How to Fix DirectX Error for Nancy Drew Games on Windows 10 and 11
If you are a fan of Nancy Drew games, you may have encountered a DirectX error when trying to play some of the older titles on Windows 10 or 11. This error may prevent the game from launching or cause graphics issues. In this article, we will show you how to fix this common problem and enjoy your favorite mystery games.
What is DirectX and why do you need it
DirectX is a collection of software components that enable your computer to run multimedia applications, such as games, videos, and audio. DirectX provides a common interface between your hardware and software, so that different programs can use the same graphics and sound capabilities.
Nancy Drew games use DirectX to render the graphics and play the sounds of the game. However, some of the older games were designed for older versions of DirectX, such as DirectX 9.0. If you have a newer version of DirectX installed on your computer, such as DirectX 12, you may encounter compatibility issues with these games.
How to fix DirectX error for Nancy Drew games on Windows 10 and 11
There are a few possible solutions to fix the DirectX error for Nancy Drew games on Windows 10 and 11. Here are some of them:
Install DirectX 9.0. You can download the DirectX End-User Runtime (June 2010) from Microsoft to get a package of the older versions. It will not affect your current installed DirectX. After downloading, you must extract the file into a folder (create a new one and name it the same) and then, click DXSetup in the folder to install it[^2^].
Enable DirectPlay. DirectPlay is a legacy component of DirectX that some older games may require. To enable it on Windows 10 or 11, go to Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off. Click + next to Legacy Components, mark DirectPlay, click OK. Agree if asked for any update permission[^1^].
Run the game in compatibility mode. You can try to run the game in compatibility mode for an older version of Windows, such as Windows XP or Windows 7. To do this, right-click on the game's executable file (usually called game.exe or nancydrew.exe) and select Properties. Go to Compatibility tab and check Run this program in compatibility mode for. Choose a suitable option from the drop-down menu and click OK.
Browse local files. You can also try to launch the game directly from its local files instead of using Steam or other launchers. To do this, right-click on the game in your Steam library list and click Manage then Browse local files. It will take you to where the local files are installed on your computer. Now all you have to do is double-click on the application file (it's called game.exe or nancydrew.exe) and it should open the game[^1^]. You can also create a shortcut of this file on your desktop for easy access.
We hope this article helped you fix the DirectX error for Nancy Drew games on Windows 10 and 11. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy sleuthing! aa16f39245