This software is essentially a bundle of application programming interfaces (APIs). It is intended to work with multimedia such as games and flash videos in order to streamline the experience of the end user.
DirectX has been developed by Microsoft engineers and it can only be used with these operating systems. However, Mac users can obtain alternatives to this API. Some common options include OpenGL, Vulkan and SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer).
Users will not be charged to install this program into their operating system. It is still wise to download this program from the official website, as third-party providers may be associated with malware and other types of threats.
As of the time that this article was written, the latest version is DirectX 11.1. Please note that there are no stand-alone updates for this variant. However, some operating systems such as Windows 8.1 are equipped with the 11.2 upgrade.
Assuming that you are running a Microsoft-based system, this bundle will already have been installed as an original component. However, the fact that it could be outdated signifies that it is wise to consult with the official website in order to obtain the latest updates.
This is an officially licensed Windows product and therefore, it has been thoroughly tested to be free from spyware, malware and other types of known threats. Obtaining the latest version will provide you with an additional layer of security.
This current bundle can work together with many Windows systems. These include Windows XP (Service Packs 2 and 3), Windows Server 2003 (Service Packs 1 and 2), Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
This is an option presented immediately before the download begins. Assuming that it will be installed in the future, you will choose the "Save this program to disk" option. It can then be run when you see fit.
This bundle will only need 299.86 kilobytes of memory. It should therefore not affect the performance of most Windows operating systems. Please note that the Runtime variant (Direct3D and DirectSound) are not included and that they will require additional free hard drive space. This is normally the case if they are desired for advanced gaming purposes.
This program runs in the background of an operating system during multimedia playback, so the user will not need to perform any manual tasks. However, it is possible to "force quit" the bundle in the event that it is causing system instability.