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Re-install FS 2020 on a new computer

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I have installed the FS 2020 on a comuter that doese not run it due to not meeting the minimum requirements.

Now I want to re- install it on a new computer with the new requirements. Can I use the porduct code again for the

new installation?  Or do I have to buy simply a new simulator?

Can someone help me?

Herman Meyer

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I moved your topic out of the Virtual Reality section since your post had nothing to do with VR.


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Awaiting the new Microsoft Flight Sim and the purchase of a new system.  Running a Chromebook for now! :cool:

                                     

 

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A related question - if my dad wants to buy the game, can I copy all files in the packages directory to his computer? Obviously he'll still need to buy the game, but I'm hoping the installer would recognize that the necessary files are in place and authenticate them to his account, thus removing the need to download over 90GB of data from the internet.

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55 minutes ago, Keto Ketchup said:

A related question - if my dad wants to buy the game, can I copy all files in the packages directory to his computer? Obviously he'll still need to buy the game, but I'm hoping the installer would recognize that the necessary files are in place and authenticate them to his account, thus removing the need to download over 90GB of data from the internet.

I believe it may be possible, so long as both systems use the same distribution method (Microsoft Store or Steam). I was able to test this with the following steps which did work for me, but your mileage may vary:

  1. Uninstalled the Microsoft Flight Simulator client from Steam.
  2. Deleted all of the files and folders inside of %AppData%\Microsoft Flight Simulator except the Packages folder, and moved that folder to another location.
  3. Reinstalled MSFS from Steam and launched the client, which prompted to download the packages again.
  4. Pointed the client to the path of the Packages folder from step 2, which had it back up and running quickly.

Note: the Microsoft Store and Steam versions are slightly different in the folder layout -- inside of the Packages directory you will find a folder called OneStore or Steam depending on where it was purchased from. I don't know if simply renaming this folder to be opposite would make a backup from one platform work on the other, and surely this isn't supported by Microsoft or Asobo in either case at this point.

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