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How Do I Update Prepar3D V3 Using the New Installers

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Link for Updated Tutorial Below  
 
 
 
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Introduction
 
This is a Tutorial to Update Prepar3D V3.1 To V3.2 using the New Update Installers
 
With the Release of Prepar3D Version 3 on the 30/10/15 we can Update from Version to Version without doing a Complete Reinstall  
 
""The Prepar3D Installer now split's into three separate components which can be updated and installed independently: Client, Content, and Scenery""
 
Install_Client.msi:  This is the Main update, This will bring Prepar3D to the latest Version.  You Need the Client this to Update Prepar3D v3 
 
Install_Content.msi and Install_scenery.msi Updates are Optional.  Please Read the Release Notes from the Link Provide below and decide weather Or Not You want to Update these Components 
 
 
I will Update with the Install_Client.msi which will bring me up to Version 3.2, I have decided also to Update the Install_Scenery.msi  
 
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INDEX
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(1)  Downloading Prepar3D V3.2 Complete. 
 
(2)  Uninstalling the Client  and Scenery  ( Scenery and Content are Optional) 
 
(3)  Updating the Client and Scenery 
 
(4)  Confirming the New Update was successful 
 
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(5)  Uninstalling Prepar3D v3 completely. 
 
(6)  Installing Prepar3d V 3.2
 
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(1)  Downloading Prepar3D V3.2 Complete. 
 
When a new updated is released I will always Download the Complete Prepar3D v3 Download from the Website and save it in a safe Location on my PC, This way you can always have the complete folder close to hand.  
 
Note: Use a Download Manager to Insure a successful download 
 
Go to  http://www.prepar3d.com/purchased_downloads/  Enter your Customer Account Information and Click Submit
 
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You can download V 3.2 (9.80 GB)  Complete by left Clicking. 
 
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(2) Uninstalling The Client  (Scenery and Content Optional)   Note: You need to Uninstall the old Components first 
 
I have decided to do a Client and Scenery Update 
 
 I will now Uninstall the Client and Scenery from Programs and Features.
 
Navigate to:    Programs ► Programs and Features ► Uninstall or change a program 
 
1 Right Click on Prepar3D v3 Client and Click Uninstall.   2 Right Click on Prepar3D v3 Scenery (Optional) and Uninstall.  Please Note this is the exact same process for Content
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(3) Installing/Updating 
 
Before you go any further,  Go back to your Programs and Features and Confirm that you have successfully Uninstalled your Client and Or Scenery and Content. 
 
Now, lets have a look at the New Downloaded Prepar3D V3.2 Folder 
 
Setup.exe is used Only if you are doing a Full Reinstall to 3.2   (More on this later) 
 
Install_Client.msi,  YOU Need this. If you want to Update Prepar3D V3 to V 3.2 Or the Next available Update you Need to Install the Client.   The Client is the "Engine" of Prepar3D v3
 
Install_Content.msi and Install_Scenery.msi are Optional Updates.  Please read the Release Notes  http://prepar3d.com/SDKv3/LearningCenter/what_is_new/new_v32.html
 
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You Need to Install the Client first.   If you try and Install the Scenery.msi first you will be greeted with this Message.  No problem just Click Ok and Install the Client 
 
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Right Click on Install_Client.msi and Click Install.  Please Insure the Installer has correctly picked your Prepar3D v3 Installed Location,  Click Next.  Click Finish 
 
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Next, Right Click on Install_Scenery.msi and Click Install.  This process will take a little Longer, Follow the simple steps through. As you can see my Scenery is now Installed. 
 
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(4) Confirming the New Update was successful
 
Navigate back to Programs and Features and Confirm that the Client and Or Scenery and Content has now been updated to 3.2 
 
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Before You Proceed Restart your Computer
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When you Launch Prepar3D you will have to Activate again.  This is Normal. 
 
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In Prepar3D you can Click Help and About Lockheed Martin.  You can check your Version here any-time as well. 
 
