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Problems installing FSGenesis Andes Bundle into FS9

Wrongway Feldman

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Hello and happy new year all.


I have quite a few FSG products already installed on my windows 7 computer. All of my installed (Unzipped) files are not in the FS2004 root folder, but in a separate folder under: FS2004/ Addon Scenery/ FSGenesis/ Destination Folder. (Canada, USA, etc.).


My last purchase/ installation and my first NEXTMap product was NEXTMap Central America, which unzipped and installed to the destination folder no problem.


When I go to my downloaded zipped Andes bundle(5+ GB) and try and "extract all files" to my destination folder, windows just "copies" the zipped files to that folder.


I've tried unzipping the sub files separately, but I can't get them to unzip to the destination folder correctly. (They end up in an AppData Temp file somewhere in my computer).


Any advise or added instruction would be greatly appreciated.


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The AppData folder is located at C:\Users\\AppData.

The Appdata folder has a number of sub-folders and the most likely location for the files is within the Roaming\Microsoft\ folder.


As Martin has suggested, it may be possible to copy the files to the required destination and once satisfied that they are working delete the AppData copies.


WRT to the extraction problem........


1. Where is the zip file located. Is it also located in the AppData folder? Is this the default location were all download files are initially placed?


2. What compression utility tool are you using to extract the files - WinZip, RAR, 7-Zip, another 3rd party tool or the inbuilt Windows tool. Note - the Windows tool is a basic tool primarily provided to compress/decompress files when you tick the Compress box on a drive or file properties page and can be considered not to be a 'true' compression tool. It is, however, normally set as the default tool unless you configure your chosen tool to become the default - this is normally done as part of the installation process when you are usually offered the choice of making it the default tool for various file types. So make sure that if you are using anything other than the Windows utility, have you taken the necessary steps to ensure that all .zip files are associated to the chosen utility. A General Note: Although the OP is using W7 anyone reading this using W10 should be aware that any MAJOR updates, such as the recently released anniversary update can reset file associations to the Windows defaults.


3. How are you trying to extract the files. Are you:

A. Simply double clicking on it or

B. Are you single right clicking on it and selecting the 'Extract Here' or '

C. Are you single right clicking on it and selecting the Extract Files' option.


If A. If you are using the Windows tool the files will normally automatically be extracted to the same location in which the .zip file resides - hence my Q1. However, if you have a WinZip/7-zip/3rd party tool the action take will depend on how you have it configured.

If B. The same results as for A.

If C. You should get an option to extract them where you want to but note that the initial default location specified will be the current folder in which the .zip is residing in. Are you sure that when you select the required location that it is being referenced correctly in the path window.


It is also worth noting that if you have WinZip or 7-Zip installed, right clicking on the .zip file will normally also have a 'dedicated' product entry in the menu list and that will offer more 'Extract' type options


My preferred option WRT download locations and practices are as follows:


1. Save downloads to a folder outside of any OS related locations. For example I have a dedicated folder on my d:\ drive called FSX Downloads (I now only use FSX but the procedures I use today I formulated when I was using FS2004) and inside this folder I have a sub-folder structure for the various types of downloads (Aircraft, Scenery, Utilities etc)


2. Use either WinZip or 7-Zip (I prefer 7-Zip) for .zip files. Both can also extract .rar files.


3. Whilst you can extract files directly to their final destination I rarely do. I prefer to extract them to a temp location and then move them to the final location. Again, I have a dedicated folder structure for this, mainly to have a record of what files were included in a package. I find this invaluable when it comes to deleting anything that I don't like or that is causing a problem after install. It also allows me to check the actual contents of the package to see if there is any unnecessary files that are not needed (such as readme files) or if there are any other documents that are better placed somewhere else (such as PDF panel guides etc)




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Thank you both for your help.

I am in fact using the windows decompression utility.

To answer your questions Brian: 1) The zipped folder is in my download folder after downloading from FSG. I then try to extract that file to my above mentioned destination folder. 2) I'm using the windows decompression utility. (Probably no good with larger files, or no good period). 3) I'm right clicking and using the extract files option, and all previous extractions have been fine.

I'm pretty convinced that it's the windows utility. I 'll try your methods and let you know how it works out.


Thanks again guys.

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