A few months ago, i saved my entire FS9 to an external drive for backup. My computer recently had a major virus problem and after getting my email, etc fixed i tried FS9. It opened correctly from the desktop shortcut, but in checking flights, i found that scenery objects that i had added at airports, etc were gone. I had helipads built on building tops, where i had hardened surfaces. The helicopters now appear at the correct elevation, but they hang in 'space' with the scenery missing.
So i decided to replace the FS9 with the one on the external drive.
Now i have no desktop icon to launch the game. The files appear intact. I have FS2004 listed simply under 'fs9' in my files to reduce the keystrokes needed to add scenery, and that has been working very well for years. Is there any way that i can fix this problem? Thanks!