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You have Now successfully Updated Prepar3D to the Current Version 
 
 
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(5) Uninstalling Prepar3D v3  
 
If you want to Completely Uninstall Prepar3D v3.   You can follow the steps in this Guide here   
 
 
 
(6)  Installing Prepar3D V3.2
 
You can Install Prepar3D V3.2 from Inside the same Folder.  Right Click on Setup.exe and Run as administrator. The Installer will Install Over 20 gigs of Data to your Computer so pick a suitable Location.
 
The Installer will want to Install to your C Drive, If you are happy with this, Click Install.  You can also Browse to a Different Location and Install there.  When finished Click Close and Restart your Computer.       
 
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Thank you 

 

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Bless your bones for posting this, Elaine!     Mods, PLEASE sticky this on here as soon as possible.     :Applause:

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Another excellent guide!  Thanks Elaine!

 

Best regards,

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Well, Poppet has 3 pinned topics now. I think its time to just go ahead and hand her a Moderator badge.  :Applause:

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Elaine,

I chose to do the update including the two optional files, content and scenery. I am running windows 10. I used the Windows Control Panel to Uninstall the three old files, then shut down the computer and re started it. I then successfully installed the new client file. However I can not get the other two files to install. They start the install process and run for a couple of minutes and then I get an error message that says: (this one is from the scenery file try)

 

Source file not found: C:\Users\Howard\AppData\Local\Temp\Temp1_Prepar3D_v3_Academic_3.2.3.16769.zip\Prepar3D_v3_Academic_3.2.3.16769\scene1cab. Verify that the file exists and that you can access the files.

I get a similar message when I try to install the content file.

In addition to the three msi files Included in my download from LM are the following additional files:

one zip file called cont.1cab

Six zip files called scene1.cab through scene6.cab

One Setup.exe file

There are no instructions as what to do with these files.

Can you help me out here?

Thanks.

Howard

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Hello Howard.  You Only Need to Concentrate on the Client  Scenery and Content,  The other files will Automatically come into Play when you Click Client, Scenery or Content

 

Just want to confirm that you Downloaded the Complete 9.80 GB from the Website and Extracted it (without errors) to your Computer? 

 

You Installed Client First? 

 

Also, That your 100% sure that you Did Not Uninstall Prepar3D V3 Academic\Professional 

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@Poppet.

Thank you Sir for your guidance. Sorry if I am asking stupid questions. When I checked the programs and features in the control panel, I could see P3D V3 client, which was 195 mb in size but the content and scenery components were listed to have sizes of 5.8GB and 12.3 GB respectively ( is it because of the large number of addons that I have installed?) . If I wanted to do a components only installation using the client, content and scenery updates, should I first of all uninstall the content and scenery components also from the 'program and features' before running the corresponding updates which in fact appear to be of much smaller sizes ( if I uninstall the original content and scenery, would I erase the addons that I have on the SSD and would I need to reinstall them, the thing that I actually wanted to avoid ?). Thanks in advance for a reply.

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When I checked the programs and features in the control panel, I could see P3D V3 client, which was 195 mb in size but the content and scenery components were listed to have sizes of 5.8GB and 12.3 GB respectively ( is it because of the large number of addons that I have installed?)

 

Hello.  I have Installed No 3rd party Software yet and my Scenery and Content is the same as your's 12.3 and 5.8,  So this normal.   

 

If I wanted to do a components only installation using the client, content and scenery updates, should I first of all uninstall the content and scenery components also from the 'program and features' before running the corresponding updates which in fact appear to be of much smaller sizes

 

In This Order. 

 

Download the Complete Download to your Computer and Extract it. 

 

Yes, If your are going to Update Prepar3D using the new Components\Installers You Must Uninstall Client, and Or Content and Scenery First before Updating.  

 

Restart your Computer. 

 

Install Client First, Then the Content and Scenery depending of what you decided to Update, (Content and Or Scenery)

 

Restart your Computer.   

 

Check to see that you have Update successfully, by going to Programs and Features Or you can Check inside the Sim  (Prepar3D) 

 

 

the corresponding updates which in fact appear to be of much smaller sizes

 

Yes the New Updates look tiny when you compare to the Old Updates, That's Because what your looking at is Installers These Installers will Install from the other Downloaded folders. This is also Normal 

 

 

if I uninstall the original content and scenery, would I erase the addons that I have on the SSD and would I need to reinstall them, the thing that I actually wanted to avoid ?).

