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Complete Reinstall of FSX

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I'm thinking of doing a complete reinstall of FSX and am wondering whether to reinstall the OS as well. I know with XP and earlier versions a reinstall would really clean things up and everything would be a lot faster. Does this still hold true with Win 7 64, or to a lesser degree?

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I have the same experience with Win7. A complete reinstall and proper disc defrag definately will speed up performance.

 

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If You are/were installing some stuff which is not present anymore, it is worth going from the scratch.

That way You will have better organized Registry tree, more free space on HDD.

 

But please do a backup before, and check if it is working in case of some issues after formatting Your system drive

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My installation is now somewhat old, and still, on the SSD, I see no difference to day one.

 

Srdan, I have changed winter tires today in one of my cars.

Until replacement, I'd say exactly the same - ' I see no difference to day one'. But... As soon as I move with a punch of power, I felt much better grip.

 

FatBack - You have to decide on Your own, if it is worth going from scratch. If You have plenty of tools installed to Your OS, and they all work, leave it as is. If You have only FSX, I'd go all the way.

 

Actually, I have cleaned up my PC after more than two Years. The speed benefit is very small (or even non-existent) but I have gained few bytes of free data on my disks.

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The OS is fine now. But for the time it will take to uninstall all my FSX sceneries and aircraft and check the directories and registry to make sure but never in the back of my mind being 100% sure I can just reinstall the OS. It might not be faster but I'll feel better, for no other reason than I'll feel better. And I have a large drive on the system that I can copy my OS and FSX drives to just in case I need anything later. So after some contemplation it will be a full reinstall. If you don't hear from me in the next week please send EMS.

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You could just uninstall FSX, then run CCleaner. Unless you've been using Win7 for a couple of years with lots and lots of different software I see no need to do a reinstall. The performance gain would be theoretical.

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Everything is running great, and I hate to do it, but somehow I've messed up my "airport data files in FSX core file struture," as PMDG support says, and I tend to agree with them. So FSX has to go, and uninstalling all my FSX programs will take as long as a new OS install.

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Yikes! Good luck. It sure is time consuming removing all those addons... There should have been an ISO standard that addon devs could comply to.

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I have my FSX installed on a 250GB SSD (FSX, scenery, everything). Win 7 is there too. I install everything else not related to flightsim now on my old "C" drive, which is F: now. Flightsim loads much faster. Runs better (& faster) too. Running faster probably has a lot to do with the fact that I also upgraded to an AMD Radeon 6850 and an Intel I7 3.5 GHz processor. But the huge speedup in loading must be due to the solid state drive. I just wish that I would have gotten at least a 500GB drive though, as I see that someday soon, I could be running out of space.

I would have thought that absurd back in the eighties when my Commodore Amiga was state of the art with a 40mhz Motorola 68030 processor, eight MB RAM, and an 80 MB hard drive.

SubLogic's Flight Simulator II for the Amiga was miles ahead of the IBM compatible version of flightsim.

My how times change.

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I had an Amiga too lol. Earl Weaver Baseball was great. I had Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and all the other guys and I'd edit their stats so nobody could beat me. Of course there was no internet then so nobody was me lol. That was 20 years ago and the graphics on that game could stand up today. The Sublogic Flight Simulator was good too, for its time. OMG, 20 years of flight simming?

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At the time, the graphics were awesome. I had all the books by Charles Gulick. His writing style really got one into the sim, with all his adventures.

I still have all his books. Considering trying some of those adventures in today's flightsim.

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Didn't have his books. I would take off from KOAK to KSFO and try to land and I never did. I didn't have the concept of how to land, but I had fun trying. Many many times. My dad was a pilot and if he could have seen me then he'd cringe lol. But hey, it was fun.

 

Edit: My new picture is Purple Girl after her first "solid" food.

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I have heard both sides of the argument - some say when you install it should not be placed in the program files program - some say the opposite - any thoughts w/ you guys? Thanks!

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Related question - If I wanted to do a FSX Repair (short of a full re-install), I understand the steps involved are: Uninstall Acceleration, Repair FSX, Re-install Acceleration. Correct?

Also, what files should I backup prior to the above (terrain.cfg, etc?)? since the repair process doesn't (I hope) actually remove my add-ons from my drive, but key FSX files those add-ons rely on might be overwritten.

 

(Why would I want to do this? 1) Somewhere along the way something has gone fubar and one of my add-ons (Mindstar G1000) isn't working right anymore. I'm hoping a repair will fix whatever files were changed that are preventing that addon from running correctly. 2) I added one of the Supression Flight effects packages (rain effects on windshield) and don't like what it did. I haven't found any way to un-do what the Supression Flight package has done).

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That's exactly what happened to me. Somewhere along the line something went Fubar and my reaction is to do a full reintsall. Your's is to vacillate and hope you don't have to when you know deep down you do. At the end of the day, would you be happy with an FSX repair? So there is your answer.

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