How to Fix D3dx9_26.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for D3dx9_26.dll Errors

Screenshot of a D3dx9_26 DLL Error Message in Windows
D3dx9_26.dll Error Message.

Unlike many other DLL file errors which can have complicated causes and fixes, d3dx9_26.dll issues are caused in one way or another by a single issue - a problem of some sort with Microsoft DirectX.

The d3dx9_26.dll file is one of a number of files contained within DirectX. Since DirectX is utilized by most Windows based games and advanced graphics programs, d3dx9_26.dll errors usually show up only when using these programs.

There are quite a few different ways that d3dx9_26.dll errors may show up on your computer. Some of the more common d3dx9_26.dll error messages are listed below.

D3DX9_26.DLL Not Found
File d3dx9_26.dll not found
The dynamic link library d3dx9_26.dll could not be found in the specified path [PATH]
The file d3dx9_26.dll is missing
D3DX9_26.DLL is missing. Replace D3DX9_26.DLL and try again
D3dx9_26.dll - Unable to Locate Component
This application has failed to start because d3dx9_26.dll could not be found

D3dx9_26.dll errors typically appear when a software program, usually a game or graphics program, is started. In non-game applications, a d3dx9_26.dll error might appear before certain advanced graphics features of the program are used.

However, considering that d3dx9_26.dll error messages could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, they're commonly seen in video games.

Some common games and other programs that have been known to generate d3dx9_26.dll errors include Civilization IV, Autodesk 3ds Max, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, pSX Emulator (a Sony Playstation emulator), and more.

Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by d3dx9_26.dll and other DirectX issues.

This includes Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix D3dx9_26.dll Errors

Important: Do not, under any circumstances, download the d3dx9_26.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site". There are a number of different reasons that downloading DLLs from these sites is never a good idea. If you've already downloaded d3dx9_26.dll from one of those DLL download sites, remove it from whatever folder you copied it to and then continue with the following steps.

Note: Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the d3dx9_26.dll error.

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet done so.

    The d3dx9_26.dll error might be a fluke or one-time issue, and a simple restart could clear it up completely. It's unlikely this will fix the problem, but restarting is always a good first troubleshooting step.
     
  2. Install the latest version of Microsoft DirectX. Chances are, upgrading to the latest version of DirectX will fix the d3dx9_26.dll not found error.

    Note: Microsoft often releases updates to DirectX without updating the version number or letter so be sure to install the latest release even if your version is technically the same.

    Note: The same DirectX installation program works with all versions of Windows including Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, and more. It will replace any missing DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 file.
     
  1. If the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the d3dx9_26.dll error you're receiving, look for a DirectX installation program on your game or application CD or DVD. Usually, if a game or ​another program utilizes DirectX, the software developers will include a copy of it on the installation disc.

    Sometimes, though not very often, the DirectX version included on the disc works better with the software program than the latest version available online.
     
  2. Uninstall the game or software program and then reinstall it again. Something may have happened to the files in the program that work with d3dx9_26.dll and a reinstall could do the trick.
     
  1. Restore the d3dx9_26.dll file from the latest DirectX package. If the above steps haven't worked to correct your d3dx9_26.dll error, try extracting the d3dx9_26.dll file individually from the DirectX package.
     
  2. Update the drivers for your video card. While it's not the most common solution, in some situations updating the drivers for the video card in your computer could correct this DirectX issue.

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