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    needed to precede

    "If you have the AutoCAD 2011 media, the version of DirectX installer needed to precede the AutoCAD 2012 installation is in the following location: [AutoCAD 2011 Media]\Support\DirectX\DXSETUP.EXE."


    Would you please explain what "needed to precede" means above?

    Does precede used above mean predate/come before? If so, above sentence seems so complex that I cannot understand it.

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    Re: needed to precede

    You need to install the one piece of software (DirectX) before you install the other (AutoCAD 2012).

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    Re: needed to precede

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You need to install the one piece of software (DirectX) before you install the other (AutoCAD 2012).
    Then should not it write: If you have the AutoCAD 2011 media, the version of DirectX installation needed to precede the AutoCAD 2012 installation is in the following location: [AutoCAD 2011 Media]\Support\DirectX\DXSETUP.EXE."?

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    Re: needed to precede

    No. You need the specified version of DirectX; the word "installation" is superfluous. However, the sentence is badly written. It would be clearer if written in the order of the requirements: If you have the AutoCAD 2011 media, you must install the DirectX version located in [AutoCAD 2011 Media]\Support\DirectX\DXSETUP.EXE before installing AutoCad 2012.
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    Re: needed to precede

    "Direct X installer" is the thing which installs Direct X. The installation is the process of installing something.

    The installer (of Direct X) is needed before you do the installation (of AutoCAD).

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    Re: needed to precede

    In the software world, an installation can mean both the process of installing something and the ensemble of the installed product.
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    Re: needed to precede

    True, but the "installer" would be the piece of software that installs the application.

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    Re: needed to precede

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    " The installer (of Direct X) is needed before you do the installation (of AutoCAD).
    Well, above also seems odd to me because the installer itself, being there, makes nothing for the installation of Autocad. Actually the installer itself not needed because we use it for the installation, after the installation we can delete installer so should not it be written as "The installation of Direct X is needed before you do the installation of AutoCAD?

    Yours is indirect way, mine is the direct way of what is required.

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    Re: needed to precede

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Well, above also seems odd to me because the installer itself, being there, makes nothing for the installation of Autocad. Actually the installer itself not needed because we use it for the installation, after the installation we can delete installer so should not it be written as "The installation of Direct X is needed before you do the installation of AutoCAD?

    Yours is indirect way, mine is the direct way of what is required.
    The passive sentence is awkward, but your point is correct: the real requirement is the DirectX driver. The document should say that. You must have DirectX version x.xx installed before installing AutoCAD 2012.
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    Re: needed to precede

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The passive sentence is awkward​
    What do you mean by "The passive sentence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    but your point is correct: the real requirement is the DirectX driver. The document should say that. You must have DirectX version x.xx installed before installing AutoCAD 2012.
    This is exactly what I mean to say. Why are such important documents not prepared good enough?

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