and i thought the comment made sense that AOE wouldn't let the directX .. so i uninstalled AOE and then tried to install direct X. .. got the same message regarding cabinet and crptographic files
and yes i tried dxdiag
i also checked all of the windows updates.. and all have been installed
so now i am wondering if NeonFx is correct and Age of Empires simply isn't coded to detect the newer versions of DirectX and is insisting on an older version of direct X.. so is there a way i can down load the older version? but then.. now that i have uninstalled AOE there is not reason for me not to be able to download a nwere directX?
so my cryptographic problems continues...
oh and yes I did disconnect one of the two anti virus programs.. it is working faster.. thanks
so still no luck in downloading directX which i think is why i can't do age of empires...
thanks for the suggestions.. any others?