Maintenance :: Enable Direct3D Acceleration For 32bit Apps In Windows 8
Aug 28, 2014
The Direct3D acceleration for 32bit Windows applications is disabled. I need to enable this so that most games and Direct3D using Windows Store apps start working again.
How it went:
Previously, Microsoft WDDM v1.0 drivers were installed (from Windows Update) and the system had no problems. Everything was working, well, almost everything. That was when I installed Minecraft. As I launched it, an error popped up saying 'pixel format not accelerated'. I researched on that and found out that it was an OpenGL issue. I downloaded and launched GPU Caps Viewer and found out OpenGL v1.1 on my system, whereas Minecraft needed 1.4 or more to run. I further researched and found that the Microsoft's WDDM v1.0 drivers supported the maximum OpenGL v1.1 (well, at least for my GPU). However on Intel's official site, it said my GPU CAN support OpenGL v1.4. And also on Minecraft forums someone said that Intel's drivers were needed for older GPU's in order for Minecraft to work. So I looked at the Download Center, but the latest drivers for my GPU were for Windows 7 32 and 64bit not Windows 8 [URL] .....
Upon thinking that at least Windows 7 drivers would work on Windows 8 if not XP's or Vista's, I downloaded the Windows 7 x64 drivers. They installed without an issue. Restarted my PC. Checked GPU Cap Viewer again, and voila! OpenGL version 1.4 was displayed. I re-installed Minecraft and it worked like a charm! Also checked another OpenGL animation software Blender and it was also working . But then I noticed something. Some Windows Store games and apps were exiting as soon as opened them. Also all the desktop games I have e.g Warcraft showed some Direct3D or DirectX related error. All of these applications were 32bit.
I then opened up "dxdiag".The 64bit version said "Enabled" for all three as you can see below:
But when I opened the 32bit one, first it said this:
And then on the display tab, Direct3D acceleration was disabled:
What have I tried:
1- As seen from some tutorials around the web, I went to Advanced Display settings but no troubleshoot tab was found:
So yeah, no moving the slider to right side to give 'Full' Direct3D/Hardware acceleration. Those XP days are long gone.
2- As stated above, I have updated the video drivers to 'Intel's' latest version. ( Also tried the second latest version just in case).
3- Updated the DirectX through web setup. It now says that newer or equivalent version is already installed. Also installed DirectX 9.0c (June 2010) all to no avail.
4- As referred by many people, I have checked this link: direct3D acceleration is not available in Windows 7 - Microsoft Community (look at the answer)
There is no "SoftwareOnly" registry key that I could change from 0 to 1.
5- Note that this problem persist only in 32bit Direct3D using applications NOT 64bit. The driver works well for the 64bit apps.
Now from what is stated above, it is clear that this issue caused by Intel's driver but it may also be a Windows problem too. And I think I am currently running out of options here. WDDM drivers are nice but wouldn't it be great if you could have OpenGL v1.4 along with Direct3D enabled? So I could run things like Minecraft. As a side note, a year ago I had Windows 7 32bit installed having latest Intel's drivers and with Direct3D enabled without an issue. Now this problem either could be because of Windows 8 or drivers.
I d/ld the trial version of Win 8 32 bit specifically to see if a DOS program that I have would run in Win 8 32bit.
To my surprise it doesn't run, or at least run correctly. I get the warning about running a 16 bit program so I OK it.
Then it tells me the program can't be run in a window or full screen. It might as well say it won't freaking run at all that would be more accurate!
Odd that PC World Mag touts Win 8 as being able to "run your DOS programs" just like you did before! There was also a reference to something being in Control Panel to enable 16 bit programs.... again no joy there I see nothing in CP in my trial version.
Sure I can run the program in a VM like I do on Win 7 and yes I can run it on XP Pro just fine. But it would be nice to have correct information about what the OS can and can't do.
I recently bought a notebook with Windows 8 core pre-installed. The system type is 64-bit OS, and x-64 bit processor. How can I set the Windows Media Player to default 64-bit? It's currently running at 32-bit as shown by the Task Manager.
I have purchased notebook with OEM version of Windows 8 64bit. The system is not professional version of Windows 8. I would like to run 32 bit application which is not possible to install it on 64bit system.
i am wanting to install some application that i had on my windoes XP 32 bit....but when i try to install them to windows 8 64 bit,there pops out a message saying that the applications are not supported by the system .....Is there any way to make a 32 bit application to run on a 64 bit windows 8?
I am missing direct 3d in my registry editor, and I think that is why I am having problems. The problem is that I can't run games for example when I start Bioshock infinite, after a couple of seconds or minutes it goes black. I've had this game installed on another computer with the same specs where it was working perfectly fine.
At first it said I'm missing direct 3d. but when i tried to install directx again it said i already had the latest version.
I have all the latest drivers for my devices, and a power supply on a 1000w.
I recently bought a new laptop to replace my aging desktop. So I've spent the past week getting in working order. (Ripping out the pre-installed software, getting avast/spybot/malwarebytes on it, etc.) After that I'm now ready to install some of my old games. I decided to start with the cult classic, Planescape: Torment. But after installing, I found that during gameplay there is this horrible lag that just renders it unplayable.
Luckily, some light googling told me that turning off hardware acceleration would fix the issue. But when I went to Display Setting>Advanced Option there was no Troubleshoot tab, which is were the hardware acceleration option would be.
I spent all last night googling, but couldn't find were Windows 8 had moved the hardware acceleration option. I really want to play this game, but the lag just makes it unplayable. Where the hardware acceleration option is?
Windows 8.1 32bit OS. My audio/video editing needs are relatively simple, yet I only seem to find programs which are insultingly simplistic and don't offer the functions I need; needlessly overly complicated, or they do not work just right and are literally frustrating to use.
