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Sonar & DX9

Due to a problem with the DirectX 9 software drivers from Microsoft and Cakewalk products continually asking for you to install DirectX 8, here is the patch required from Cakewalk. This information is a mirror of the Cakewalk site. Read the instructions carefully. This works like a charm! 

After installing Microsoft DirectX 9, most Cakewalk products will not install properly. You may receive an error message stating "You must install DirectX 8 to proceed" or "You are not running Windows 95. Please upgrade to Win 98, ME, XP..." Both errors are caused by the presence of Microsoft DirectX 9 on your system. We have learned that since the installers built into several Cakewalk products were designed with earlier versions of DirectX in mind, they have a problem when DirectX 9 is detected.

The problem affects installation only. If you've already installed one of our products such as SONAR or Pyro 2003, they will function correctly. The program operation is NOT affected by the presence of DX 9. If your Cakewalk product is installed and running, you do not need to do anything. Enjoy the software.

By following the steps below it is possible to install any of our products on a PC where DX 9 is present.

  1. Open your CD drive and insert the installation CD of the Cakewalk product you're trying to install.
  2. Download this file. DirectXUtility.exe Save it to your Desktop
  3. Double-click DirectXUtility.exe to begin the installation. 
    NOTE - The utility does NOT actually revert you to DX 8 or uninstall DX 9.
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