If trying to start a video game on your Windows PC, a window opened with the message: Fatal DirectX error , don’t worry, there is a simple solution. Here’s what the fatal DirectX error is and how to fix it .
- What is DirectX from Microsoft
- How to fix DirectX
- Check the DirectX system requirements
- Update graphics card driver
- Adjust the screen size
- See also: Fatal error directx
What is DirectX from Microsoft
DirectX is an API component , that is, a package of application programming resources that serves as a support so that complex functions of playing graphics and other multimedia features, such as 3D , present in video games can be activated .
It is a resource that Microsoft created specifically for Windows and can be requested when installing games . Usually DirectX is already integrated on your PC, you can still download the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer to update the current version of DirectX.
How to fix DirectX
As explained initially, DirectX is used to launch the game’s advanced multimedia features, so when the unrecoverable error message appears it means that these graphics functions cannot be performed.
To fix it you will need to take a look at both the game requirement settings , the DirectX version and the graphics card driver . Despite this, in some cases, you can solve the problem by changing the screen resolution settings.
The DirectX Unrecoverable Error message usually appears when launching games like Call of Duty, but can also occur with other games. Here are some possible solutions.
Check the DirectX system requirements
There are video games that require the installation of DirectX and there are differences between these, depending on the compatibility with a more or less recent version of DirectX . Most modern video games, for example, require the use of newer systems, such as DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 .
The solution could be very simple:
– Go to the official page of the video game and check the version of DirectX that the system requires ( for example, here you will find the minimum requirements for Call of Duty: Warzone ).
– Then open DirectX to check which version is installed on your PC. Here’s how to do it:
- Press the Win+ R keys to open Run
- Type DxDiagin the search bar
- Pressing OKwill open a screen with the diagnosis page, with the DirectX version.
If you have an older version than required, update it with the Windows Update option . You will then need to update all Windows components. When installing DirectX for the first time, it will download the latest version and after that it should automatically update with the system.
However, not all versions of Windows are compatible with the latest version of DirectX. Only Windows 10 and Server 2016 are compatible with the latest DirectX 11.3 and 12 versions.
If for example the game you want to start requires DirectX 12 and your Windows 7 operating system, you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 to resolve the DirectX fatal error .
Update graphics card driver
Another option is to update the graphics card to the latest version available. Here are the steps to follow:
– Go to Control Panel (if you can’t find it, press the many Win + Xs .
– Double-click on Display and the Graphics Card option will appear in the list . Right -click and click on Uninstall device .
– Select the Delete the driver settings for this device and then Uninstall .
– Get back (manually or automatically) on your graphics card driver.
– Restart your PC. If a window opens to find the graphics card driver, click Cancel .
– Go to the new graphics card driver download file, install and launch it.
- We recommend that you opt for the automatic searchfor the latest version of the graphics card driver. If you do it manually you will be more likely to get it wrong. Therefore we recommend that you install a specific program to regularly find driver updates, such as TweakBit Driver Updater .
Adjust the screen size
An option to consider to solve this problem is to check if changing the screen size the error message disappears and DirectX manages to start the game. To do this:
– From the PC desktop click with the right mouse button to open the display settings.
– On the option Scaling and layout (Scale and layout) and select customize .
– Enter 100% , then OK and try to start the game again to find out if the problem is gone.
If it doesn’t go away like this, we recommend you try one of the first two options above.
Here you will find more details regarding Windows system compatibility with DirectX versions.