Here is dumb question #104. I had FSX Gold running on Win8 Developers Preview, upgraded to Win 8 Consumer Preview, this displaced FSX in the "Windows old" folder where the old Windows is.....whatever! I tried running the FSX.exe directly from that location and it didn't work at all, not even a glimmer of life. Of course good old faithful FS9 worked great. I moved the entire Microsoft games folder into the new Program Files (x86) and tried again right clicking FSX.exe and trying to run as administrator. Got this message, "The application failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line-sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.
I figured my FSX install was toast and that I'd have to reinstall from scratch. I have been waiting for two new hard drives to install win 7 and fsx on. But I've been delayed because the Thailand flood last Fall has caused some hdd shortages and hdd's are generally about 50% higher priced eegads! Delay in purchasing caused by the pain of departing with $$. Win 8 Consumer Preview and FSX Gold are there temporarily on a 500 gb Caviar Blue recertified hdd and when I install W7 and FSX Gold on the other new hdd's that will be erased. I was just hoping by chance there might be an easy way of getting FSX going without too much difficulty so I don't have to reinstall immediately and hopefully won't have to reactivate it? If it's too much trouble I'll run FS9 until I get the new hdd's.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions.