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What is dinput8.dll?


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Windows Process Description:

More commonly acknowledged as Microsoft DirectInput Library, the program Microsoft DirectInput is the parent application of the module dinput8.dll. Specifically, it is found in the said program's version release. It is important to take note of the version. It is to distinguish the program file dinput8.dll from simply the program file dinput.dll that deals with an earlier and a different version of Microsoft DirectInput.

The DLL dinput8.dll is mainly associated with Windows Multimedia programs and Microsoft DirectInput. However, it is also commonly related or connected to other dynamic link libraries such as the files:



















•and wing32.dll.

Microsoft DirectInput processes the data coming from external devices such as game controllers. It operates together with DirectX in Windows 95 and Windows 98. The dinput8.dll module is, to be more exact, a component of DirectX. It is a dynamic link library that adds to the functionality of Microsoft DirectInput's capability to process external hardware such as the joystick. The file dinput8.dll activates automatically with DirectX when Microsoft DirectInput is utilized. When it is activated, it allows programs such as games to recognize commands coming from external controllers. It does not only deal with the joystick but also the keyboard, the mouse, and other external hardware that feeds the system commands.

The module dinput8.dll is essential for Windows to function correctly. Removing or uninstalling it will have serious and adverse effects on the system. Problems such as the computer not being able to read external hardware or a program not starting may occur. The application must not be removed or deleted so Windows or certain programs such as games may continue to operate accordingly.

Author: Microsoft Corporation

Author URL:

Part Of: Windows Operating Systems

Memory Usage: Low

Associated Applications: DirectX, Windows Multimedia/DirectInput, other DLLs (listed above)

Background DLL: Yes

Uses Network: No

Hardware Related: Yes

Common Path: C:\ WINDOWS\ system32\ dinput8.dll

DLL Version: 5.3.2600.2180

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