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What is dsetup.dll?


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Windows Process Description:

The file dsetup.dll is described as a Direct driver preloader. It acts as an important component of Microsoft DirectX, a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling computer tasks connected to multimedia, such as video and game programming, and others. DirectX's functionality is provided in the form of Component Object Model (COM)-style objects and interfaces, and partially supported as a set of managed objects.

Microsoft DirectX is composed of industry-leading graphics technologies designed to provide an advanced, stable, and visually impressive graphics experience. It is comprised of top-of-the-line runtime technologies, developer tools, graphics programming interfaces and languages.

DirectX's components are DirectInput, for interfacing with input devices, such as keyboards and joysticks; Direct Graphics, which is comprised of DirectDraw (2-dimensional graphics); Direct3D (3-dimensional); DirectPlay; DirectSound for playback and recording of waveform sounds; DirectMusic for playback of soundtracks; DirectXMediaObjects for providing support to streaming objects such as encoders, decoders, and effects; and DirectSetup. The file dsetup.dll is responsible in the registration of these DirectX application programminng interfaces, and may also function to unregister it.

The dsetup.dll file is used in setting up DirectX as well as DirectX device drivers. After the setting up of dsetup.dll file, DirectX device drivers allow multimedia applications to communicate and interact with high-performance hardware devices such as sound cards and three-dimensional graphics acceleration chips, as well as other other low-level input devices such as keyboards, mice, joysticks or joypads, 2D graphics acceleration chips, and others.

Before DirectX 10, newer versions of DirectX APIs were created and designed to inter-operate with older drivers conflicting with a previous version's device driver interface (DDI). With the support of the file dsetup.dll, a game designed for and running on Direct3D 9 with a graphics adapter driver designed for Direct3D 6 would still work, though it might possess degraded functionality. But today, with the release of Windows Vista, DirectX 10 will not be able to run on older hardware drivers, because of the significant upgrading of the device driver interface for Windows Display Driver Model drivers.

Author: Microsoft

Author URL: http://

Part Of: DirectX drivers

Memory Usage: Low.

Associated Applications: DirectInput, DirectGraphics, DirectPlay, DirectSound, DirectMusic, DirectXMediaObjects, DirectSetup

Background DLL: No

Uses Network: No

Hardware Related: Yes

Common Path: C:\ program file\ dsetup.dll

DLL Version:

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