Gents: Can't get CFS3 to work with Win-7. Been to and read-printed out instructions from several web sites and forums, including M-$ and SOH, and others.
Even M-$ site was beyond useless, and its links went back to SOH forums from 2009, 2010 and 2011. Their Fix-It patches did not work.
Been in contact with M-$, to no avail.
All I was able to do was get CFS1 to work with my new Cyborg-X joystick; CFS2 works great with my vast back-up of planes, ships, missions, etc.
As of today, I have loaded, reloaded, deleted, uninstalled CFS3 for the 18th and final time.
I have followed all Fixes noted in this Forum and others, in numerous combinations, renaming, deleting .dll files, resetting to Win-Vista SP2, then to Win-XP SP3, Admin Priveleges, with and without all patches and/or MB, etc, etc.
I consider myself a decent hacker, so I am my wits end.
Back on Maundy Thursday this year, my Boomer Win-XP Pro gaming machine exploded.
On Good Friday, I bought another Boomer Win-7 64-bit machine.
By Holy Saturday, I had all my stuff recovered to a pair of 1.5Tb HDD's, and went back online.
On Easter Sunday, I reloaded all of my CFS3 stuff, including all 8- of my add-ons.
I loaded a Clean/Patched/MB version of CFS3 installed, then copied over my Prime-Bloated version of CFS3 from one of the Back-Up HDD's, (my thanks to Martin Wright).
Then did same with BoB, Korea, MAW (had trouble with MAW's MB .dll files), then ETO (trouble with its BDP file zapper), and PTO_Solomons (no trouble), and finally PTO_R-S.
All ran well up to 3- weeks ago.
One evening, I was finishing some PTO and CFS3 missions to send to HouseHobit (Owen) for his test fly and upload to his site.
That night, I got a notice of some M-$ updates, 9- of them, and clicked OK to do it.
The next evening, I went to use PTO Mission Builder.
It said it can't find some .dll files on my machine.
So, as I had to do with MAW, I copied them, in the order requested saying this or that .dll file was missing from my machine, after 11 attempts to load PTO MB, I clicked copy to add these .dll files into the PTO MB folder, and into the Main OS Windows folder.
So I found a long past back-up folder with updated .dll files for CFS3 from 2005 and another from 2007.
I put them into my Clean/Patched load of CFS3, my Prime-Bloated load of CFS3, ETO, PTO, PTO MB, and into my Main OS Windows folders.
Assuming my CFS3 #2 Play CD went bad, I found at Amazon a fresh CFS3 Battle for Europe Set dated 2007/2009 and works with Win-XP Pro.
Got it, deleted all Clean/Patched CFS3 loads, and tried it once again.
Zero effect. I still get that CFS3 Failed to Load. And I get the same error window when I try any of my other 7- add-ons for CFS3.
And I get the same Missing .dll files messag when i click on amy one of the MB icons.
My guess about the 9- M-$ updates, well here it is...
One was for M-$ Outlook Security. One was for a Malicious Spyware Scanner.
But the other 7- "updates" were for Security Updates for Win-7, Microsoft, Programs (x86).
All updates were dated for July 10th, 2012, with a Core Date of July 10th 2011.
I ignored these update requests until the 14th of July, and on the 15th of July, None of my 8- CFS3 installs would work.
My guess, they saw any and all of the .dll files (all dated from 2002 and/or 2005/2007) within Every Load of CFS3 and its add-ons, and corrupted them or removed any Registry Links to open these .dll files.
It is my guess that this is why all CFS3 versions, when you go to MB, say the .dll files are missing. They were disabled or overwritten or corrupted by these 7- Secutiry Updates for Win-7/Windows/Programs(x86).
Note: Uninstalling these 7- updates did not return my machine to its original working order.
If all of you folks have come up with a Universally Acceptable and Universally Workable Solution to this Win-7 / CFS3 Compatibility issue, I would surely like to hear it.
Microsoft has been about the most worthless company I have ever had to deal with. You would think that they would allow their own products to work with any and all of their latest OS's.
At least I got CFS1 and CFS2 working well, as with about a dozen other Non-M$ FLight Sims I have.
Can someone please send me a link to The Absolute Final Working-for-Everyone Solution?