• How to Create Multiple Installs of FS2004

    How to Create Multiple Installs of FS2004

    By Robin Meyerowitz

    Can I have more than a single FS2004 install?

    Of course you can; as many as you like. In fact, I have a few FS2004 separate installs myself. I have 'Golden Wings', FS Alaska, FS Vintage (pre WWI), FS History (WWII & misc), and of course, my Ford Tri-Motor install.

    Note that this is for Windows 10 and is very easy and simple to do:


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    A fully working version of FS2004, installed in C:\

    For FS2004 to work in Windows 10, it MUST be installed in C:\ and NOT in C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Games

    If your FS2004 is still installed in in C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Games, copy the whole FS2004 folder from Microsoft Games & paste the folder directly into C:\, and run it from there. Don’t forget to send a shortcut of the FS9.exe shortcut to the desktop and to delete the old shortcut.

    The Easy & Simple Way

    1. Copy & Paste your complete Flight Sim folder onto a portable hard drive. You can also just Copy & Paste the folder into C:\
    2. Rename the newly copied folder to Flight Simulator SE (for example)
    3. Rename the fs9.exe to fs9se.exe (for example)
    4. You now have a backup of your original sim
    5. Copy & paste your newly renamed Flight Simulator SE folder into C:\
    6. Open the Folder & right-click the fs9se.exe & 'send to desktop -create shortcut)'
    7. If things don't work as expected:

      Right-click the desktop icon & select 'Properties'

      1. Select the 'Compatibility' tab, tick 'Compatibility mode,
      2. Pull down the menu & select 'Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
      3. Tick 'Run this program as an administrator'
      4. Click 'Apply' then 'OK'
      5. Double-click (Run)
    8. Double-click (Run) that new shortcut

      It should work!

      You can then delete whatever scenery & aircraft that is not required in your new sim.


    9. I you want to do a 'Ford Tri-Motor' install (for example), as I have, just rename the Flight Simulator SE main folder to Ford Tr-Motor Project and the fs9se.exe to fs9ford.exe.

    Right-click and send that to the desktop. You can then delete the fs9se desktop icon & rename the fs9ford icon to 'Ford Trimotor Project'.

    So, if you have a second or third FS2004 install, you just follow steps from 5-8.

    Each install must have its own folder, so you will have FS2004SE, Golden Wings & Silver Wings, as examples. The FS9.exe MUST be uniquely named for each install as well, so, in each additional sim folder you must rename the fs9.exe. The result being; you will end up with an FS9se.exe, a GW.exe and a SW.exe.

    You will therefore have separate cfg's, such as fs9se.cfg, gw.cfg & sw.cgf once the separate sims are run.

    So as to make your new FS2004 installations look unique, you can use your own splash screen, as I have done:

    You can also change the whole look of your sim by giving it a new interface such as these shown below:

    FS2004 Custom Interface Pack

    Download fs2004interface.zip

    FS2004 Custom Interface Pack 2

    Download fs2004interface-pack2.zip

    As well as the two above, there are others that you can find. Simply search for 'interface' in our library.

    I hope this short article helps show users of FS2004 how easy it is to have multiple installations of the sim installed on their computers. The benefits, as you can see from above, are numerous, and really allow you to enjoy the sim to the fullest.

    So, with that said...

    Blue skies and happy flying!

    Robin Meyerowitz

    1. SSI01's Avatar
      SSI01 -
      Many thanks for this. The procedure works for FSX as well. You have put into print what I had to learn the hard way, but it works - I have 17 total installs of FSX and 10 of FS9. If you have a lot - a LOT - of aircraft in your sim this is the way to go, it beats having to haul an aircraft out of a hangar folder, and then install it into FSX or FS9 every time you want to fly - then pull it out of the sim and put it back in the hangar when you're done. In the old days I had a 45-48 minute wait from pressing the "fly" button to the aircraft appearing on the sim screen, ready to go - the longest wait I've got now is about 4 minutes.
    1. anaismith's Avatar
      anaismith -
      I did not think FSX could be done like this due to the settings in the AppData folder. What about FSX running under the Steam banner?
    1. leuen's Avatar
      leuen -
      I run retro classic and GW3 style FS9 in one and same install. To switch from one era to the other I just rename aircraft folder folder and scenery.cfg file. That's all. This way I 'am able to use the same tools like IS or AFX. Each era uses its own Addon and Scenery folders.

    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      You can, of course, put everything into a single install.
      However, for the sake of speed, convenience, different sceneries, & the lack of need to change cfg files, for me, I prefer different themed installs.
      My unique installs are: Ford Tri-Motor Project (all the sceneries , planes & textures from the site), Golden Wings (obviously GW scenery & appropriate planes, Vintage (GW scenery & planes pre WWI), Alaska (Misty Fjords, Tongass, UT , etc) Space (Pendergast Deep Space scenery & Fifth Dimension scenery & space craft) Then I have FS History (Historical & WWII stuff). Not forgetting a FS:SE install, with planes & scenery for my VA club, so we are all on the same page. Lastly, a cut down basic install, with local scenery & a few local planes, for our 'Young Falcons' .

      So, I don't have any scenery or mesh conflicts that I would have if I dumped all into a single install.
      And to make things unique, I have different splash screens & interfaces as well for each install.
    1. kenp51's Avatar
      kenp51 -
      I have the same question about Steam and the AppData folder...

    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      Sorry I cannot help you there with FSX:SE
      I have no idea regarding other multiple FSX:SE installs. Maybe ask on the FSX forum?
    1. CRJ_simpilot's Avatar
      CRJ_simpilot -
      Looking at that Niel Armstrong screenshot. It will be 50 years this July 20th we went to the moon. Wow! 50 years ago when man touched the face of that thing we see in the night sky. Amazing to think we set foot there.
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      Here's the missing link on how to further customise your install, by renaming the FS2004 title in the top left hand corner of the sim, when in Windows mode:
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