Which Windows OS is best for playing directX 9.0c games?

For a brand new PC with fast & new processor and graphics card designed for gaming purposes:

 

Which Windows operating Systems is the best choice to play directX 9.0c games?

 

I already have Windows 7 installed, but it's causing severe problems when trying to play my already existing games, so should I now buy & install some other version of Windows OS in order to be able to play my games?  

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No, no, no. There is no need to install a specific Windows version to play DirectX 9 games (at least, from XP above). The only thing you must do is to install the latest DirectX package which is another thing than the core version delivered with each different version of Windows. You can either download the Web Installer (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=35) or the DirextX redist (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=8109). The first offers an automatic update which only downloads and adds missing files to your DirectX configuration, the second - sometimes preferred if the first one gives silly error messages (such as "You have a newer version installed than the one you try to download", complete nonsense) - downloads the whole updated package and adds missing files offline.

To explain it a bit: A game is designed at a certain time and uses features from that time (in our case, DirectX features). So, a DirectX 9 game will never be able to reproduce the advanced graphics (more crispy or whatever) from DirectX 11. On the other hand, newer versions of Windows with newer versions of DirectX are supporting at least a certain amount of older DirectX instructions ("core") to enable older video cards to work on the new OS. What they don't include by default, are special updates and fixes, mostly for specific games, pertaining to different DirectX versions. That's why you need the completion of your out-of-the-box Windows (XP, Vista, 7) with the aforementioned "updated DirectX package". If you have it, there's no question of "best choice". Windows 7 works as great with DirectX 9 games as any of its two predecessors.

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It's completely safe. If you allow any game to install DirectX 9 from its disk, it's most probably an older version than the latest web/standalone distribution. That won't hurt, however, as the only thing that can happen is the addition of some older DLL's which may no longer be part of newer distributions. You'll get some files more, the existing files will remain untouched (an added file like D3DX9_24.DLL will not replace a newer file like D3DX9_43.DLL).
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