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    Install/Reinstall Guide?

    I did some various searches but found nothing. I thought there was a guide that explained the install sequence of FSX and add ons. I have installed FSX-SE and am hoping to avoid the traffic debacle that plagued my last install a few months back. I had spent the better part of a weekend installing aircraft, scenery and utilities. It all looked great but then I noticed there was NO traffic and it was discussed as being a possible FS9 traffic file conflict. I never was able to resolve it, but ended up buying another computer. This was my opportunity to install the Steam version and give it one more hurrah before possibly switching to P3Dv2...

    Anyway, I thought Harleyman or TXNetCop had put a guide out. Any help appreciated.

    Thanks
    ....my other Stryker is a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.....

    Matt

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    I have this as text from a few years ago and I'm not sure who created the article but here it is. Hope it works for you:

    Uninstall FsX
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    1. Click on Start
    2. Click on Control Panel.
    3. Click on Switch to classic view
    4. Click on Add or Remove programs
    5. Check mark on Show updated at top bar of the window.
    6. Select Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 1 (Accel or SP2 if
    they show up on the list as well I would assume and this is after
    already having removed all other add on scenery, planes, meshes, textures,
    and any associated left over folders, etc. FlighT01 ) from the installed
    program list and then click on Remove.
    7. Now select the Microsoft Flight Simulator X and click on Remove and
    follow the instructions to uninstall it.

    II Remove the game folder
    ---------------------------------------------------
    1. Right click on Start
    2. Click on Explore
    3. Click on Program Files
    4. Double click on Microsoft games
    5. Select the Flight Simulator X folder and press the Delete key on the
    keyboard.

    III Remove the folder that has saved game content.

    1. Click Start, and then click My Documents.
    2. Right-click the Flight Simulator Files folder, if it exists, and then
    click Delete.

    Note: If the Flight Simulator Files folder does not exist, close the My
    Documents window, and then go to step 3.

    3. Click yes to confirm that you want to remove the folder and all its
    contents.
    4. Close the My Documents window.

    IV Remove the FSX folder

    1. Click on Start
    2. Click on Run
    3. Type %appdata% in the box and click on OK
    4. Double click on Microsoft folder
    5. Select FSX folder and press Delete key on the keyboard.

    V Remove the game from Registry
    -------------------------------------------------------------------

    WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious
    problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system.
    Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from
    using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry editor at your own risk.

    VI Remove the game entries under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    1. Click on Start
    2. Click on Run
    3. In the box type regedit and press Enter key.
    4. Double Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    5. Double Click on Software
    6. Double Click on Microsoft
    7. Double Click on Microsoft Games
    8. Locate "Flight simulator X" and delete the folder. Click on yes when it
    asks to delete this key and all of its sub keys.
    9. Click on edit and click on Find next
    10. In the find box type Flight Simulator X and click on Find next
    11. Delete the entry that is found and then press F3 to find the next
    entry. Keep on pressing F3 until all the entries of Flight simulator have
    been deleted.
    12. Close the Registry editor.

    Note: The above steps will remove the Flight simulator X completely.

    VII Please restart the computer.

    VIII Clean Boot
    ------------------------------
    When you start Microsoft Windows with a normal startup, several programs
    start automatically and run in the background. These programs may include
    third-party antivirus programs and system utility programs.

    When you try to run the game, these programs may interfere with the game.
    If this occurs, you can use a clean boot to start your computer before you
    play a game. This prevents these background programs from starting
    automatically. Hence, we will try reinstalling the game in Clean boot
    mode.

    NOTE: You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the
    Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer
    is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you
    from completing this procedure.

    1. Click on Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type msconfig, and then click OK.
    3. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.
    4. Under Selective Startup, click to clear the following check boxes:

    - Process SYSTEM.INI File
    - Process WIN.INI File
    - Load Startup Items

    5. On the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services
    check box.
    6. On the Startup Tab, click the option "Disable All"
    7. Click on Apply, then click on Close, and then click on Restart

    Disable any antivirus or system security software (Norton, MacAfee). Also,
    if you have any third-party software installed for video performance or
    refresh rate optimization, please disable that software.

    I Reinstall FSX
    -------------------
    1. Insert the Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD Disc 1 in the DVD drive.
    2. On the first page of the Setup wizard, click Next.
    3. Click Install.
    . Install Installs Flight Simulator X.
    . More Options
    On the More Options screen, you can change install location, limit users,
    and start Flight Simulator X after installation.
    4. Install for all Users, run after install, view Readme, and then add a
    shortcut.
    5. To change the Installation folder, click Browse, and then select a new
    location. . To display free space on all drives on the computer, click
    Disk Space.
    6. The installation process will start. When you are prompted to insert
    different Flight Simulator X discs, insert the appropriate disc, and then
    click OK.

