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DirectX 8.1 for Windows 98/Me
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Windows 98/Me






Windows 98/Me
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This DirectX 8.1 download is for Windows 98/Me. It is the highest release of DirectX that will run on Windows 98 or Windows Me (later versions such as DirectX 9 will NOT run on these versions of Windows). Windows 2000/XP/Vista users should get the later release here.

DirectX 8.1 will help improve multimedia experiences on most PCs. This version of DirectX offers updated graphics, faster frame rates, and support for massively multiplayer games. It also offers more immersive audio when running and displaying programs rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3-D animation and surround sound. If you had an earlier version of DirectX installed on your system, you will see little difference in available space on your hard drive following the installation. DirectX 8.1 will overwrite any earlier versions.

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Important note: After installation, the DirectX 8.1 run time cannot be uninstalled. DirectX is a system component. It cannot be uninstalled without reinstalling your operating system (!).