DirectX 11.1 not coming to Windows 7


Windows 8 comes with the latest version of Microsoft’s DirectX framework, version 11.1.  . It supports WDDM 1.2 for increased performance, features improved integration of Direct2D, Direct3D, and DirectCompute, and includes DirectXMath, XAudio2, and XInput libraries from the XNA framework. It also features stereoscopic 3D support for gaming and video.

These are all pretty desirable features, and it appears Windows users will have to upgrade to Windows 8 to get it.

Microsoft Program Manager Daniel Moth on MSDN said:

With DirectX 11.1, WARP was enhanced with (among other things) support for DirectCompute and hence it is one of the accelerators for C++ AMP. DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista (bing it), but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7

Many PC users reluctant to upgrade to Windows 8 are complaining their installations will not get access to the latest features and some are concerned that limiting DirectX 11.1 to only a subset of PCs will delay support by developers.

On the other hand the upgrade to Windows 8 is pretty cheap, especially now, and those who upgraded are pretty happy, so it seems fair to say if you want the latest Windows 8 features you should get Windows 8.

Which side do our gaming readers come down on? Let us know below.


  • Njoi Fontes

    Why would anyone serious about having the latest tech would still be using windows 7? Been using windows 8 for half a year now and would never go back to 7

  • Mark Qvistgaard Jakobsen

    I’ve used Win8 in dualboot since developer preview as my main OS and as a gamer, I have to say that Win8 is the same improvement over Win7, as Win7 was over WinXP
    Case in point:
    When launching Battlefield 3 in Win7, its unplayable
    When launching Battlefield 3 in Win 8, it runs smooth

    That’s how much of a difference it makes!

    All the features described in this article just sweetens the deal 😉

  • Neal Briest

    I have a brand new Lenovo notebook (Aug 2012) with pretty nice specs but I can’t get working video or audio drivers for Windows 8. I suspect that I’m not alone. I tried to upgrade 3x, only to ultimatlry give-up when drivers won’t run.

    • jimski27

      Surprising. My 9 year old Fujitsu Lifebook has problems with some video (as would be expected based on its age), but audio works fine. Upgraded without any errors. Centrino 1.4GHz, 1GB Ram.

  • freeiam

    This is the end of Microsoft

    • jimski27

      No, this is the end of XP, Vista and W7. Microsoft wants everyone to join the party, as it should be.