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?


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.


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.

  • 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 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. Jun 9 '12 at 11:32

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