Have you ever installed 3ds Max 2010 and found that there is no view cube on the viewport and you can’t enable it. Don’t try to reinstall it, it won’t work.
The symptoms: when you click the menubar Views -> ViewCube and SteeringWheel, they showing empty submenu and even when you change it from Viewport Configuration, it didn’t work either. The problem is, 3ds max have a problem with your DirectX 10 and couldn’t render the ViewCube and SteeringWheel, so we need to configure it to use DirectX 9.
Run your 3ds Max with option -h, as showed above, or by modifying start menu shortcut, anyway you want. Wait while the application starting up, and this dialog box appear.
Obviously you have to select DirectX 9.0 Click OK and after it finished startup, try to enable the ViewCube.
Aaand.. that’s it, quick and easy.