directdraw error Windows 10

How to solve directdraw error Windows 10

Sometimes users are not able to open games or certain apps due to an error related to DirectDraw. Though there can be various reasons behind this, let’s first discuss about what actually DirectDraw error is.

DirectDraw error

DirectDraw is a software of DirectX, on which most of the Windows-based gaming and advanced 3D graphics apps are based on. Usually, the reasons behind the DirectX error vary quite often. Therefore, it is quite obvious to witness some kind of differences in the error messages or descriptions that are shown on the screen while revealing that there is some kind of issue with the DirectX or DirectDraw. The error message mostly shows:

DirectDraw initialization failed, or, Failed to initialize DirectDraw

Though certain PC issues related to apps and software can be fixed by using the PC Repair tool. In fact, the PC Repair tool is very convenient to use and is a reliable Windows optimization software. But a few specific issues need a different kinds of approaches even if fixing the errors related to DirectDraw is quite simple. Some methods to rectify the DirectDraw errors are given below:

Ways to fix DirectDraw errors

Four methods to rectify errors in DirectDraw are:

  1. Enable DirectDraw and Direct3D Option

DirectDraw controls the display driver and set up the resolution and properties as per the accessed video memory. While Direct3D converts the images to a DirectDraw surface along with creating or destroying other Direct3D objects that are utilized. So, if you are facing DirectDraw Error codes, it is possible that the DirectDraw option got disabled. To enable it again follow:

  • Find and click on the ‘Search’ bar.
  • Type ‘dxdiag’ in the blank.
  • Click to open ‘dxdiag.’ 
  • Verify whether ‘DirectDraw and Direct3D’ located on the ‘Display’ tab of the ‘DirectX Diagnostic Tool’ are enabled or disabled
  • If enabled leave it as it is but if disabled, then press ‘Win + R’ button to Open the ‘Run’ Dialog box.
  • Type ‘appwiz.cpl’ in the blank.
  • Press ‘Enter’.
  • Select to open ‘Turn Windows Futures On or Off’. A window appears.
  • Scroll to find ‘Legacy Components’ option. Mark its checkbox.
  • Now, expand ‘Legacy Components’.
  • Tick mark on the ‘DirectPlay’ option checkbox.
  • Finally, select ‘Ok’. 

2. Update DirectX Software

In case the version of DirectX available on the PC is outdated, the software may show an error. To fix this system needs to get the latest version and this is possible only via a complete Windows update which can be done by following the directions given below:

  • Find and click on the ‘Search’ bar.
  • Type ‘dxdiag’ in the blank.
  • Click to open ‘dxdiag’.
  • Verify whether the version info given at the bottom of the window is at its latest or not.
  • If yes, then skip the method but if not, that means DirectX is outdated.
  • Therefore, press ‘Win + I’ button.
  • Click on ‘Update & Security’ option.
  • Click on the ‘Download Updates’ option.
  • Wait until the system installs all the updates including the new version of DirectX.

3. Update Video Driver

DirectDraw will show an error if the video driver is of the outdated or corrupted version. To get rid of this error, update the video driver by following:

  • Press the‘ Win + R’ button to open the ‘Run’ command box.
  • Type ‘devmgmt.msc’ in the blank.
  • Press ‘Enter’.
  • Find and expand ‘Display Adapters’.
  • Right-click on ‘Graphics Driver’.
  • Click on ‘Update Driver’. A window opens.
  • Select ‘Search automatically for drivers’ option. 

At last, do as per the directions visible on the window.

4. Check Whether the Screen Resolution Compatibility Is Up to The Mark or Not

DirectDraw Error can arise due to the inappropriate screen resolution to some extent. Adjust that by following: 

    • Right-click on the app/game showing this Error.
    • Select ‘Properties’ from the drop-down list.
    • Choose ‘Run in 640 x 480 Screen Resolution’ located under the ‘Compatibility’ pane.
  • Finally, click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘Ok’.


Headless the fact that the DirectDraw Error is one of the irritating issues people face while gaming or using 3D apps, now that we have discussed the efficient methods to fix these error issues undoubtedly you will be able to solve it with the blink of an eye. 

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