How Do I Run DirectX 11 Games on My DirectX 10 Graphics Card?

Photo of author

By Monica Bates

If you have a DirectX 10 graphics card, you may find that some newer games require DirectX 11 to run. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get around this issue and still enjoy the latest games on your older hardware.

Method 1: Update Your Graphics Card Driver
The first step is to make sure your graphics card driver is up to date. This can often solve compatibility issues with newer games. You can usually find the latest driver on the manufacturer’s website or through Windows Update.


  1. Go to your graphics card manufacturer’s website.
  2. Navigate to the Support or Downloads section of the website.
  3. Find the driver for your specific graphics card model and download it.
  4. Install the driver and restart your computer.

Method 2: Use Compatibility Mode
If updating your graphics card driver doesn’t work, you can try using compatibility mode. This feature allows you to run programs as if they were running on a different version of Windows or with different settings.


  1. Right-click on the game’s shortcut icon or .exe file and select Properties.
  2. Select the Compatibility tab in the Properties window.
  3. Check the box next to “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows 7 from the dropdown menu (or whichever version is compatible with DirectX 10).
  4. If necessary, also check boxes for “Disable fullscreen optimizations” and “Run this program as an administrator.”
  5. Click Apply and then OK.
  6. Try launching the game again to see if it runs properly.

Method 3: Use a DirectX Wrapper
If neither of these methods work, you can try using a DirectX wrapper. This is a third-party software that intercepts DirectX calls and translates them into a format your graphics card can understand.


  1. Download and install a DirectX wrapper such as DX10 to DX11 or DX11 to DX12.
  2. Run the wrapper and select the game you want to play.
  3. Configure any settings necessary for the wrapper.
  4. Launch the game through the wrapper to see if it runs properly.

While having an older graphics card can be limiting, there are ways to work around compatibility issues with newer games. Updating your graphics card driver, using compatibility mode, or using a DirectX wrapper can all help you enjoy the latest games on your DirectX 10 hardware.