In which of these cases would it be helpful to run dxdiag?
A) You need to defragment the files on your hard drive
B) You need to gather additional troubleshooting information about your video hardware and drivers
C) You need to modify a setting in your Windows registry
D) You need to connect to a remote host and share the desktop
E) You need a large coffee, with no creamer and sugar substitutes because you’re watching your calories
The answer: B) You need to gather additional troubleshooting information about your video hardware and drivers
The dxdiag command is short for DirectX Diagnostics, and it’s very useful when troubleshooting problems with video or sound. Although some active troubleshooting options are available in older operating systems, dxdiag in Windows Vista and Windows 7 only displays information about your system.
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