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Can not update DirectX

I have a very weird problem, I have 5 PC in LAN, all of them have DirextX updated to latest version (June 2008).

One of them lately started to give some error while playing games, usually that PC is not used to play games. I soon enough discovered that DirectX, according to DXDIAG, had all files from the original installation (2004).

I ran again DirectX SDK update (june 2008): result no update.

I browsed all possible topics in Microsoft forums about updated failing to install and follow all instructions. No result.

I thought the only solution left was a reformat, so I did. It was with GREAT surprise I discovered the newly installed Windows had the same problem. No driver or software were installed. Only the pure Windows.

All my 5 PCs use the same version of Windows.

So I reformatted again changing Windows version, but the problem still persist, only for that PC.

There are files in the system32 directory that ARE indeed those of June 2008, but DXDIAG doesn't show them and keep presenting the 2004 DirectX configuration.

PC in question is pretty simple:

PIV 3G
1G DDR2
Sound and lAN on board on MB ASUS P5VD2-X
GPU ASUS GeForce 7 256M
DVD ROM

Somebody could think is a DXDIAG problem, but there is the fact that some game go to error and that could be caused by old version of DirectX, even tho I don't exclude the possibility of a DXDIAG problem.

Why only that PC? The other 4 ran the same update, from the same file, and there was nothing wrong.

I did try some drastic method as Directx Unistallers but the result was a disaster, more errors than good.

Windows version installed is with SP2 built in. I did try to install a version with DirectX 2007 built in, and I got the 2007 Directx installed, but can't update further, same problem. It's like the machine keeps holding to the first version installed, whatever that is.

Anyone have any advanced idea about this problem?
Pratically no matter what I do, I can't get this PC back on track, I have been tempted of smashing it but first I am asking you guys.

Thanks in advanced for all help you can give me.

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One thing you might want to try is seeing if there is an update to the graphics card driver. Check with Nvidia for an updated one. Sometimes that will allow the DirectX to load up and sometime the current DirectX will be loaded up in the driver update.

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