WinXP Corp - DirectX Problems

Posted on 2002-07-24
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Ya know the phrase RTFM?

Well, I was having DirectX problems with my system, thought, thats fine, I'll just reinstall, found a version of dx81 for 2k and thought, sweet.

Well, I installed that version on my XP Box.

Now I have real problems.

Every now and then (at least twice a day) the system reboots itself automagically (typically when trying to use DirectX Video stuff) and when it reboots, the system has DISABLED HW Accelleration on my card.

Reinstalling that version of DirectX 8.1, rebooting, and it all works fine until the next reboot.

Any idea's for troubleshooting/fixing?

And "Reinstall WinXP" is not an answer, I want something quicker and easier ;)
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see if this helps
after removing, reinstall your video drivers, and directx
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Try this

Start > Run sfc /scannow

HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP;en-us;q306084

if that doesn't work then doing a System Restore might
Log on to Windows as Administrator.

Click Start , point to All Programs , point to Accessories , point to System Tools , and then click System Restore . System Restore starts.

On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next .

On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system checkpoint in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next . A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK .

On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next . System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.

Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page appears.

Click OK .

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You might need to do a Repair.
Click on How To Repair Windows XP by Reinstalling
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Here are a couple other DirectX removers but none of them mention XP as an OS that is supported. So I have my doubts about using any of these tools that don't state they will work on XP. In fact it may do more harm then good. Mainly because of the integration of DirectX into XP is much different then it is in the other Windows OS's. Even the one that Steve posted doesn't mention XP so proceed with extreme caution if you decide to try and use any of these tools.

DirectX Buster

DirectX Buster is a DirectX uninstaller for Windows 9X, ME and W2K. It supports DirectX from Version 5 (DirectX 3 not testet but should work properly) up to DirectX 8.1 inclusive all new components.


DirectX Eradicator

This utility is designed to safely remove the DirectX runtime core component from Windows 9X, Millennium and Windows 2000 operating systems. DXE gives you the power to install and uninstall any version of DirectX as you wish.


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try removing the directx software.
restart pc

go to
first install service packs and critical updates

then back to windowsupdate and load the directx software which can be found here:

Installation notes:
On Windows XP, you will need to download the latest Service Pack, or install the corresponding hot fixes. Please see Knowledge Base Articles



for more information.

see if this helps

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I'd forgotten all about this question!

Yup, clean it up, close it out.  None of the suggestions worked, turned out my MB was having issues and eventually it fried itself, new MB, same build, same DX, no problems at all.


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