I am in need of a video editing software. It has to not have the 4 main problems that I keep running into, which all of the ones I've tried have to some degree.
1. Output file sizes: If I import a video which is 87mb, my output options shouldn't all be several hundred mb's or a few gb's. Why can't these programs just import and output files which are like-for-like? If I'm cutting parts out of the video, then the resulting file should be just under 87mb. If I'm joining two equal sized videos together on a timeline, then the resulting file should be 174mb (the total of the two 87mb source files).
2. Output video resolution: If my input/source file fills the entire screen when played in full screen, then I don't want my edited file to fill-up a much smaller area in the center of the screen with large black borders around it, and sometimes the loss of visual quality is huge. Again why can't they just do like-for-like? Windows Movie Maker is a swine for doing this.
3. Quick seeking on the timeline, ability to 'cut'/'split' video into pieces easily: Some programs are hard to quickly move through the timeline as the movie is playing in the preview area (I believe this is called seeking, I may be wrong). This can be usefull if you're trying to find a specific point in the video without blindly clicking the timeline at random. Sony Vegas 9's always gives me issues when trying to do this, by not allowing me to seek properly, or jumping my arrow to the start/end of a clip and I have to start seeking all over again.
Only the old Windows Movie Maker had 'cutting' correctly in my opinion, as it was an easy button to press on the preview window, instead of having to right-click the timeline at just the right spot, or go into the File,Edit,View menus every time you want to cut a part of the video.
4. Ability to separate audio track and manipulate it: I have a downloaded video, and something is seriously wrong with the audio. Not only is it out of sync with the video (which in itself I could probably fix with some faffing around), but it's also decreased in speed. Media Player Classic lets me increase the speed again, but there is no way to save the audio track as such, and I haven't found any other audio/video editing software that would let me increase the speed of the audio.
I am getting the errors Could Not Enable File History: The System Cannot Find the File Specified and File History Doesn't Recognize This Drive. I tried deleting the File History folders on the external drive and in the AppData folder (although the File History folders never contain any files, they are always empty). I tried sharing the File History folder on the external drive with Everyone. Nothing has worked.
I've also tried to select another drive or reselect the external drive; I get the message "We found some files you previously copied using File History" and asks if I would like to move them. It won't let me choose No, i.e. choosing No has the same effect as choosing Cancel. If I choose yes, I get an error message saying it can't complete the migration. It seems like I need to reset File History somehow and maybe get rid of these leftover files (although I don't know where they would have come from, because I don't think I've ever turned on File History in the past, but I could be wrong there.) At any rate I don't know where these leftover files would be located because I've already deleted every File History folder I could find (in AppData and on external drive).
Any workaround to enable downscaling to permit metro apps on 1024x600? I'm use a custom display driver that doesn't allow the higher res, using the official win7 driver i have the higher res but the tablet is too slow.
I have started to use NetSpeedMonitor to monitor network speed and bandwidth usage and when it is set to start at boot, it asks to enable its toolbar on a taskbar. Obviously I would prefer, if I would not have to confirm it at every startup.
I currently have it set like this and I wonder, if there is a command like: "/allow":
I've recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, but for some reason it installed Windows 8.1 32-bit, instead of the 64 bit version. I've left it this way for a week or so but some of the applications I use need to be 64 bit.
Basically, how do I upgrade to a 64 bit version of Windows 8.1?
I recently upgraded to windows 8 pro 32 bit. For a month there were no problems.
But one sunday afternoon i was watching some movie on my laptop and suddenly the speakers stopped working.
I restarted it, but to no avail. However my headphones still work, and so do external speakers work.
I tried reinstalling audio drivers frm the mfg's website-Didn't work. I tried System restore to a point where i knew my speakers were working-Didn't work. I even tried refreshing windows 8-Didn't work.
After almost a week now my speakers still do not work and only my headphones work.
I recently updated Nvidia Graphics Drivers in order to play COD BO2
I have installed window 8 pro 32 bit and my Bluetooth is not working after that. Previously window 7 ultimate 32 bit was installed in my laptop. after installation of window 8 pro 32 bit the driver of Bluetooth is not working. In window diagnosis it says "Generic Bluetooth Adapter not working properly" . Generic Bluetooth Adapter Properties
Device status : Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)
I upgraded to Windows 8 from XP via unlock key without CD, forgetting that it'd be 32bit too.. I'm making a rebuild soon and I think 64bit would really benefit me, apart from some programs I use that are being discontinued in 32bit. A friend of mine recently upgraded to Win 8 too, but he bought the CD. Could I use his CD to overwrite my Win 8 32bit with a 64bit one? And another question: if I could (and I hope I can) is there an option during install to leave some free space for Linux? Having Windows 8 only is not safe ..
I have a copy of Windows 8.1pro 64 bit which I run on my main computer, I have an old laptop which is about 7-8 years old, I'd like to install a copy of Win 8 for test purposes and mess around with for a few months.
The laptop is so old it won't let me install 64 bit, is there a 32 bit version on the disk hidden away I could install or are they totally separate disks?
Is it possible to download a copy which would work for 30 days without entering a serial number or even an old beta copy.
I recently did an upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit to Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit. I am been experiencing an issue with my wifi connectivity only on my Windows 8 Laptop (Limited Connectivity)
Apart from that the Wifi works perfectly with my Windows 7, and other mobile platforms etc. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers and the problem still persist. I've got a Acer Travelmate 5742G
This is my Wifi Troubleshooting Report:
[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/print.png[/IMG] Windows Network Diagnostics Publisher details Issues found "WiFi" doesn't have a valid IP configuration "WiFi" doesn't have a valid IP configuration Not fixed