This is a guide on how to enable and install DirectPlay on Windows. Direct Play is an old component of DirectX, it is important to old games and a good program for Windows games. Because, DirectPlay is more crucial to run games that originate before 2008 in Windows 10. Therefore, some old games don’t run without DirectPlay.
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How to enable or disable Direct Play on Windows 10/11, legacy components and direct play missing on PC, you can activate direct play, directdraw and direct3D on Windows 11.
What is Direct Play on Windows?
Direct Play is a significant level programming interface among applications and helps running games to be associated over the Internet, a modem connect, or offline games. It includes a bunch of windows based programs that helps players to run games and programs.
DirectPlay is a part of DirectX. In case you’re uncertain or have no clue about what it is, DirectX is a product created by Microsoft which is intended to connect with the PC’s OS and windows programs.
It includes application programming interfaces which are intended to deal with both 2D and 3D graphics related program undertakings. It is Direct Play that helps windows to play games.
DirectPlay Offline Installer
You can install DirectPlay Offline with the help of DirectX 9.0. Download link for Offline version of DirectPlay is given in the bottom of this article, we first recommend applying the original manual method since that works better. on the other hand, you still need DirectX to play games so, it is also a good idea to install that as well but let’s first install DirectPlay Manually.
How to enable DirectPlay in Windows 10
If this manual method doesn’t work in your windows, we first recommend installing newer version of Windows and proceeded to install DirectPlay manually. Follow below steps.
1. Click on Start from search.
2. Open Control Panel.
3. Click on Programs.
4. Click on ‘Programs and Features’.
5. Click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.
Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features\Turn Windows features on or off
6. Scroll down to click on + Legacy Components.
7. DirectPlay check-box and press OK.
Turn on Internet to update DirectPlay.
If the manual method doesn’t work than, you can download DirectX 9.0 do not worry it is already included with Direct Play. Simply install DirectX 9.0.
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