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Doing a "repair" after SP1 has been installed....

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This is a question that hopefully Phil Taylor or someone elsefrom ACES will answer:How does one do a repair to an FSX install that includes SP1?Obviously the "repair" function that is included in theoriginal DVD version knows nothing of the new SP1 files.I'm assuming that after doing a repair, one would then need to also re-install SP1. This seems like it could be problematic,with all the pre/post SP1 recommendations of only applyingSP1 to a "clean" install ( no addons, mods, etc ) of FSX.What does this imply in the case of a repair?I, for one, have lots of addons, both aircraft, scenery,effects, gauges in addition to many modified "default"aircraft ahd gauges. It was a MAJOR effort attempting toinstall SP1 initially as my first attempts were applied"on top" of the original install of FSX and resulted inless than optimal performance. It was only after uninstallingbot SP1 and FSX and re-installing FSX to a new partitionand then installing FSX did I get marginally acceptable performance.Then followed hours upon hours of addon installation followedby even MORE hours of tweaking, test hops, tweaking, test hops, etcbefore I finally arrived at a point where I could achieve frame rates that were improved over RTM and minimization ofthe "SP1 blurries".Subsequently, one day I suffered a BSOD in FSX duing the initial loading and "activation authentication process" which PORKED some file related to the incessant "CryptoRSA" accesses andvalidation. As a result, I am greated with the message that some fileis missing or corrupt and FSX needs to be re-installed.I can, of course fly, but only for the 30 minutes allowed withwhat is now an "unregisted" installtion. I'm NOT a happy camper!After all this I am VERY reluctant to redo the entire processI have just discribed. Pre-SP1 I could simply do a "repair"to my installation as it existed. Post=SP1, logic tells methis is no longer possible. Paul

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I'm sure no one wants to touch this in the event that it all goes horribly wrong for you but i'll tell you my experience.Conducting a repair will effectively return your FSX installation to the pre-SP1, RTM version. Config files etc remain unchanged and all my addons like FS Commander, ASX, XGraphics, Radar Contact and about 5 or 6 payware planes have all been unaffected as a consequence of running a repair. You will need to install SP1 after the repair.I have run plenty of repairs without any problems, mainly to corect SimConnect problems that have arisen over time and have affected my TrackIR or ASX.Nonetheless, I would advise backing up any .cfg files etc that have been heavily modified just in case.Remember, this is *my* experience and may be atypical.G'luck.Andrew

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Make sure you defrag after making a repair or reinstall of FSX/SP1. It's absolutely amazing how fragmented your hard drive will get after installing this program and you will see much better performance after doing so too. You should also defrag anytime you add new aircraft and especially scenery. Good luck with your repair.Best regards,Jim

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Any chance you could tell us exactly what your error messages were?I went through a similar problem, solved by the steps I took here - http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...id=402746&page=I wish, before I went through the rigamarole of reinstalling that I had first tried to reset the license files by running the fix described here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928080. I believe I may have been able to skip running repair and reinstalling SP1.Everything's been running fine, since.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Yes, a repair is essentially a reinstall of RTM.And the advice to back up any config files, rewards, or logbooks is also good.

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>Any chance you could tell us exactly what your error messages>were?>>I went through a similar problem, solved by the steps I took>here ->http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...id=402746&page=>>I wish, before I went through the rigamarole of reinstalling>that I had first tried to reset the license files by running>the fix described here ->http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928080. I believe I may have>been able to skip running repair and reinstalling SP1.>>Everything's been running fine, since.>>Thomas>>[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com]>http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]>>I like using VC's :-)>N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180I thought of doing the license reset procedure first and will trythat when I return from my travels in the fall. I did have to go through that procedure some time agao with RTMand still have the file available.I currently have a "work-around" and in any case, will not beusing FSX again until the end of August.I'm attaching a JPG of the error message I received prior totaking other action. Paul174392.jpg

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>Yes, a repair is essentially a reinstall of RTM.>>And the advice to back up any config files, rewards, or>logbooks is also good.(...groan...) I was afraid of that! Thanks for the feedback in any case, Phil.I do periodically backup my cfg files, etc.Additionally I NEVER use the FSX "Delete" button when looking at the logbook. After experiencing several logbookcorruptions due to FSX not being able to handle recorddeletions that are not the LAST record, and those that contain comments, I have gone to using the excellent logbookeditor produced by lc0277.In any case, come September, I will attempt to first resetthe registration. That failing, I will then do a "repair"and re-install SP1. I'm not going to go through the whole"remove everything and start from scratch" procedure as itjust takes too much time and effort to restore my versionof FSX and my modifications that make those non-workinggauges ( starters, etc ) work. If this results in a degradationof operation from my current install than I'll jsut wait for thenext iteration of the product....right now I have to get readyto jump on a plane IRL and spend a few weks in Europe.... Paul

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