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Force a game to run a particular version of DirectX / Direct3D
So, for example, you got this game running in DirectX 11 mode, but the game also supports DirectX 9 + DirectX 10 but there's no way to change it manually? No problem, there's a simple way to enforce a particular version of DirectX for your old Graphics Card.

First of all, step into Settings -> Apps -> Optional Features -> Add a feature and wait for the list to load.
In case the list doesn't load in a few minutes, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to open the Task Manager, search for "Settings", end the task and repeat the step again.

Click "Graphics Tools" and select "Install", then go back using the arrow on top left of the window.

The feature will be installing, wait for the process to complete.

Once done, press Windows Key + R to open the Run window, type in
dxcpl
and press Enter.

In the "Direct3D 10/11/12" tab, click "Edit List...", then click the "..." button and browse for the main game executable, then click "Add" and "OK". You can add any executable you want to run with the same settings.

Once done, you'll notice that all the settings in the window are now clickable. Check "Device Settings" on bottom, tick "Disable Feature Level Upgrade", then choose any version you want next to "Feature level limit".
Make sure the version you're choosing is supported by the game, otherwise it won't launch. If the game gives a DirectX fatal error, you may need to use a different version. You can't force versions below 9.

Once done, click OK and launch your game.
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Semis Jul 2, 2022 @ 8:24am 
sorry to revive such an old post, but does this still work? i need help forcing a non-steam game to use directx11 instead of directx12.

i've done up to installing the graphics tools, but my system cannot find "dxcp1".
Originally posted by Semis:
sorry to revive such an old post, but does this still work? i need help forcing a non-steam game to use directx11 instead of directx12.

i've done up to installing the graphics tools, but my system cannot find "dxcp1".
Hi, it's dxcpl, not dxcp1 (it's an L).
If the game supports said versions (but doesn't give a way to use them) you can force them with dxcpl.
Semis Jul 2, 2022 @ 5:59pm 
lmao thank you, that is a hilarious misinterpretation. it worked! thank you very much.
Xealz Jan 28 @ 2:30pm 
does this still work? cause its giving me an error, like it doesnt exist, so is there a new way to do it? it says "windows cannot find 'dxcpl'"
Originally posted by Xealz:
does this still work? cause its giving me an error, like it doesnt exist, so is there a new way to do it? it says "windows cannot find 'dxcpl'"
It still works, you need to install graphics tools from "additional features". Works in Windows 10 and 11.
Semis Jan 28 @ 4:07pm 
Originally posted by Xealz:
does this still work? cause its giving me an error, like it doesnt exist, so is there a new way to do it? it says "windows cannot find 'dxcpl'"
I'm on Windows 10 right now, I am still able to search it up. Unless you're on a different version, not sure why it doesn't show up. Maybe reinstall some DirectX drivers and C++ redistributable packages?
Installing Graphics Tools is enough to get the dxcpl utility. Additional redistributables and end-user runtimes shouldn't really matter.
Last edited by Melody [Digital Harmony]; Jan 28 @ 5:21pm
Xealz Jan 29 @ 6:02am 
Originally posted by Melody Digital Harmony:
Installing Graphics Tools is enough to get the dxcpl utility. Additional redistributables and end-user runtimes shouldn't really matter.
Where can i find the "Graphics tools" you're speaking of?
i've tried searching on the web and youtube but they all want me to go into some "optional features" in app settings but i dont have that option.
Originally posted by Xealz:
Originally posted by Melody Digital Harmony:
Installing Graphics Tools is enough to get the dxcpl utility. Additional redistributables and end-user runtimes shouldn't really matter.
Where can i find the "Graphics tools" you're speaking of?
i've tried searching on the web and youtube but they all want me to go into some "optional features" in app settings but i dont have that option.
It is indeed in the optional features section of your PC settings. In a computer running Windows 11, reach Settings, go to System and open "Optional features".

You can also look for that section by searching in the start menu.
Last edited by Melody [Digital Harmony]; Jan 29 @ 6:05am
Xealz Jan 30 @ 1:03pm 
Originally posted by Melody Digital Harmony:
Originally posted by Xealz:
Where can i find the "Graphics tools" you're speaking of?
i've tried searching on the web and youtube but they all want me to go into some "optional features" in app settings but i dont have that option.
It is indeed in the optional features section of your PC settings. In a computer running Windows 11, reach Settings, go to System and open "Optional features".

You can also look for that section by searching in the start menu.

Thank you, although i use windows 10 pro. i dont know why i can find it the same place as windows 11 lmao, but i got it now.
but what's the difference between 11_1 and 11_0?
Last edited by Xealz; Jan 30 @ 1:11pm
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