Ian Lines's Croquet Game
Download a self-installing and extracting executable file croq217.exe of Ian Lines's Croquet game.
The file is about 4 Mbytes in size. Just save it to disk and then run/click on the .exe file and follow the instructions on the screen. It should then be installed and you can run it from the start button.
The program installs as a demo. Registered users get a personal code
You can check your current version of DirectX by running dxdiag.exe (which is probably in your Windows\system directory).
The latest version is 2.1.7 (February 2013)