How to fix Failed to initialize Direct3D error on Windows 10?

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Issue: How to fix Failed to initialize Direct3D error on Windows 10?

Hi, I am currently running Windows 10, and whenever I want to start a video game, I get the following message: Failed to initialize Direct3D. Make sure you have at least DirectX 9.0c installed, have drivers for your graphics card and have not disabled 3D acceleration in display settings. InitializeEngineGraphics failed.” I am not sure how to fix this? Hope that somebody can help me. Thanks for advice.

Solved Answer

Direct3D is a graphics application programming interface (API)[1] designed for Windows operating systems. The app is part of DirectX and is used to render 3D graphics in programs which require intense graphics processing, such as HD video rendering or video games. The API works closely with the GPU to give the best results. Unfortunately, problems with Direct3D arise which might result in “Failed to initialize Direct3D” error.

Many reports were coming from multiple users complaining about the Direct3D error. It appears during startup of the application and affects numerous games, including Dungeons and Dragons,[2] Command and Conquer, RIFT and many others. It is incredibly annoying for users, as they want to dig into their favorite game as soon as possible.

Failed to initialize Direct3D error on Windows 10

The truth is, the error is not connected to the actual game (regardless of which one). Errors relating to Direct3D may be initiated because of the following issues:

  • Problems with hardware
  • Incorrectly installed application
  • Old DirectX version
  • Visual C++[3] problems
  • Corrupt or outdated drivers
  • Due to some virtualization apps, etc.

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Fix 1. Run Hardware troubleshooter

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One of the best solutions are to use built-in Windows tools to determine the cause of problem. For that, run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter:

  • Click on Start button and type Troubleshoot into the search bar
  • Click on Troubleshoot and scroll down in the Settings window
  • Find Hardware and Devices and click Run troubleshooter
  • Wait till Windows scans your device and see if the problem is fixedDirect3D error - run troubleshooter

Fix 2. Make sure your DirectX version is up to date

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“Failed to initialize Direct3D” error might occur because your DirectX version is outdated and does not meet the requirements (DirectX 9.0c and later). If these requirements are not met, you should update your DirectX version in the following way:

  • Press Windows button + R and type in dxdiag
  • DirectX diagnostic Tool should open
  • Under the System tab, make sure that the DirectX version is 9.0c or later (download and install the newest version of DirectX from Microsoft website)Direct3D error update DirectX
  • Then, under Display tab, make sure that Direct3D Acceleration is enabled

Fix 3. Update your graphics card driver

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The problem might be in corrupted or outdated drivers. Please follow these steps to manually update your graphics card drivers:

  • Right-click on Start and select Device Manager
  • Expand your Display adapters and locate your graphics card
  • Right-click on it and select Update Driver 
  • Select Search automatically for updated driver software and wait till new drivers are installed
  • Restart your computerDirect3D error update graphics drivers

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Fix 4. Reinstall Visual C++ Redistributables

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To reinstall Visual C++, follow these steps:

  • Click on Start button and type Control Panel into the search box
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program+
  • Select the Redistributable you want to remove, right-click on it and press UninstallDirect3D error Reinstall Visual C++
  • You can download and install the appropriate file from official Microsoft page
  • After all that is complete, restart your computer

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Olivia Morelli
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Olivia Morelli is a young, but a perspicacious IT expert who is currently just a year away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Systems. Her primary passion is cyber security, however, thanks to her detailed understanding of computer networks, operating systems and hardware, she can find a fix for any PC or Mac issue...

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