Microsoft DirectX Drivers (Windows 98/98SE/Me)

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Microsoft DirectX Drivers (Windows 98/98SE/Me)

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After installation, the DirectX 8.1 runtime cannot be uninstalled. DirectX is a system component. It cannot be uninstalled without reinstalling your operating system. Users of Windows 95 should continue using DirectX 8.0a. Applications designed for DirectX 8.1 take advantage of advanced features in computers running more recent versions of Windows, including Windows 98 and later versions. offers this page for informational purposes only.

Developer’s Description

By Microsoft DirectX is the multimedia system foundation for Windows operating systems. Through DirectX, programs take full advantage of your system to give you the best multimedia experience possible. This version of DirectX offers updated graphics, faster frame rates, and support for massively multiplayer games. It also offers more immersive audio when running and displaying programs rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3-D animation, and surround sound. If you had an earlier version of DirectX installed on your system, you will see little difference in available space on your hard drive following the installation.

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DirectX 8.1 will overwrite any earlier versions. DirectX 8.1 provides the latest update to the DirectX technology. It will ensure trouble-free installation and includes the latest USB game controller updates in addition to the features provided by DirectX 8.0.

Full Specifications

What’s new in version 8.1


Release December 5, 2008 Date Added November 14, 2001 Version 8.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Additional Requirements None


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