There have been reports of the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error appearing on Windows 8 and 10, which occurs whenever a user tries to launch an application or a game, especially the ones that use graphical features.

The “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error is caused mainly due to inconsistencies with Microsoft DirectX. If you’re facing the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error, it can appear in various forms:

“The file d3dx9_27.dll is missing”
“Cannot find d3dx9_27.dll”
“The dynamic link library d3dx9_27.dll could not be found in the specified path [PATH]”
“Error initializing the application because the file d3dx9_27.dll was not found”
“The application failed to start because d3dx9_27.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem”
“D3DX9_27.DLL is missing. Replace D3DX9_27.DLL and try again”

Fix #1: Install The Missing “d3dx9_27.dll” Via DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer

Oftentimes, to get rid of the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error, users need to install the missing redist package manually. To do so, you’ll need to utilize the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Install.

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Follow this link to proceed with the fix and download DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer. Then, uncheck Microsoft’s recommendation and click on the Next DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer option. Then, when the dxwebsetup.exe installer has been downloaded, launch it.

After that, follow all the on-screen instructions to install it. Close the setup after all the necessary installations, and restart your computer. Hopefully, the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error will no longer appear.

Fix #2: Install “d3dx9_27.dll” via DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)

When some users tried the first fix to resolve the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error, they encountered an error prompt saying that their DirectX version was already the latest. This is a reasonably common instance and can be dealt with easily.

To tackle that, you’ll have to download the DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010) version to get rid of the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error. Follow this link and download DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010). Uncheck all the boxes associated with Microsoft’s recommendations and click the No thanks option. Then install the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer.

When the redistributable package is downloaded, launch the installer and choose the appropriate location to extract the archive. Then, open the folder where you extracted the DirectX files and double-click on the DXSetup.exe file. Then follow all the on-screen instructions to install the missing optional components on your computer. Then as a final step, restart your PC, and the “The program can’t start because d3dx9_27.dll is missing” error should now be resolved.

That is all for our fixes for d3dx9_27.dll is missing error. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.

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