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Whenever I start up Saints Row the Third from Steam, it asks me whether I want to wimp out and use DirectX 9 or be all hardcore and stuff with DirectX 10/11. Of course, I always pick the latter, but getting asked every single time I run the game is kinda irritating. It's not like my answer is going to change.

Is there any way to always pick one of those options?

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Replace the launcher with your chosen game executable. A summary of the steps here:

  1. Copy the Saints Row .exe files in your Saints Row the Third install directory to a different folder (that should be game_launcher.exe, saintsrowthethird.exe, and saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe)
  2. Copy back the one you want to always use - saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe to use the DirectX 11 version, or saintsrowthethird.exe to use the non-DirectX 11 version.
  3. Rename the file you copied to game_launcher.exe.

This tricks Steam into directly running the version of the game you want, instead of putting you through the launcher.

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If you go to the folder in which SR3 is installed their is a exe for each DirectX version if you run that exe it will load the game. Just simply set up a shortcut for that exe.

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Sounds promising, but I'm using Steam - I'll see if this method works with it when I get home. – Tacroy Jun 8 '12 at 15:31
It should work, however I had the stand alone version – OrionDarkwood Jun 8 '12 at 15:51
Sadly, this doesn't seem to work on the Steam version - there's saintsrowthethird.exe and saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe in there, but running either of them gives me the "pick one" prompt. – Tacroy Jun 9 '12 at 4:04
Sorry about that. – OrionDarkwood Jun 9 '12 at 11:32

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