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Had first opportunity to load MSFS in a week or so and was greeted with a required update. Performed the update, but now MSFS hangs on initial startup. Tried to eliminate the Community folder by re-naming the folder, but the computer will no longer allow me to rename the Community folder. It insists that there is a  folder or file in the community folder that is in use. Even after multiple complete re-starts of the computer, it still insists that there is a file or folder in the community folder that is in use. I scanned Task Manager but I do not see any thing that is obviously associated with anything found in the community folder.

Does anyone have any suggestion on how to determine exactly what in the Community folder is preventing it from being renamed, or any other steps I should try to restore MSFS to working status?

 


Kerry W. Gipe
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Sounds like a file handle got left in the locked state. 

If you know the name of the locked file or folder, you can use either Sysinternals process explorer or IOBits file unlocker (both freeware) to force the OS to unlock a stuck file handle. 

To identify the stuck file, I think if you try to move the contents of the community folder to a backup folder, it should move everything over except the problem file.


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If there is really a open file in there, and it is still open even after a restart, than it must be something that is starting automatically with Windows, like Rex Seasons or something.

If in a hurry you could start Windows in Safe Mode which should allow you to rename the file but I recommend to follow Bob's suggestions to find out what is going on.


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I recommend that you using AddOnLinker from now on, that program has an option that check all add-ons if they are compatible with the game, I use that every time I add some new files and have never had any problems after that.


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Do you have MSFS installed on a separate drive to the OS? The reason I ask is because I have MSFS installed on the D:/ drive, and I ended up with two community folders (one on the D:/ drive, and one on the C:/ drive in the Users/(Username)/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft Flight Simulator/Packages folder). If this is the case, check to make sure that you do not have stuff installed in this folder on the C:/ drive.

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I finally had an opportunity to look into this issue again, and I have solved it. THANK YOU everyone for the suggestions. The issue ended up being the FlyByWire simbridge file that was stuck and not allowing me to rename the Community folder...

>I recommend that you using AddOnLinker from now on...

I actually do use AddOnLinker, but some file install routines will install themselves into Community, and typically when they do I have just allowed them to stay there. I had already disabled everything in the AddOnLinker folder. I probably should have mentioned that.

>To identify the stuck file, I think if you try to move the contents of the community folder to a backup folder

This is actually how I identified the stuck FlyByWire file, by moving files one at a time from Community over to the AddOnLinkers remote folder, until I found the one that would not move (Hint here for others who may face a similar issue in the future)

>If in a hurry you could start Windows in Safe Mode...

I actually tried that, but it seems that Win10 doesn't follow the old "Hold F8 on boot for Safe Mode" philosophy, it will boot normal all day long with F8 held down. I need to figure out how to enter SafeMode with Win10. Hummmmm...

Anyways everyone, than you again for your suggestions 🙂


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US FAA A&P / Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Land IFR

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