 

I have not Installed any 3rd Part Software yet,  But here is a very Informative post from Carlito777  (Thomas)

 

Also, From what i am hearing on the boards it is recommended to Delete the the Shaders in your Shadres Folder after you do the Update    http://bit.ly/1P17ZHo

 

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""I took the plunge this afternoon and installed the client as well as the content update and compared the files before and after the installations to determine what is changed and what one has to do so that all add-ons work properly after install.

 

Client update

 

When updating the client, apart from the core P3D files, the installer only updates files in the ShadersHLSL directory. This also affects files from PrecipitFX so a reinstall of PrecipitFX is also required when updating only the client.

 

Content update

 

Here comes the more interesting part. I compared most of the files in the following P3D sub-directories to identify the changes made by the content installer:

 

../Autogen

../Effects

../Fonts

../gauges

../ShadersHLSL

../SimObjects

../Scenery

../Sound

../Texture

 

And this are the findings:

 

Autogen

The content installer does replace the autogen definitions. However, to restore them you only have to run FTX Central and switch regions. That’s it. No need to backup the Autogen folder.

 

Effects

The installer will replace a lot of the effects with newer files. Nothing is deleted. So I would recommend doing nothing as copying back an old backup of Effects would replace the newer files by older ones. Only thing you need to do is reinstall PrecipitFX to get back these effects.

 

Gauges and Simobjects

The installer does a couple of changes to the default aircraft. However, none of the add-on aircrafts is affected.

 

Sound

Some wind sounds are replaced. I would assume that if you install REX sounds then they will be replaced again.

 

Texture

The installer replaces a lot of the texture files but does not delete any additional files put in there by third party add-ons. This means you definitely have to reinstall your REX textures (after they have provided the required update for 3.2). Also if you own Airport Graphics HD you need to reinstall this. That’s it.

 

Other folders are not affected. So in a nutshell what you need to do after updating the content is:

 

  1. Set a region in FTX Central to fix your autogen files
  2. Reinstall PrecipitFX
  3. Reinstall REX textures
  4. Reinstall Airport Graphics HD""

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Thank you so much Sir for your very detailed and informative reply. Really appreciate that.

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Elaine,

I guess I just don't understand the file system. In frustration, I uninstalled everything with P3D on it using the Control Panel and rebooted the computer. I then double clicked on the downloaded file called Setup.exe and waited, and waited, and waited. Finally a new P3D installed. Everything works and I have installed the update from Orbz for People Flow, and the update from Active Sky Next. All my ORBX scenery seems to be here, the Active Sky wx is working, so I guess I am good to go. Thanks for your suggestions all.
Howard

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I see that uninstalling and installing scenery gives you more vegetation. I have two questions, is the increase in vegetation noticeable, and the second question is, do you have to reinstall any add on scenery you have? 

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I see that uninstalling and installing scenery gives you more vegetation. I have two questions, is the increase in vegetation noticeable, and the second question is, do you have to reinstall any add on scenery you have? 

 

Don't know about the increase in vegetation but if you install the scenery update you definitely have to reinstall FTX Global. And i think I read somewhere that you also have to reinstall the FTX Trees HD if you use those.

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After all the weekend updating to v3.2 from v3.0 the situation is not very satisfactory .....

 

First of all I have uninstalled client and content  from previous version and then installed the new .msi for that modules.

 

Of course, updated objectflow from ORBX; also Addon Manager from FSDT and all other things I have read in the Forums.

 

After that, I started the simulator and reached the Scenery Startup screen, but as soon as I push OK key the program crashed .

 

As I thought that something I were not done well, I have come back to v3.0 until it works perfectly, like before this process,  and  then I started again from the beginning taken special care of the steps.

 

Again the simulator crashed.

 

I have repeated for three or four times the process but I got nothing.

 

But among the multiple attempts I have done I found something very unexpected ..... if the aircraft I use for the default flight is included in one of the four I'll say later, the simulator works perfectly.

