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On my windows XP machine when I try to install the DirectX SDK the setup freezes on the first screen.

When I click on the "next" button the system does some processing and stays on the same window. Clicking again on the next button does nothing.

The directX SDK log only contains a single entry for each try: 12/01/09 09:49:03: DXSDKSetup: CLR version number = 2.0.50727

any ideas?

Thank you!

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Which version of DirectX are you installing? Know that DirectX 10 and onwards do not work in windows XP – A Dwarf Oct 28 '09 at 13:15
Is not directx, it is the SDK. Anyway it is the latest version August 2009, that includes also 9, 10 and 11 preview SDKs. – bcsanches Oct 30 '09 at 14:01

Try turning off System Restore. I just had the same problem yesterday and turning it off fixed it right away. (Although this was with Windows 7.)

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Tried that, but it did not worked, thanks! – bcsanches Oct 30 '09 at 14:00
Worked for me! Had the same problem with DX SDK June 2010 on Windows 7 – shinjin Sep 27 '11 at 19:45

Is there anything insightful in the install log?


Specifically look for any error message or error codes that might help debug the problem. Consider editing your original question with any new information.

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I updated with the info, thank you! – bcsanches Dec 1 '09 at 11:58

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