This is not exactly a new update but since there seem to be many folks out there who are unaware of this release we thought of posting it here. As of 25/4/2010, the latest available DirectX 9 end user runtime is version 9.28.1886 or better known as ‘DirectX 9.0c February 2010’ edition. Most people seem to overlook DX runtime updates but according to my experience, having the latest runtime can avoid a lot of crashes, freezes and other hiccups when running latest games. If you don’t believe it, go through our PC game troubleshooting articles and see how many comments say “updating DirectX fixed it for me” :p. So if you are using a Windows XP powered computer to play latest PC games, you should strongly consider this update.
If you try to download the latest runtime from Microsoft download center, you will by default be prompted to download the web installer. The web installer has one main advantage and a disadvantage. Advantage is that it will only download the files that need updating - your download size could vary between 20kb to 90mb. Disadvantage is that you cannot save the downloaded files to HDD and run the installer later (or reuse it on a different machine such as your home PC or another computer on the network).
If you know where to find it, Microsoft releases a separate version of DX runtime for developers. This is a fully redistributable, standalone copy of DirectX that may be installed anywhere, anytime and as many times as you want (seen the DXSETUP folder that usually comes on the game DVD?). You not need to have an internet connection to install this version as it does not download components on the fly.
We have included download links to both standalone and web installer of DX9 below. Choose whichever you prefer most.
[Click Here] to download DirectX 9.0c February 2010 Web Installer
[Click Here] to download DirectX 9.0c February 2010 Standalone/Offline Installer