Uninstall DirectX

Uninstall DirectX

In this tutorial you will learnt how to uninstall DirectX 9 back to DirectX 8. Before you can begin you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP CD

Once you have it continue to the step 1.

Step 1 - Tools

You need to download a free third party tool called DirectX 9 Uninstaller. Extract it to the following directory: C:\DXTEMP
NOTE: this directory is required for the tool to run properly!

Step 2 - Safe Mode

DirectX 9 Uninstaller will not work outside of safe mode, because system files it needs to replace are in use. Follow these steps to go into safe mode:

Restart your computer.

Hit F8 before windows logo will appear to go to mode selection.

Now select Safe Mode.

Step 3 - Removal

In safe mode, to uninstall DirectX 9 using DirectX 9 Uninstaller, insert your Windows XP CD. Navigate to C:\DXTEMP and execute UnDx9.bat. Once the application has finished its job, restart your computer and DirectX 9 will no longer be installed.