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Thread: he file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems

  1. #1
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    May 2004

    Default he file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems


    Ran dxdiag today and this message "the file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems" appears in the directx files window!!! I'm running 9.0c and tried all the obvious things like re-installing Nvidia drivers and even tried using different versions but this has made no difference. I am unable to re-install directx as it runs and just goes straight to finish as it confirms I have the latest version installed!

    Help, cannot seem to clear this problem.


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    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: he file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems

    You could try reinstalling the chipset drivers, too. But, if nothing is going wrong, don't worry about it too much. Hell, it might just be a meaningless bug in 9.0C. Google around if you really want to know about more possible causes. That might lead you to a fix.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2005

    Default Re: he file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems

    I have had the same problem. Have you been recieving graphical glitches in windows and in games?

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    Feb 2005

    Lightbulb Re: he file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems

    The .cpl file extension is short for control panel, so directx.cpl refers to a file/program running under Control Panel. Open your control panel and look for the black and yellow "X" icon. This is the icon linked to the directx.cpl file. What this error message means is that you have an earlier version of this file which may not report or function correctly with later versions of DirectX. As far as I know, it shouldn't affect your ability to install or use later versions of DirectX (unless perhaps you have used it to change some of the settings.) It may simply misreport DirectX 9 as being DirectX 2 for example.

    You can download a newer version of the directx.cpl file for DirectX 9.0C at the following link:
    or just use the attached zip file which I downloaded from the same site. It's a Microsoft product so you can probably find it somewhere on their site as well. Unzip the file and either overwrite or copy the new directx.cpl file into the Windows/system32 folder (WinXP & 2000.) Try the Windows/system folder for Win98 & ME. When finished, look for the DirectX icon in your control panel and click for more info.

    If you don't already have this handy little utility, you might want to consider installing it on your PC. It also fits on a floppy so you can take it with you and quickly check the DirectX version running on any PC. It allows direct access to the DXdiag program as well. Just be careful not to mess with any settings you don't understand and you should be in good shape. That's why Microsoft didn't include this tool in their standard OS but made it available only to advanced users. Hope this was helpful guys and best of luck...
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    Feb 2010

    Default i have DX10 and the directx.cpl is older

    hi everybody....

    i have recently installed dx10 RC2 prefix3 and SDK FEB10(the latest version)
    and my control panel saying that it is older now what to do.....I have xp os and nvidia 9400GT graphics card........

    help me pls....

  6. #6
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    Central Alberta , Canada

    Default Re: he file directx.cpl is an older version which could cause problems

    So long as everything is working I don't think I'd worry too much. You are using a prerelease hacked method of running DX10 (on Windows XP I assume) ... it is no surprise that some files are going to have issues. If it all works be happy ... if not you may find more help on some of the sites that supply the install package for your hack.
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