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Is Flight! and content still available?

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I'm going to upgrade my win10 32bit to win 10 64bit, to have more memory for use in my computer, my mother board and processor is compatible and will allow that.

Doing so, I will have to do a clean install, so i'm going to lose my Flight! installation.

 

Does anyone know, am I still being able to download and retrieve Flight! main program and my bought content (all exept Mustang) and install them?

The program and content is mainly from Microsoft GWFL, exept Hawaii and two planes, which are from steam.

 

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Yeah..the program is still available:

"Make sure you have the latest GFWL client installed: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=201134 (or www.flighttoolkit.com/flightInstallers/gfwlivesetup.exe)
You can download\install Microsoft Flight from here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9800616
"

 

You can log into your GFWL account and download the content yourself or you can use the Flight Toolkit to install any DLC which you have previously purchased via the Addon Manager.

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Thank's KavindaJD, will start the demanding task (at least for me) tomorrow. Will be looking forward the Maximum settings on Flight! graphics.  :smile:

 

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This topic comes up periodically and KavindaJD has provided an excellent answer. 

 

I'm pinning this for future reference for all our members.

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So, I did manage to upgrade my system from 32 bit to 64 bit, with clean install of win10.

I upgraded my memory from 2 Gb to 4 Gb (my mother board supports only 8 Gb max in 2 Gb modules in 4 sockets.)

I also bought 500 Gb SSD, which now holds operating system and MS Flight.

 

I was able to download Flight with the instructions of KavindaJD.

But I was not able to install my bought content with GFWL client. I managet to sign in, but when it was checking my purchases, it informed me: "There was an error retrieving your purchase history. Please sign out and try again later." 

I did try it several times and on different days (yesterday and today), but with the same result, so it might be possible that you cannot retrieve your purchases anymore with GFWL client?

OK, so then I installed flight tools (1.1.16) and that did the job, I was able to get my content, and now have Flight with all glory (thanks to Stonelance for great toolkit).

Next job is to convert Flight sim x scenery with the toolkit, to keep me busy.

 

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Me again.

The conversion of FS10 scenery went smoothly, so almost every thing is back to normal and little more.

I'm only missing my career and achievements, which I did not remember to back up first (and my screenshots).

Well I have lots of missions to accomplish and pictures to take...

 

-eelis- 

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Me again.

The conversion of FS10 scenery went smoothly, so almost every thing is back to normal and little more.

I'm only missing my career and achievements, which I did not remember to back up first (and my screenshots).

Well I have lots of missions to accomplish and pictures to take...

 

-eelis- 

 

Glad it all worked out OK in the end! On a positive note, you can replay all of the tutorials/lessons, landing challenges and missions. There really should have been more missions...oh well...Flight is still great for me, for VFR flying in the paradise that is Hawai'i, or the vastness that is Alaska. Anyway, I wax nostalgic in topics like this. I know what it's like to have a successful PC upgrade, so very pleased for you! And yes, as usual Kavinda has the answer you need. :smile:

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I'm on the same way....

 

Something has to keep me busy until DTGs Flight School becomes available :-)

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Brandon was also reporting similar issues with GFWL.  He also had problems where it couldn't retrieve his product key so he couldn't even start Flight with GFWL.  If I were you guys, I would report these problems on some MS forums.  It could be that some service change broke GFWL.

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Brandon was also reporting similar issues with GFWL.  He also had problems where it couldn't retrieve his product key so he couldn't even start Flight with GFWL.  If I were you guys, I would report these problems on some MS forums.  It could be that some service change broke GFWL.

 

A lot of people all over the web are having the same issue. MS says the service is gone and there is no longer anyone supporting it. Attempts to get any sort of answer over the phone just ends with flustered tech support dumping you to whatever department they can think of.

 

Threads like this are everywhere, and Flight is in the same boat. It seems that MS has turned out the lights and simply walked away, leaving who knows how many people stranded.

 

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_support/xbox_on_windows_support/f/5415/t/2074436.aspx?pi7406=1#5489863

 

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1182678

 

Now, you can go to https://live.xbox.com/en-US/download/history to check your purchase history, and it will gladly show you all your stuff, but if you then click on the download links....... you are taken to a dead page.

