the video card will be listed under the "General" tab.

  4. 4

    Visit your video card manufacturer's website to determine whether your video card model supports DirectX 10. For example, all NVIDIA video cards after the GeForce 8400 video card support DirectX 10.

Tips and warnings

  • Even if your computer has a DirectX 10 video card, you will not be able to run it in DirectX 10 mode on Windows operating systems that are older that Windows Vista.

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