How to Fix Microsoft.directx.directinput.dll Errors

If restarting your PC doesn't fix it, reinstall the program showing the error

Microsoft.directx.directinput.dll issues are caused in one way or another by a problem with Microsoft DirectX.

This 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, microsoft.directx.directinput DLL errors usually show up only when using these programs.

Microsoft DirectInput is used to process data from a game controller, like a joystick or mouse.

Microsoft.directx.directinput.dll Errors

Microsoft.directx.directinput DLL error message in Windows

There are several ways that microsoft.directx.directinput.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are a few of the more common error messages you might see:

  • Microsoft.directx.directinput.dll not found. Reinstalling might help fix this.
  • The file microsoft.directx.directinput.dll is missing
  • Microsoft.directx.directinput.DLL Not Found
  • File microsoft.directx.directinput.dll not found

The error message could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, but it's most likely seen with video games more than other software programs. The error could appear at any point during the use of the game or application, but DLL errors like this are more often seen when the game first opens.

Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by microsoft.directx.directinput.dll and other DirectX issues. This includes Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix Microsoft.directx.directinput.dll Errors

Follow these steps in the order they're presented here to address the simpler fixes first.

Do not download the microsoft.directx.directinput.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site." There are a number of reasons why downloading DLLs from these sites is never a good idea. If you've already done so, delete it from wherever you saved it, and continue with these steps.

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet. The microsoft.directx.directinput.dll error might be a fluke and a simple restart could clear it up completely.

  2. Install the latest version of Microsoft DirectX. Chances are, upgrading to the latest version will fix the microsoft.directx.directinput.dll not found error.

    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.

  3. Assuming the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the error, look for a DirectX installation program on your game or application DVD or CD. Sometimes the software developers will include a copy of DirectX on the installation disc if their game or program utilizes DirectX.

    Sometimes, though not often, the version included on the disc is a better fit for the program than the latest version available from Microsoft.

  4. Uninstall the game or software program and then reinstall it again. Something might have happened to the files in the program that work with microsoft.directx.directinput.dll and a reinstall could do the trick.

  5. Restore the microsoft.directx.directinput.dll file from the latest DirectX software package. If the above troubleshooting steps haven't worked to solve your error, try extracting this DLL file individually from the DirectX downloadable package.

  6. 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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