 

With any aircraft P3D standard/non standard and with initial airport P3D standard/non standard, as soon as I push OK key in the Scenery Startup screen the simulator crashes ... and that include F22 Raptor, Piper Cub, Maule M7, Mooney Bravo, etc etc as standard and BE58 from Carenado, A320 from Aerosoft and B739 from PMDG as non standard aircrafts.

 

However, if the aircraft I use for the default flight is one of :

 

- Real Air Duke Turbine V2

 

- Real Air Legacy V2

 

- Carenado C90_GTX

 

- Alabeo DA42

 

The simulator works perfectly and I can ... after started .... use any aircraft P3D standard/non standard and with initial airport P3D standard/non standard 

 

Since yesterday night I have flown at least six legs of IVAO Tours, three of them VFR and three IFR and with various aircrafts .......  without any problem !!!!!!

 

I have investigate which differences may be among these aircrafts and the others but for the moment I have found nothing.

 

Does anybody understand why this problem occurs ?

 

Any suggestion about it possible solution ?

 

Thanks and regards.

J J Gómez Prieto

IVAO 142928

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Señor Prieto,

 

The client updater is a stand-alone file, but the content updater has two parts.

 

When you downloaded the content installer file, there was a second file which (I believe) is called CONT1.CAB. That file needs to be downloaded also, and needs to be present in the same folder as the content installer .msi file when you run the installer. The CAB file contains the actual data that the content installer loads into the sim. If the CAB file was not present when you ran the installer, then the default P3D aircraft would be incomplete, which may be the reason why they crash the sim.

 

If that is the case, just go back to the Prepar3D web site, download the CONT.CAB file into the same folder as your content installer, and run the installer again. It should fix the problem.

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Thanks Jim for your answer ...  I downloaded v3.2 complete and unzip all files together in the same folder and, as you say, cont1.cab is included.

 

Unfortunately seems that perhaps this is not the problem ... what a pity.

 

Anyway thank you very much for your help ... if you think in another solution, please let  me know about it, please.

 

 

 

J J Gómez Prieto

 

IVAO 142928

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Like Elaine I always do a clean full install of each new version, but before that I rebuild the PC using a system image which already contains all the latest windows updates, and all custom configurations for the OS to maximise performance. Then I install P3D, ORBX packages and aircraft. Any other sceneries get installed as and when required. Using a system image and loading Orbx and aircraft and configuring devices takes me approximately three to four hours which for me is a small price to pay to have a clean install of new versions. But then I'm probably nuts!!!

 

Regards

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Like Elaine I always do a clean full install of each new version, but before that I rebuild the PC using a system image which already contains all the latest windows updates, and all custom configurations for the OS to maximise performance. Then I install P3D, ORBX packages and aircraft. Any other sceneries get installed as and when required. Using a system image and loading Orbx and aircraft and configuring devices takes me approximately three to four hours which for me is a small price to pay to have a clean install of new versions. But then I'm probably nuts!!!

 

Regards

 

So what you are saying that is if LM updates P3D every few  months, which they have been doing lately, you rebuild your entire hard drive and reinstall the entire simulator and all add ons. Wow, I think I would rather get a root canal every few months.. :wink:  

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Bob 

 

It feels like root canal the first few times but if you use system images and backup directories it's not too bad!!  :excl:  :excl:

 

Regards

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Poppet, I already updated my P3D to 3.2 (Client ONLY) everything works and I am happy with it. However I just found out over at FSDT to get GSX menu to work and show up I need to install the CONTENT as well. How can I do this since client and P3D is already at 3.2 and I do not want to do a full reinstall? 

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Hello Angelo.   Just Uninstall old Content and then Install the new Content Version 3.2.  That's it  :smile:

 

Did you Download the Complete V 3.2 Download from the Prepar3D website?  Personally i think its best to Download the Complete Download and do all your Updating from your Computer as opposed to the Website 

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No I did not download complete just the client as I didn't want to reinstall the whole thing going from 3.1 to 3.2. Can I still follow what you said above?

 

Thanks!

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