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PSS products reinstallation ?

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When a designers' site gets out of business, how can a user reinstall a product in his system without validation by their server ? Or should I say : simply, he can't at all and loses his money together with the product ?Sotiris.

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Unless PSS makes arrangements for reinstalls, the only way is to install your products in dummy directories while the PSS website is up and running. Then burn everything to a CDDVD. That will give you all the files for a reinstall.Jim Harnes

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The problem with the above is that the PSS installer will only install into FS2004, how can you make it install the files into a dummy directories?Joe

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I've just done a complete dummy install onto a 1TB NAS data store with no FS2004 loaded and had no issues at all. I just created a completely new folder called "PSS_Backup" with separate sub-folders for each PSS aircraft so it generates a complete copy of the PSS files for each one, even if there are files common to all, and then told the installer which drive and folder to install it into and off it goes and does it.And it even validated my details correctly so that bit still works too.Will all of my files re-downloaded, and all the manuals too it came to 3.71GB - glad it comes down compressed!! That is now backed up to a separate DVD just in case.Rick

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As Rick says, just point the installer to whatever folder you've created. Works like a charm.Jim Harnes

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I have to ask - has anone tried uninstalling their PSS products and copying the installation folders over? Does it all work correctly? Are there not XP/Vista registry entries that need to be created for this?

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>I have to ask - has anone tried uninstalling their PSS>products and copying the installation folders over? Does it>all work correctly? Are there not XP/Vista registry entries>that need to be created for this?>Yes, I think there are. I tried to do this, and it seems all was not quite right. Would get some errors trying to use the 757 after a registry reimport. Welcome to the reality of Digital Restrictions Management - I fully support a company's right to protect their IP, but not if it means I lose out as a consequence, which is what it looks like may have happened here.Leo Godalming UKhttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/supporter.jpg

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I really enjoy the T7 from PSS, so would i benefit from purchasing a CD version from just flight, or are the downloaded versions better?Josh

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Leo,Could you tell us how you attemped the reinstall? Did you restore the system from a know good point?Jim Harnes

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Hi Jim,I tend to ignore System Restore (imo, waste of resources..)What I did was install to FS as normal, but use a bit of kit, installwatch that takes a snapshot; here though is where it may have gone wrong; I have two installs of XP, one for everyday, where installwatch is located, and another specifically for FS - just about everything unneeded in XP stripped out from the outset, minimal AV etc. Both look at the same partition for Flight Sim, so I can install on the everyday, take the snapshot, export out the registry, check for OS localised files etc and it *should* import back into the XP-FS, with all the requisite files etc in the correct referenced location. But it didnt really work for me this way, I'd get CTD's, hangs or general "weirdness". I found the only way to reliably have it work was to reinstall via the PSS server download method. Maybe it was just me, and perhaps it was a convoluted way of doing it that caused it to go wrong, I don't know. Notwithstanding, I think we need to have an official method rather than these hacks and workarounds that we're seeing at the moment.Leo Godalming UKhttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/supporter.jpg

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I guess at least with the CD you've got a version that has an offline installer. Hindsight being what it is (see my other post here), I would probably have plumped for a CD version of both T7 and '57.You're still no better off in terms of paying for an incomplete product, though.Leo Godalming UK

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The only registry entries made are, by the 757,HKCUSoftwarePhoenix Simulation SoftwarePss 757 2006Index: 0Name: GUIDType: REG_SZLength: 66Data: -and for the 777, with the exception of querying a few files, the installer didn't write anything.

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Leo,Thanks for the detail. I agree system restore is more than a bit of a bother. Perhaps Ben's post opens the door.Jim Harnes

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I have been having problems with a reinstall of the PSS family after an unistall/reinstall of FS9. I just tried the new folder technique as described above and still get a corrupted file error and the install stops. This is after several downloads of the setup file from PSS website. Can't figure out what's going on. Unfortunately this all happened at the same time PSS decided to take a walk.JohnEdit: Actually the error states "Zip file read error". But still no installation.

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John,Your error message is somewhat different to ones I have seen but I suggest that you try the following:Have a look in your C:Documents and settingsUser NameLocal SettingTemp folder. If a previous install did not finalise, it can leave files in this folder which will inhibit the next re-install. Delete anything you can find to do with PSS and, if in doubt, you can delete everything in the folder. {Just to be safe, you can cut and paste into a storage folder}. Then try a re-install.Note it doesn't really matter where you direct the installer - I have been using a separate folder as a store for a couple of years.If this doesn't work, post back and we can try something else.John Rooum

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Just to add to what has been said above. I installed a clean FS9 into an old system, copied across FSUIPC and then pasted the 757 files across from a DVD {including all the liveries}. I made no registry changes. Evertything worked fine and I completed a two hour flight in LNAV/VNAV without incident.John R

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I have done similarly - PSS birds work fine as long as folder/file structures are correct. Cannot recommend the 'dummy install' backup procedure strongly enough. Do it asap everybody - either that or just backup your existing installations if you know all the bits required.regards,Mark

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