Download DirectX Updates From Microsoft Store

DirectX is a collection of APIs for enhancing multimedia including video, sound, and gaming. Microsoft used to offer new versions of DirectX as separate downloads. Although DirectX downloads are still available but from Windows 10, DirectX is updated using Windows Update.

It seems like Microsoft is changing the strategy again and DirectX will be offered in Microsoft Store. This means that the users will be able to update their DirectX installation instantly from Microsoft Store and not wait for the cumulative updates offered by Microsoft a few times a month.

Buy DirectX Runtime from Microsoft Store
Buy DirectX Runtime from Microsoft Store

The current versions of DirectX in Windows 10 are 11.3 and 12. If you go to Microsoft Store and search for DirectX, you will not find anything. But if you go to this Store link, you will come across an entry DirectX Runtime. Interestingly, the title of the page says “Buy DirectX Runtime”. But the page says that ‘DirectX Runtime is currently not available”.

The availability of the runtime is for Xbox One, HoloLens, PC, Mobile device and Hub. The release date is listed as 27th November 2018 and the size is 126.7 MB.

When I checked Microsoft Store servers for possible availability of the runtime file, interestingly I found the file with the version no. 9.29.952.0. It is available for both 64-bit and 32-bit systems and it is available for all Windows update rings. And the Windows version should be 18200.0 or higher meaning that Windows 10 Version 1903 will be compatible.

You can also download and install this DirectX Runtime file now. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Go to store.rg-adguard.net
  2. Enter the following URL in the field:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/directx-runtime/9npv76s164x5?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
  3. Click the tick button and it will generate the direct download links for all available files against the provided link. Download the file according to your system architecture:
    For 64-bit –> Microsoft.DirectXRuntime_9.29.952.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx
    For 32-bit –> Microsoft.DirectXRuntime_9.29.952.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx
  4. You will need to enable the Windows developer mode to install these files. To enable the developer mode, go to Settings (Windows key + i) –> Update & Security –> For developers. Check the Developer mode radio button.

    Enable developer mode
    Enable developer mode
  5. Double-click the downloaded app and follow the instructions to install.

    Install DirectX
    Install DirectX

I’m not sure whether it will update the original DirectX version of just update the API files. I installed it on a test virtual machine but didn’t see any changes. If you discover anything, please share it in the comments below.

Overall, I think this is a good strategy from Microsoft to sideload DirectX updates to Microsoft Store. It will help users update the runtime instantly when an update is available. It’s only a matter of time when Microsoft makes it available to everyone in the store. The only thing that worries me is the title of the Store page which says “Buy DirectX Runtime”. Will Microsoft make the DirectX update paid? Let’s wait and see what happens.

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