How to get correct installed directX version?

Posted on 2013-10-22
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Dear experts,

I need to find installed directX version by source code.
I read this question already http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Game/Q_26747833.html

I use [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\DirectX] registry.
But it seems not correct for DirectX 11:
-  My system uses Windows 8
-  I use dxdiag, it show [DirectX Version: DirectX 11]
-  But [Version] key in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\DirectX] is ""

So, please help me the way for getting the correct installed directX in system.

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chilternPC earned 500 total points
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Check out this note:

it says - may be altered or unavailable for releases after Windows 8.1.

You can use the D3D11 API. When you initialize D3D11, you can specify and/or query for the feature levels supported. You could  just attempt to initialize D3D10 and see if it fails.
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☠ MASQ ☠ earned 500 total points
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From DX 10 Microsoft stopped using the registry to store the version number - you can still quiz that location if you think the system has 9.0c or older but you'll need to decode the output string.

From DX10 onward the version is held in dxgi.dll (dxv.xml) and this is where DXDiag pulls the info from.

Programmatically (insert disclaimer here - I am not a programmer!) it seems it's difficult to extract it directly into anything usable.

The API for the D3D helper suggested above is a good compromise and includes source code for C++
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Thanks for closing this - sorry you felt the quality of the answer deserved the lowest grade available to you.

Without feedback from you though it is difficult to help you further.

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