7 Ways to Fix the “DX11 Feature Level 10.0 is Required to Run the Engine” Error

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Many gamers are getting an error message saying “DX11 feature level 10.0 is required to run the engine” when they try to play certain games like Valorant, Fortnite, PUBG, or MIR4. This message means your computer needs DirectX 11 feature level 10.0 to run these games. 

How to Fix the Error DX11 Feature Level 10.0 is Required to Run the Engine in Windows

DirectX is an API (Application programming interface) created by Microsoft for Windows and Xbox systems. These APIs help software, especially games, communicate effectively with hardware components like graphics cards, sound cards, etc. They help programs run faster and smoother, especially when dealing with complex graphics and audio. 

There are multiple potential reasons why you might encounter the error. Your graphics card might not support the required DirectX features for the game. Graphics card configuration problems, an outdated DirectX version, or the absence of Direct3D hardware features could be the reasons. In this guide, we’ll provide multiple solutions to fix this issue effectively. Let’s begin!

TL;DR: Quick Ways to Fix the Error
“DX11 Feature Level 10.0 Is Required to Run the Engine”

Here is a brief overview of the quick solutions to the problem you’re facing: 

  • Restart the application causing the error and your computer to refresh system settings.
  • Update your graphics drivers to ensure compatibility and performance.
  • Check that your device is using the latest version of DirectX to support the application.
  • Verify that your GPU (Graphics Card here) supports Feature Level 10.0 required by the application.

We’ll discuss these solutions and some more solutions with detailed instructions in the following sections:

4 Easy Solutions to Fix the Error
“DX11 Feature Level 10.0 Is Required to Run the Engine”

Let’s begin with the simple solutions, which address fundamental settings. Although they may seem basic, they can effectively resolve the error.

Solution 1. Restarting the Application and Your PC

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Restart your computer and the application in which you are encountering the error. Restarting can resolve temporary glitches or conflicts that may be causing the error. 

Solution 2. Update Your Graphics Card Driver

Missing or outdated graphics card drivers can cause compatibility issues. Using the latest version ensures that the GPU functions optimally with the application or game. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Press the ‘Windows + R’ keys together to open the “Run” Dialog Box.
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” and then press ‘Enter’ to open “Device Manager”.
  • Look for “Display Adapters” and click the arrow next to it to expand the menu.
  • Right-click on your graphics driver, then select “Update Driver” or “Update Driver Software”.
Update Driver for Display

Note: If you see two different entries under “Display adapters”, it’s usually because you have both an integrated and a dedicated graphics card. For our purpose, update the dedicated component.

  • Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software”. Windows will then scan online for any newer drivers.
  • If a newer driver is found, wait for it to be installed. Your system may need to be restarted. 
Click Search automatically for drivers
  • Once the system has restarted, check if the error still happens when you run the application. If Windows determines that you already have the latest driver, move on to the next solution.

Solution 3. Update Windows

Updating your Windows can provide fixes or enhancements for system components and DirectX, potentially addressing the underlying issues causing the error.

  • Press the ‘Windows + I ‘keys together to open “Settings”.
  • Click on “Windows Update”.
  • Now, press “Check for Updates”. The system will check if any update is pending; if it finds any, download and install it.
Click Check for Updates
  • Try launching the game again to see if the error is fixed.

Solution 4. Install the Latest DirectX Version on Your Device

Ensuring that your device is using the latest DirectX version guarantees compatibility with the application or game’s requirements, potentially resolving the error.

Checking DirectX specifications:

  • Press ‘Windows + R’ at the same time to open the “Run” box.
  • Type in “dxdiag” and hit ‘Enter’.
  • Press the “System” tab and look for the “DirectX” version (DirectX12 is the latest version as of now).
Checking DirectX specifications
  • Now, go to the “Display” tab and check the feature levels.
  • Also, ensure “DirectDraw acceleration”, Direct3D acceleration”, and “AGP texture acceleration” are enabled.
Feature Levels of DirectX

Updating DirectX:

If your DirectX version isn’t the latest, you’ll need to update it.

  • If you’re using Windows 10, 8, or 8.1, updating Windows should also update DirectX. But for Windows 7, Vista, or XP, you might need to install a special update to get the latest “DirectX”.
  • Visit Microsoft’s support page for details on the latest “DirectX” for your Windows version.
Visit Microsoft's support page for DirectX version
  • If your “DirectX” version doesn’t fulfill the game’s requirements, you may consider upgrading to a new graphics card that supports DX11 feature level 10.0.

3 Advanced Solutions to Resolve the
DX11 Feature Level 10.0 Error

Now, if you have the latest DirectX version, your computer still needs to have the right graphics card and drivers to use it properly. Your graphics card needs to support DirectX Runtime for it to work. Let’s address these with the below solutions:

Adv. Solution 1. Ensure that the GPU Supports Feature Level 10.0

Confirming that the GPU supports Feature Level 10.0 ensures that it meets the minimum requirements for running the application or game, addressing compatibility issues.

  • Use the “dxdiag” command in the “Run” dialog box.
  • Now, go to the “Display” tab and check the feature levels.
  • Check if “10_0” appears in the “Feature Levels” in the Drivers panel on the right side of the screen. 
  • If it’s there, your GPU supports feature level 10.0. If it’s not listed, none of the solutions provided will work, and you’ll need to purchase a new dedicated GPU that supports this feature level. If you decide to get a new one, there are many affordable GPUs available that meet this requirement.
Ensure GPU Supports Feature Level 10.0

Adv. Solution 2. Check if the Problem is Happening to a Specific Game or Program

If your GPU supports feature level 10.0 and your device has the latest “DirectX” version too, try to see if the problem happens only with one game or if it is happening in all the programs. Test some other games or programs that don’t need as much graphics power.

If you are encountering the error in only one game:

  • Use the “DirectX Diagnostic Tool” (use the command “dxdiag” in “Run”) to check your graphics card details. Compare them with what the game needs. If your graphics card doesn’t meet the game’s requirements, you might need to upgrade it.
  • Make sure the game is updated. Go to the game’s official website and see if there are any updates available. If there are, download and install them to make sure your game is up-to-date.
Compare Specs

Adv. Solution 3. Confirm the GPU Utilized During Program Startup

If your graphics card meets the minimum requirements for the game and you’ve updated the game to the latest version, but you’re still getting the same error, it’s possible that the game isn’t using your dedicated graphics card. Instead, it might be using the integrated one that comes with your computer because of your computer’s power settings. To fix this, you need to make sure the game uses your dedicated graphics card. Here’s how:

  • Press the ‘Windows + I’ keys at the same time to open “System Settings”.
  • Click on “Display”.
  • Scroll down and find “Graphics settings”.
  • Look for your game on the list. If it’s not there, click “Add app” and find the game’s .exe file.
  • Click on the game to expand its options.
  • Choose “High Performance” to make sure your dedicated graphics card is used when you play the game. This should help prevent the error from happening again.
Confirm the GPU Utilized During Program Startup RIOT CLIENT

Final Words

That’ll be all for this article. Hopefully, by following the steps in the article, you can figure out what’s causing the error and fix it. If nothing works even though your GPU is good enough for the game, i.e., fulfills the requirements and supports feature level 10.0, it’s best to get a technician to check your GPU for physical problems.

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