DirectX website: Windows XP now second-class citizen?

Discussion in 'Game Development (Technical)' started by Adrian Lopez, May 12, 2007.

  1. Adrian Lopez

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    A link to the old DirectX website (www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/) now redirects users to the DirectX 10 section of the Games for Windows website. That section of the website is currently just a blurb about DirectX 10 and doesn't contain any links to the DX9 end-user downloads. It appears that Windows XP is quickly becoming a second-class citizen.

    How do you lead your players to the necessary DirectX runtime components?
     
  2. Pyabo

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    Microsoft has forgotten why they made DirectX in the first place.
     
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    > I have about 20 times this URL, on my website and in my games

    To avoid this problem, I have a tiny html file on my main site:

    get_directx.html for example.

    This is how it look:

    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0; URL=http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2DA43D38-DB71-4C1B-BC6A-9B6652CD92A3&displaylang=en">
    </head>
    </html>


    So, for every reference to DirectX, I just point to this link. I only need to update in one place.

    I recommand you to do something similar for your 'BUY NOW' button/link. Just in case you want to change your ecommerce provider.

    JC
     
  6. tau

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    Well, M$ is pushing their Vista, what can you say? They just force a non-tech-savvy users to upgrade. For me, I'm fine with Win2000 still :D
     
  7. GolfHacker

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    Dell and other OEMs are once again offering XP as an option on machines, because people don't like Vista and were choosing not to upgrade their computers. So I think XP is going to be around for a long while yet.
     

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