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04-05-2001, 01:33 PM
Installed Direct X 8 on a WIN98 machine. Now at startup I get
a dialog box stating System File Error - The files below were replaced
with older versions by a program you recently ran. Restart your system
so windows can automatically fix them. Problem is restarting doesn't
fix the errors. Also, dxdiag says I've got ver 6.1 yet I have programs
that need 7.0 and they run fine. Any help appreciated.

04-05-2001, 02:06 PM
Here is what I would do (others might have a better solution): Start computer in "Safe Mode".....go to Control Panel/add remove programs and remove Direct X 8.......then reinstall- if you dare http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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04-05-2001, 03:00 PM

Only one small problem with that.
DirectX does not have an uninstall.
In fact NONE of the direct X distros have an uninstall.


First try to reinstall directx 8 again.
If it still fails.

Do a search for the file name "DXUNINST on one of the search engines.
It's a small script file/program to uninstall directx.
Or if you like I can e-mail you a copy.

Just follow the directions included with the file and remove direct x,
The reinstall the version you want to use.

04-05-2001, 04:18 PM
Dang http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif.......didnt all of the previous versions of Direct X show up in Add/Remove programs in Control Panel?? I have Direct X 8 and sure enough, it doesnt show at all.

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04-06-2001, 03:25 AM
Actually no they didn't
If I recall one of the messages on the M$ directX site warns that the only way to uninstall directx is to format the drive.

Well leave it to a lazy computer user to find a way around that shortcoming http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
( Format to remove a driver ? NOT In this life time)

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04-06-2001, 09:23 AM
Never looked till just now, I think I'm still running DirectX 5 (don't laugh, it works) dxdiag refuses to work, says it can't find the exe file, and I don't see DirectX anything in Add/Remove Programs. So I guess either format or find and delete it (YIKES!) would be the only ways to remove it. Don't think I'd want to do either...

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04-06-2001, 10:34 AM
I searched google yesterday and found several free Direct X removal programs.....I downloaded dxb133.exe from a site and it CLAIMS to get rid of direct x (from 8 all the way back).

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04-06-2001, 09:06 PM
Of course there is the tedious way to do it, manually (if you have a lot of time). You can search the registry and remove everything dealing with DirectX, just back up the registry first and to be safe export the keys to a folder before you delete them. I found out about the DirectX deletion programs after accidentally deleting one DX dll and it wouldn't reinstall no matter what....so I manually deleted DX from the registry and then reinstalled......

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