I keep getting the "The Launcher cannot query DirectX. Please update DirectX by installing the latest redistributable"
I'm on Windows XP and this is the Steam version of the game. GPU=NVIDIA 9800 GTX+ running 285.x drivers (newest available for XP)
Problems started after the most recent patch (the patch that added directx 11 support... but I'm XP so whatevs).
Pre-Patch, I would get the problem, the launcher would crash, but then the game would start anyway, so I didn't care, but now it doesn't launch at all. I can't downgrade retroactively (as far as I know?) because it's Steam, so I don't have the original media.
I've tried reinstalling directx, uninstalling & reinstalling directx.
Launching the game directly, launching the game as admin (I'm running as admin already, but I do "Run As" and uncheck the "protect this computer box"), Launching steam as admin, validating the game cache. re-downloading and reinstalling. Nothing works. I've tried disabling my anti-virus (Avast) ("C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps" is already whitelisted). Tried downgrading my gfx drivers to 280.x version.
I have no idea how to proceed, but any tips would be great.