I’ve got a plan for (unfashionably) reviving my FSX instal, and I’d be very grateful for your advice.
I stopped flying FSX a couple of years ago when a temporary house move meant I had to leave my cockpit behind. Last September I built a new PC in anticipation of MSFS 2020. I’ve followed its development closely on the forums, and I’m not sure it’s yet ready (stunning world-wide scenery apart) to offer me a better flight simulator than the FSX I had with A2A aircraft and add-on scenery. Maybe give it another 6 months. My aim is to re-learn VFR flying, properly, in GA aircraft, with gauges, paper maps, twiddly E6B-type ‘computer’ etc., especially as I’ve now got a Honeycomb Alpha yoke and am awaiting the Bravo throttle.
Re-installing FSX Gold to my new Win 10 Pro x64 PC is a right pain – the installer won’t run for starters. So I thought I’d invest twenty quid in the Steam version, which I understand has some software improvements over the boxed version and runs OK under Win 10. I’ll install it to the D drive (an SSD).
The thought of re-installing all of the add-on scenery from the dozens of DVDs doesn’t bear thinking about, even if I could remember how to do it! However I kept an image of my old (Win 7) drives, so I have recovered the Scenery.cfg file and all my gigabytes of VFRGenX, Treescapes and UK 2000 airports in a folder called ‘FSX Add ons’. The entries in the scenery bit of the .cfg point to D:\FSX Add ons, so I figured that if I copy FSX Addons back into my new D drive (over-writing the Steam .cfg) it won’t know the difference.
Do you think that will work?
And of course I'd really appreciate any comments on my general plan, or if you took the plunge into MSFS 2020 and haven't looked back since.
Many thanks, Alan.