 

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Well at least they say "someone is working on it".  Better than "definitely no one working on it" :)  Whether they can actually fix it is another issue.  Probably not worth holding our breathe.

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Well at least they say "someone is working on it".  Better than "definitely no one working on it" :)  Whether they can actually fix it is another issue.  Probably not worth holding our breathe.

 

And now they have started locking threads. 

 

In one of the DTG flight school threads, there was some talk the Windows Store version vs the Steam version.

 

My take is that with Microsoft's history of abandoned support, what person in his right mind is going to buy from the MS app store?

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My take is that with Microsoft's history of abandoned support, what person in his right mind is going to buy from the MS app store?

 

Not me for sure! Steam it'll be!!!

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Well, at least with the toolkit everything other than multiplayer still works, and we knew those servers were going to go down eventually anyway.

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Hi,

Trying to get the word out:  GFWL content is once again available as of March 25, 2016.

Jim F.

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Hi,

Trying to get the word out:  GFWL content is once again available as of March 25, 2016.

Jim F.

 

Some were reporting that yesterday, but it didn't work for most. Trying again.

 

 

EDIT: Nope, Nothing.

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Hi,

Downloads still working for me.  I've downloaded the Mustang, Maule and Zero previews intermittently throughout the day.  They seemed to download and install without problems; I don't know how to check if they really are there.  I downloaded the Maule and all seems fine with it.  I've been hesitant to install the Hawaii pack without getting a bit more familiar with the basics.  When I initially downloaded Flight it hung-up at about 35% but I cancelled and tried again and it downloaded without any difficulty.  No other glitches.

HiFlyer:  Where did you see the other reports that downloads were working?  I had bookmarked a bunch of sites dealing with Flight and wasn't able to find any other  references.  I hadn't checked for several days and didn't want to post what was already common knowledge.

Jim F.

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Hi,

Downloads still working for me.  I've downloaded the Mustang, Maule and Zero previews intermittently throughout the day.  They seemed to download and install without problems; I don't know how to check if they really are there.  I downloaded the Maule and all seems fine with it.  I've been hesitant to install the Hawaii pack without getting a bit more familiar with the basics.  When I initially downloaded Flight it hung-up at about 35% but I cancelled and tried again and it downloaded without any difficulty.  No other glitches.

HiFlyer:  Where did you see the other reports that downloads were working?  I had bookmarked a bunch of sites dealing with Flight and wasn't able to find any other  references.  I hadn't checked for several days and didn't want to post what was already common knowledge.

Jim F.

 

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1182678&page=5

 

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_support/xbox_on_windows_support/f/5415/t/2138652.aspx

 

EDIT: After trying repeatedly, it finally worked: Seems you have to just stick with it if it takes a few times.

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Hi Devon,

Are YOU still there?  It seems as though there are very few people that have an interest in Flight.  Prior to posting in this thread I posted my observation that GFWL was working again and another post requesting suggestions about re-installing Flight.  Both posts show 0 views and 0 replies.

I personally lost interest when I first heard rumors that the Flight franchise was being sold and I fully expected it to be resurrected elsewhere and chose to hold off until then.  After awhile I returned to the relatively cartoonish FSX .  Nothing has come close to the immersive feeling I get with Flight.  Flying low in GA aircraft as realistically as possible is my thing and I fully understand the disappointment of others who prefer other types of flying not supported.

I've downloaded the rest of Hawaii and am still checking things out.  I did have some problems with braking using pedals but copied some values from my FSX Standard.xml to the Flight Standard.xml to correct them and all seems well.

I see that Stonelance has done a fantastic amount of work  and intend to take advantage of his efforts but am at a loss as to where to start;  I'm afraid of doing something irreversible and messing things up.  I've tried to find some overview of the Flight Toolkit but am having a hard time finding it.  I probably should just bite the bullet and install it and go from there but don't feel comfortable doing that.

Any suggestions you could provide as to how I should proceed would be more than welcome. And do you know of any forums that are still active?

Jim F. 

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Any suggestions you could provide as to how I should proceed would be more than welcome. And do you know of any forums that are still active?

