Error: failed to initialize DirectX when trying to play a game on windows7 which worked fine on Windows Vista

When I re-installed the game "Anno 1404" i got the error "failed to initialize DirectX". The game worked perfectly on windows vista but I changed to windows 7. I already re-installed directX but the message keeps popping up. What can I do?

My laptop is a HP pavilion dv2000

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Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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Last updated April 2, 2020 Views 4,085 Applies to: