AZ - yes, 64 bit Windows 7
Also ran dxdiag, it is DirectX 9
Don't think it gave me the option to install DX 8 or not.
Jenny - I sure do remember. That walkthrough was a LOT of work. Chasing a couple of dead-ends, 'specially the cat.
I will try the update, but I know my version is the original (SafeDisk and all) so my hopes are not up yet.