    After the installation is complete, the game will build scenery file
    indexes.

    X Download and install Visual C++ Redistributable package
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------
    To download and install Visual C++, please visit the Web site mentioned
    below.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...=32BC1BEE-A3F9-
    4C13-9C99-220B62A191EE&displaylang=en

    Click on Download on the web page and save it on the desktop. Go back to
    the desktop and double click on the downloaded file and try to install the
    package and then try installing the game.

    XI Restart the system.

    XII Download and install Flight Simulator X Service Pack 1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -----------
    Download and install the latest Flight Simulator X Service Pack 1. To do
    this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://www.fsinsider.com/downloads/P...vicePack1.aspx
    Click on Download on the webpage, when you receive File Download dialogue
    box, then click on save, save the file to the desktop. Go back to the
    desktop, open the downloaded file, and try to run the update.
    XIII Download and install Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -----------
    Download and install the latest Flight Simulator X Service Pack 1. To do
    this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://www.fsinsider.com/downloads/P...vicePack2.aspx

    Click on Download on the webpage, when you receive File Download dialogue
    box, then click on save, save the file to the desktop. Go back to the
    desktop, open the downloaded file, and try to run the update.
    This time it worked, and has been fine since.
    It may be that that is your only choice.
    Hope that's of some help.
    I won't put the posters name here, and apparently these instructions are
    from Microsoft Support. I do not remember where I saw this. I wouldn't
    want the poster to take any blame if something I cut and pasted here is
    incorrect. I haven't had to go through this yet myself, so I don't know
    how it works, but I'm certain at some point I probably will. Sooner or
    later with FSX... I'll fubar something up, done it before, I'm sure I'll
    do it again. And if nothing else it's worth a shot if your contemplating a
    complete reformat to see if you can save yourself some time and
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    Roger,

    Thanks for that piece too. Luckily since this is a new HDD and install, I absolutely did not have to tweak with my registry or delete existing folders. Do you have any advice on the order of add on installs, in other words scenery and mesh add one? Do I physically need to start FSX each time after each add on(Orbx, UTX, etc.) to check integrity of the install and whether or not traffic has been deleted or modified? Also, I will do all physical aircraft add one in the end, as they do not necessarily impact traffic files, unless that's an incorrect assumption too.

    Thoughts?

    Matt
    ....my other Stryker is a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.....

    Matt

    CPU: i9 7900X @3.30GHz water-cooled
    GPU: Nvidia 1080 GTX x 2 SLI configured
    RAM: 32GB DDR4@2666 Mhz
    HDD: 512GB SSD for Boot OS, 2TB SSD for flight sims, 2 TB 7200 RPM for all other stuff
    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
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    VR: Occulus Rift

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    Hi Matt,

    With regards to the order of installation of ORBX products check out their website there is loads of information there. I think if I was reinstalling I would add all regions first then start FsX and check that all was good then move on to Global, Vector and then individual airports being carefull to change Central as required.
    SYSTEM :
    OS:Win7 Home Premium 64 bit UAC OFF!
    DX version Dx10 with Steve's Fixer.
    Processor:I5 4670k overclocked to 4.4 gHz with Corsair CW-9060008-WW hydro cooler
    Motherboard:Z87
    RAM:16 gig 1866 gigaHz Corsair ram
    Video Card:MSI 1070 8 gig ram
    HD:2Tb Samsung 850 evo SSD

    To err is human; to forgive is divine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger View Post
    Hi Matt,

    With regards to the order of installation of ORBX products check out their website there is loads of information there. I think if I was reinstalling I would add all regions first then start FsX and check that all was good then move on to Global, Vector and then individual airports being carefull to change Central as required.

    Great tips Roger. I think when I've re-installed in the past, my impatience got in the way of what would be the right way, and admittedly, Orbx has a huge amount of space on my drive. I am really interested to see how the 4k resolution turns out with all of the aircraft, weather and scenery. Thanks for helping a seasoned guy fumble through his install.
    ....my other Stryker is a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.....

    Matt

    CPU: i9 7900X @3.30GHz water-cooled
    GPU: Nvidia 1080 GTX x 2 SLI configured
    RAM: 32GB DDR4@2666 Mhz
    HDD: 512GB SSD for Boot OS, 2TB SSD for flight sims, 2 TB 7200 RPM for all other stuff
    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    HOTAS: TM Warthog and Saitek Combat Pilot Rudder pedals
    VR: Occulus Rift

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