This DirectX 9.0 End-User Runtime
Page now offers downloads of version DirectX 9.0 (thanks Toten Maske and Neowin.net).
Here's a bit: "DirectX 9.0 includes security and performance updates, along
with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by
applications using the DirectX 9.0 APIs." For the wary, here's a warning:
"The DirectX 9.0 runtime cannot be uninstalled. We recommend Windows
Millennium and XP users create a 'System Restore' point before installing."