How to Fix D3dx9_29.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide

Screenshot of a D3dx9_29 DLL Error Message
D3dx9_29.dll Error Message.

Unlike many other DLL errors which can have complicated causes and fixes, d3dx9_29.dll issues are caused in one way or another by a single issue - some kind of problem with Microsoft DirectX.

The d3dx9_29.dll file is one of many files contained in the DirectX software collection. Since DirectX is utilized by most Windows-based games and advanced graphics programs, d3dx9_29.dll errors usually show up only when using these programs.

There are quite a few different ways that d3dx9_29.dll errors may show up on your PC. Some of the more common d3dx9_29.dll errors are listed here.

D3DX9_29.DLL Not Found
File d3dx9_29.dll not found
Error while starting game executable - couldn't load DLL file d3dx9_29.dll
D3dx9_29.dll is missing
D3DX9_29.DLL is missing. Replace D3DX9_29.DLL and try again
D3dx9_29.dll not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem
Missing component d3dx9_29.dll
This application failed to start because d3dx9_29.dll was not found

The d3dx9_29.dll error message could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, but it's most commonly seen in video games. You might see this error when the game is first started but it could also display after a game is loaded but right before the game begins.

Some common games that have been known to generate d3dx9_29.dll errors include Battlefield 2142, The Movies, Gothic 3, The Settlers: Honey for the King, Caesar IV, Scarface: The World is Yours, OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast, Command & Conquer 3, Infernal, and more.

Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by d3dx9_29.dll and other DirectX issues. This includes Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix D3dx9_29.dll Errors

Important Note: Do not, under any circumstances, download the d3dx9_29.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.

Note: If you've already downloaded d3dx9_29.dll from one of those DLL download sites, remove it from wherever you put it and continue with the following steps.

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet done so.
    1. The d3dx9_29.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_29.dll not found error.
    1. 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.
    2. Note: The same DirectX installation program works with all versions of Windows including Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. It will replace any missing DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 file.
  3. Assuming the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the d3dx9_29.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 DirectX on the installation disc.
    1. Sometimes, though not often, the DirectX version included on the disc is a better fit for the program than the latest version available online.
  1. 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_29.dll and a reinstall could do the trick.
  2. Restore the d3dx9_29.dll file from the latest DirectX package. If the above standard troubleshooting steps haven't worked to solve your d3dx9_29.dll error, try extracting the d3dx9_29.dll file individually from the DirectX package.
  3. 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.