Thanks for the reply, so do I need to give my friend the entire redist folder? ...I still don't understand why it won't work for me though, I have everything installed and I just double checked the spelling in the release configuration.. Specifically, it is currently looking for the d3dx9.lib. I am also using the "additional Include Directories" within the C/C++ General option, should I perhaps be setting the include and lib directories from within the VC++ directories option?
EDIT: So I found out why it wouldn't work for me, I didn't add the library include to the release config....I have no idea why