Jim F. 

 

This forum is still active, just people in semi-stealth mode.  :smile:

 

Stonelance is still out there and the Flight Toolkit site does have instructions, plus there are actually active threads here regarding use and installation.

 

If you like low, slow and smooth you might also try the Outerra demo. Its not a Flight-sim yet, but the potential is certainly there, and its a nice change from all the FSX derivatives.

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Hi All, I joined a while ago and come most days, but usually don't sign in. I'm very interested in MS Flight. I downloaded the basic game a few years ago and then had to leave town for a time and deal with an aging relative with memory problems. By the time I returned, the DLC's were no longer being sold - one of my big regrets. I sure wish it was still available. Even though the servers have been turned off, I would love to have the rest of Hawaii and Alaska. I enjoy the ICON plane, but it would be nice to try some others. Even with the aerocaches not working, just the scenery would be nice so I could "go" some new places. I think what Stonelance and others are doing is a labor of love. I really appreciate the continuing interest in the game. It electrified me the first time I played because it looks so striking. The developers did a marvelous job.

 

I am mid 60's, handicapped (COPD-sheetrock dust, insulation,etc.) and not real skilled with computer stuff. I can do all the usual stuff and even spent a few days trying to learn about MSI errors when I installed the toolkit. I finally succeeded. But, many things go over my head. I am in awe of those of you who can program in something like this and just the basic program has given me a great deal of enjoyment - I can "go places" and "do things" vicariously. I have "run" to the telescopes twice.

 

I think Microsoft didn't give the game enough of a chance. I think when developers think of gamers, they visualize a younger teenager or young adult, who is maybe a bit hyper or impatient and wants something different from the games they play. In my case, I have a moderate computer and it is choppy a little bit sometimes in Flight, but acceptable to me. I don't foresee a gaming computer in my future. I have tried Flightgear and the FSX Demo from Steam and my computer is just a tad too slow for them. I don't have any interest in becoming a pilot. I have some complicated things I do most days and so when afternoon comes, I just like something that lets me escape and not work at intensely - MS Flight has been good this way. I even deleted the first program I initially got free from Steam and redownloaded Flight from Softonic. I did this so the aerocaches and missions were open again. As I said, for me it is fun and relaxing and that's all I want. I would also add that, with the number of Baby Boomers retiring and many of us lost a significant amount of money in the housing crash of 2008, that our later years will be a bit more confined. Most older folks have computers and it might just be that the market for Flight is older folks, because the program is so much more user friendly than any other I have seen. Older folks won't likely have big fast machines, but usually what they have is just capable of running MS Flight. The possibility of having the whole world as scenery, could give a lot of older folks some hours of enjoyment that wouldn't be so expensive. I know nothing about games or marketing, but it might be a way to fill some hours versus playing solitaire - which many do.

 

I understand from reading here that I must have FSX and use that, then the toolkit, to add scenery. I am unclear whether this will work for me without having gotten Hawaii and/or Alaska. I hope it will work. I am waiting till the Steam summer sale to see if they discount FSX. If not I will purchase it then for what it is priced at. As I mentioned, I am low skills when it comes to advanced computer things so any step by step or very explanatory stuff is a great big help. This is another thing that might help build popularity is to make it so easy to get into and set up.

 

There are a number of things I still don't understand about how this stuff works. Simplify is always good. I hope, if nothing else, I will be able to add more scenery, but if not, I still really admire Stonelance and anyone else who continues to work on this game that I like so much. Thank-you very much for what you are doing. I hope it will be of benefit to someone at some point.

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Thanks for the lovely message.

 

Just so you know, you do need Hawaii and Alaska for the FSX converison, but with the toolkit you can download them for free.

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Thanks Stonelance. As I mentioned I am quite inexperienced so any helpful info. you or any of the others could offer on how to acquire that Hawaii and Alaska content would be very much appreciated. I can go to the toolkit and click on the.exe files and get the boxes to show, but have not the slightest clue of how to work with any of this.

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If you run Addon Manager you should see a bunch of addons listed in the pane at the bottom.  These are addons that are available but not installed.  If you click the checkbox it will start downloading and installing them.

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