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Best version of windows for FSX?

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I think it's generally accepted that the best O/S for FSX is Win 7/64.

 

Nice, stable O/S with the ability to use plenty of memory for all of those upgrades!   :smile:

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thanks, win proffesional?



I think it's generally accepted that the best O/S for FSX is Win 7/64.

 

Nice, stable O/S with the ability to use plenty of memory for all of those upgrades!   :smile:

win 7 pro?

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I don't think it really matters if it's pro or not. I always just use the home premium and I've never had an issue.

 

If there is a benefit, I'd love to hear about it though. :)

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Separate drive is advisable but not essential, the performance benefit is not that great (loads a bit quicker, might get a few less blurries). I certainly wouldn't bother spending money on a drive solely for that purpose unless I was short of space.

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I believe Windows 7 Home Basic only supports up to 8 GB of memory, Home Premium 16 GB of memory, and Windows 7 Professional and above 192 GB.

 

If you're planning on running alot or RAM, or adding alot more RAM in the future, you might want to look into Windows 7 Professional.

 

Also, with regards to separate drives.  Certainly not mandatory by any stretch of the imagination but if you can afford it I always think separate drives is better.  Performance considerations aside, FSX and all your assorted "FSX Stuff" likes alot of room to play.  Its nice to be able to give it its own playground.  It also makes backups a bit easier.  If you want to image your system drive but its loaded with FSX stuff...it makes for huge images.  Much easier (for me at least...opinions vary) to have a nice slim system drive and all my FSX stuff on its own drive.

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It also makes backups a bit easier.

 

Wouldn't OS & FSX on the same SATA III 512GB SSD make for simpler backups? No need to back up multiple drives at the same time. I would imagine the software handles that part but still it seems at least simpler to image or clone one drive versus two drives. My sense is that unlike when HDD's are involved, installing OS & FSX on a good SATA III won't entail much if any of a performance or behavior penalty...so I've read.

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Wouldn't OS & FSX on the same SATA III 512GB SSD make for simpler backups? No need to back up multiple drives at the same time. I would imagine the software handles that part but still it seems at least simpler to image or clone one drive versus two drives. My sense is that unlike when HDD's are involved, installing OS & FSX on a good SATA III won't entail much if any of a performance or behavior penalty...so I've read.

 

Depends on your setup. 

 

If you're using the standard Windows 7 backup to create an image of your system drive, and if you've got a ton of FSX stuff installed on that same drive...it can end up being a really big image that takes a long time.

 

For example, my own setup my dedicated FSX drive is at around 300 Gig right now. By keeping that on a separate drive I can create a system image of JUST my C drive (Without the huge amount of FSX stuff) which is much smaller and more manageable.  Then, for my FSX drive, I don't create an image..I can pick and choose which folders I want to back up and just back those up.  So, for example, I back up my FSX folder but don't back up my Megascenery folder or BlueSkyScenery.  If something happens and I need that stuff back...I've got it on DVD.

 

So thats why I said its a "bit" easier.  If you've got a small FSX installation and you don't mind it being all lumped in with your system image then its certainly easier to just image the whole thing.  But if you're like me and you're FSX installation tends to grow and expand alot....keeping it all completely separate has been alot easier for me.

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