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In this article, we are going to about discuss Directplay Windows 10. First of all, we see the definition of the DirectPlay and then see the how to fix DirectPlay errors on Windows 10.


DirectPlay is a deprecated API that was part of Microsoft that is a network communication library that is introduced for the computer game development, however, DirectPlay is often used for other purposes.

DirectPlay is a high-level software interface between communication services and the application program that makes it easy to connect game over the internet, a network or modem link. DirectPlay is still more accurate to run games that predate 2008 in Windows 10. However, some older games are not run without DirectPlay. If any app or game needs DirectPlay for login then you can open windows stating.

The DirectPlay application programming interface (API) provides developers with the tools that are used to develop multiplayer applications such as chat client or games. This documentation will refer to all such games as applications.

Two basic characteristics of a multiplayer application are as follows:

  • Two or more individual users are engaging on their computer with a game client.
  • Through the centralized server, network links that enable the user’s computer that communicates with one another.

DirectPlay provides a layer from the underlying network that largely isolates your application. The main purpose of the DirectPlay to handle the details of network communication and your application can just use the DirectPlay API.

DirectPlay provides many features that define the process of implementing many objectives of a multiplayer application, and many others features are follows in bellow list:


  • Allow players to find game sessions.
  • Manage the sequence of information between hosts and players.
  • Enabling the application to interact with lobbies.
  • Provide communication with each other.
  • Managing and creating both client/server and peer to peer sessions.
  • Online service or protocol.
  • Managing users and groups within a session.
  • Resolve many connectivity issues.
  • Users are enabling to communicate with each other through voice.


This documentation provides a high-level introduction to the capabilities of DirectPlay. In the below, sections will take you the details how to fix the error if DirectPlay does not enable in Windows 10. If you face any error to run the DirectPlay in Windows 10 then in this post we will guide you how to fix these error DirectPlay Windows 10.



  1. Installation of DirectPlay
  2. Switch off your Anti-Virus Software
  3. Run the Game in Compatibility Mode
  4. Open the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter


  1. Open RUN dialog box, press the Win key + R to enable DirectPlay.
  2. Type control panel in the Run Dialog box then enters and click OK button.
  3. To open the uninstaller utility, click Programs and Features.

This is shown in the below snapshot.


  1. Press Turn Windows features on or off.



  1. Double click on the Legacy Components to open the DirectPlay folder.


  1. DirectPlay check box is select.
  2. After installing DirectPlay then reboot your desktop or laptop.


  1. Press the Windows key button (between Alt and Ctrl and the R key at the same time).
  2. Type Control Panel in the Open box and then click.
  3. Then select Programs.
  4. At the end step, click on Turn Windows Features on or off and then in this Windows turn on the DirectPlay features.

NOTE: during the installation of the DirectPlay of some games in Unplay PC that feature is automatically activated.



A program Compatibility troubleshooter is a method that is used to resolve the game compatibility issues. Windows also include a program Compatibility Troubleshooter, for open the program Compatibility Troubleshooter follow the below steps:

  1. In the Search Box type the keyword Compatibility.
  2. Select Run programs and made for the latest version of Windows.


  1. Select Advance and choose the Run as administrator options.
  2. Press the Next Button.
  3. Select a game in the list, or select that not listed then click Next.

  1. Press the Browse button to select a game to fix.
  2. Go to the Next button to go through the troubleshooter’s resolutions.

So, that’s all steps that you can use to enable the DirectPlay in Windows 10 and select the Compatibility mode setting to kick-start games that succeed the more recent Windows platforms.


If your DirectPlay is not installing then don’t worried about that because DirectPlay is not always installing and some users have reported that they face an error with code 0x80073701 during the installation therefore, DirectPlay is not installing correctly.

In this case, might be anti-virus software blocking DirectPlay. Now we can fix this problem by using to turn off anti-virus software switching, that can do usually via anti-virus utilities. Otherwise, you can remove antivirus software temporarily from the Windows startup. The steps of removing the anti-virus are as follows:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose the Task Manager.
  2. Choose the Start-Up tab and open the list of Programs (included Windows Startup).


  1. Click on your anti-virus package then press its Disable button.
  2. Restart your Windows and then install DirectPlay.



If you have an older game and need DirectPlay for running, but DirectPlay not runs in this situation the Compatibility mode setting use and also come in handy for running the older games in Windows.

However, from activating DirectPlay, you always select the Compatibility Mode setting to running the games more that is specifically designed for the latest Windows Platforms. Now, what is the method you can select that option in Window 10?

  1. Open Taskbar and type File Explorer button on Windows 10.
  2. Open the folder where the game exe is included.
  3. Right-click on the games exe folder and select Properties on the context menu.


  1. Select the Run this program in Compatibility mode for the checkbox.
  2. From the drop-down, menu select earlier Windows platform.
  3. When the game launched, select the Windows OS that was the latest platform.


  1. At the end select the Run this program as an administrator option.


I have provided all solutions to enable the DirectPlay Window 10 so, I hope this article is very helpful for you and hope so you not face this error again, however, if you face this error then you can just follow these steps and easily enable the DirectPlay in Windows 10. Please do let us know if you need more assistance, we’ll be glad to assist you and hope this information is helpful.