Microsoft DirectX Control Panel

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Useful software program that helps you place a new shortcut in the control panel for quickly accessing DirectX properties and performing several tweaks

editor's review




Microsoft DirectX Control Panel is a small enhancement for Windows’ control panel that implements the possibility to access DirectX properties very easily.

A standard Windows installation includes both basic and advanced tools to cope with all kinds of user requests, but at times, accessing a service is difficult for beginners. For instance, DirectX information can be accessed via the dxdiag tool, but extensive options are invisible to the naked eye.

Gain quick access to DirectX properties

As a consequence, Microsoft rolled out a helper that can make advanced DirectX properties accessible. It adds an entry inside the computer’s control panel, from where you can adjust video card settings on the go.

Embed DirectX shortcut in your control panel

Available in an extremely small package (under 100 KB), the application comes in a different format than Windows’ standard executable types. The extension is CPL (short for control panel) and needs to be placed inside the system32 folder of your Windows installation.

The next time you open the Control Panel, you will surely notice that a new shortcut has been inserted next to the usual ones. Once you click it, a window displaying a wide array of properties pops up, allowing you to adjust video, as well as audio behavior.

Apply several tweaks to your system

Aside from DirectX info, the service also enables users to view and tweak Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectInput, DirectMusic, DirectSound and DirectShow settings. The list of tweaks you can perform is enormous, but caution is advised, since doing it wrongly may affect the well-being of your computer.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Microsoft DirectX Control Panel acts as a shortcut for accessing DirectX Properties. You can use it to tweak your video card to perform to its maximum for gaming or multimedia purposes.

Microsoft DirectX Control Panel was reviewed by Andreea Matei
Last updated on July 26th, 2014
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