The tutorial at http://www.directxtutorial.com free part is great, it is rare that I would say that about most of the content on DirectX, but the $50 premium is really worth it. I hope Chris doesn’t mind if I use some of his ideas on my blog, but I have no idea how his extremely simple approach can be ignored.
As Chris points out in http://www.directxtutorial.com you will need to use one of the templates and strip out everything. As I mentioned in my previous blog about configuration properties there are definite differences between the Windows Store template and console template. Even though Chris’ current material is nominally for Windows 8, the way it is done it works the same in Windows 8.1. There some specific items that you need to be concerned about when using Windows 8.1, for instance Windows sizing has changed, and there is deeper support for interesting things like Point of Sales, and so forth.
So to create a “stripper” or “starter” App, you will need to do the following, and then you can use the tutorial at http://www.directxtutorial.com (I don’t mean to assume that you couldn’t have figured this out, but if I am doing an onramp, I have to start from the beginning, so for differentiation, I used VS 2013 and not VS 2012).