DirectDraw Error While Playing Legacy Games On Windows 10 / 11

A few users get a “DirectDraw error” while they try to play legacy games on their Windows system because of which they cannot proceed further. This might be because the legacy games usually run in full-screen mode and when the user changes the settings to make it run on window mode the issue is resolved. Or the other reasons could be the system is not compatible, graphical rendering issues, etc. In this article, we have a few methods which help to solve DirectDraw errors. Apply them to solve the issue and continue playing error-free.


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Method 1: Run The Game In Compatibility Mode

 

Step 1: Right-click on the .exe file of the legacy game or the game’s shortcut icon by which you will launch the game.

Step 2: From the appeared list click on Properties

 

Properties

 

Step 3: In the properties window, go to the Compatibility tab

Step 4: Select Run this program in compatibility mode for option by clicking on the checkbox beside it

Step 5: From the drop-down menu, select the Windows version as Windows 8 or Windows 7

 

Compatibility

 

Step 6: Click on Apply and OK to save the changes. Now check if the issue is solved.

 

Method 2: Set The Screen Resolution

 

Step 1: Right-click on the .exe file of the legacy game or the game’s shortcut icon by which you will launch the game.

Step 2: From the appeared list click on Properties


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Properties

 

Step 3: In the properties window, go to the Compatibility tab

Step 4: Enable Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution option by clicking on the checkbox beside it

 

Screen Resolution

 

Step 5: Click on Apply and OK to save the changes. Check if it works as expected

 

Method 3: Run The Game In Window Mode

 

Step 1: Go to the location where you have the games installed. Or right click on the game’s shortcut icon and from the appeared list click on properties

 

Properties

 

Step 2: In the appeared window, go to the shortcut tab. In the target field, add -w at the end after all the text

 

Target

 

Step 3: To save the changes click on Apply and OK so that the game will run in window mode. Check if the issue is solved.

 

Method 4: Use The dgVoodo Wrapper

 

Step 1: Go the dgVoodoo website and download the latest version of it. It will be downloaded in .zip format

Step 2: Open the .zip folder and extract the all the files along with .exe file to your game directory

Step 3: Then double click on the .exe file and follow the official documentation to configure it. Now try to run the game and check if the issue is solved.

 

Method 5: Enable DirectPlay And .Net Framework 3.5

 

Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2: Type appwiz.cpl in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open Programs and features

 

Appwiz

 

Step 3: On the left, click on Turn Windows features on or off 

 

Turn Windows Off

 

Step 4: In the opened window find for .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) and click on the checkbox beside it

 

.net Framework

 

Step 5: Select Legacy Components by clicking on the checkbox beside it and expand it beside by clicking on the plus mark beside it

 

Legacy Components

 

Step 6: From the expanded list, select DirectPlay by clicking on the checkbox beside it

 

Directplay

 

Step 7: To save the changes click on OK and restart the system. Now check if the issue is solved.

 

Method 6: Check Whether You Have Latest Version Of DirectX

 

Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together


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Step 2: Type dxdiag in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

 

Dxdiag

 

Step 3: Go to the System tab and check if the DirectX Version is latest.

 

Directx

 

Step 4: If it is on old version, go to the Windows update by clicking Windows + I and then click on Update & Security


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Update Security

 

Step 5: Click on Check for updates button to download and install the latest update related to DirectX

 

Check Updates

 

Note: DirectX is part of Microsoft Windows hence the updates are available through Windows update.

That’s it! I hope this article is helpful and let us know which of the above method you applied to solve the issue. Thank you!!

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