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Hello all,

I am upgrading and building a new pc going from an 7700k, 1070, 32gbs ddr4 to a 12700k, 3080 12gbs, 32gbs ddr5. I have MSFS on its own m.2 drive (970 EVO plus) and will be installing an 980 Pro for the OS. The new board I bought is the ASUS Apex so I can install my mechanical drive, my SSD, as well as the two m.2 drives. My question is since my MSFS is the only thing on the970, do I have to do a complete reinstall or will MS just do its thing when I first start it up.

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I simply copied my whole MSFS folder over to the new drive.  I then relabelled my old m.2 drive to S: just to free up my F letter, then relabelled my new drive to F:, as this is where my MSFS was originally installed, and where it would expect to find its data files. 

Relabelling can be done through Windows Disk Management software - right click on start menu to find it, when your disk info is loaded, select the drive/partition, then right click and select change drive letter.

On first restart, MSFS asked me to confirm the installation path.  It wanted to install  the whole lot again, but when I pointed to where my installation was, it just checked for updates and was fine after that.

It did seem to recognise that the m.2 dive was physically different though, as it actually moved my WpSystem folder (important folder for MSFS) to the root of the older drive, even though I had relabelled it to S.  No problem though, as that one is staying in the board for my Steam games, thus the relabelling to S.

Just note that when it moves your WpSystem folder (if it does), then it makes a new user config file.  Take a copy of your original folder (it is fairly small), as you may need to copy across your old custom camera files for your aircraft if you have set some up.  I have custom positions for all aircraft, as I like to raise the seat a little then angle the camera down a bit.

Tip:  Don't delete your old MSFS folder until your new setup is operating correctly off the new drive!  I know it is a fair few Gigabytes, so you want the space back at some stage, but just check everything is fine first.

EDIT:  Just noticed, it seems you are keeping MSFS on the old drive.  I moved mine to the 980 as the loading is a bit quicker.
In your case, you could probably just change your install path right at the end of the user config file, and at first start-up, just ensure it is pointing to the right drive and folder in the install path box.  Note that I cloned my windows install also, so I didn't have to reinstall anything - not sure if you are doing it this way.

Edited by bobcat999

Call me Bob or Rob, I don't mind, but I prefer Rob.

I like to trick airline passengers into thinking I have my own swimming pool in my back yard by painting a large blue rectangle on my patio.

Intel 14900K in a Z790 motherboard with water cooling, RTX 4080, 32 GB 6000 CL30 DDR5 RAM, W11 and MSFS on Samsung 980 Pro NVME SSD's.  Core Isolation Off, Game Mode Off.

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I just built a similar system and got it going a few weeks ago. I did a fresh install on a dedicated SSD for flight simulator with zero issues. I could have moved the dedicated SSD from the old system but would never even try. Read several threads about this before  the new build and just about everyone says to do a fresh install. It really wasn’t a big deal and I have no worries or issues now. I can’t  tell you how thrilled I am with the new system. 12700KF/3070/32 gb3600. Good luck with whatever you choose! 

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3 hours ago, NismoRR said:

...Read several threads about this before  the new build and just about everyone says to do a fresh install. It really wasn’t a big deal and I have no worries or issues now. I can’t  tell you how thrilled I am with the new system. 12700KF/3070/32 gb3600. Good luck with whatever you choose! 

Nice! And a nice system there.  There are a few reasons not to do it that way though.  With my slow internet speed it is three days to install MSFS from scratch, probably a lot more with all the add-ons (world updates and aircraft like the Ju-52 etc.).

Also, I have so many other apps installed through Windows, a clone of my C drive was again the least  costly option in terms of time.  I have W11 and it has all been fine.  Mine boots in very few seconds, and there is no hit in terms of performance.  If you have a well kept system with no issues, there is no real need to do a fresh install, but everyone's situation is different. 

I find limiting my startup programs and always uninstalling unnecessary or trial programs helps things a lot.  Other than updating over W10 with W11, it is a five year old C installation, but still very slim and efficient.  Doing all the usual diagnostics, my CPU, GPU, and RAM speeds are no different from a new build, and SSD's don't  need defragging, as we know.  There is no right or wrong way really, just down to the individual.

Edited by bobcat999

Call me Bob or Rob, I don't mind, but I prefer Rob.

I like to trick airline passengers into thinking I have my own swimming pool in my back yard by painting a large blue rectangle on my patio.

Intel 14900K in a Z790 motherboard with water cooling, RTX 4080, 32 GB 6000 CL30 DDR5 RAM, W11 and MSFS on Samsung 980 Pro NVME SSD's.  Core Isolation Off, Game Mode Off.

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