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    I own the very basic version of FSX which is running beautifully using Windows 7. I am considering upgrading ( ? ), to the Steam edition. Will I be able to down load the same ad-on's that I am currently enjoying on FSX Basic, and can I expect to see an increase in performance ?

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    Hi GBJim,
    It's likely that you'll see some decrease in performance due to the improvements added by the Acceleration features which are included with the Steam version. But the improvements are well worth it. I can't think of any addons which will not be compatible; many newer addons require Acceleration features which you will be able to take advantage of.
    Jim F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GBJim View Post
    I own the very basic version of FSX which is running beautifully using Windows 7. I am considering upgrading ( ? ), to the Steam edition. Will I be able to down load the same ad-on's that I am currently enjoying on FSX Basic, and can I expect to see an increase in performance?
    Assuming you already have FSX with SP1 and SP2, going to FSX:SE shouldn't reduce performance and is likely to give you a small performance increase. However, don't expect the massive increases quoted in some of the early reviews and publicity. To see the improvements made in FSX:SE, take a look here: https://fsxinsider.com/fsx-steam-edi...he-difference/. I would certainly consider FSX:SE as an upgrade to FSX boxed.

    As for add-ons, it's unlikely you'll need to download anything new as almost all existing FSX add-ons work perfectly with FSX:SE. However, although not essential (you can have FSX boxed and FSX:SE on the same system), if you want to prevent potential problems, particularly with file locations, it's important that you fully uninstall the boxed version of FSX first otherwise some add-ons in FSX:SE may not install where you want them to. See: https://support.precisionmanuals.com...stall-fsx.aspx for more details - it's not enough to just uninstall it from "Programs and Features".
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    Let me describe exactly what I have here, so that I don't make any mistakes. I have an old Basic or Standard edition of FSX, copyright on the box is 2006. No SP-1, SP-2, or Acceleration has been added. I am using it on Windows 7, it seems to running very well, and I would not like to screw up what I have. I like playing with downloads, and have added about 12 Military and Vintage aircraft which I really enjoy.

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    1) Will the Steam edition be compatible with my Windows 7 ?

    2) Is it Discs in a box to be loaded into my Disc drive ?

    3) How and where is the best place to purchase Steam edition ?

    4) Can I expect to be happier with going to Steam over FSX ? ? ?


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    1) Will the Steam edition be compatible with my Windows 7 ?
    Yes

    2) Is it Discs in a box to be loaded into my Disc drive ?
    No, it is downloaded over the Internet.

    3) How and where is the best place to purchase Steam edition ?
    Steam- http://store.steampowered.com/app/31...Steam_Edition/

    You will need to install the Steam client first- https://store.steampowered.com/join/

    4) Can I expect to be happier with going to Steam over FSX ?
    Sorry, cannot read your mind, nor predict the future ;-)

    FSX -SE (Steam Edition) is FSX Deluxe w/Acceleration that has had a few tweaks added to it so it does perform a bit better than the boxed edition.

    So you will get the benefits provided by Acceleration (more aircraft, missions, etc.) plus the changes that were made in the service pacs.

    Without knowing your computer specs there is no way to predict what these changes will do to your performance.

    You will gain the ability to try the DX10 preview (assuming you have compatible hardware) which can improve both visuals and performance.

    Right now FSX-SE is on sale for US $7.49, so not a lot to lose if you want to try it.

    Installing FSX-SE will have no affect to what you currently have installed, you can leave your current installation as is, if you have the disc space.

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    " Right now FSX-SE is on sale for US $7.49, so not a lot to lose if you want to try it. "

    I went to the link that you provided above, provided them with the information to join Steam and buy the download, verified my email address with them as required, and nothing happened ? I'll continue to be patient and will see what happens. If I don't hear from them soon .... Then screw them !

    Jim
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    I personally won't use anything "steam" related. I prefer my pristine FSX to stay the way it is and that is it works, well most of the time. I get a crash every now and then but that's what FSXSave is for. Thank God for that.

    I imagine if Steam is anything like Punkbuster, they can look inside your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GBJim View Post
    " Right now FSX-SE is on sale for US $7.49, so not a lot to lose if you want to try it. "

    I went to the link that you provided above, provided them with the information to join Steam and buy the download, verified my email address with them as required, and nothing happened ? I'll continue to be patient and will see what happens. If I don't hear from them soon .... Then screw them !

    Jim
    Did you download and install the Steam client? After installing the client you can download and install the sim.

    And contrary to some beliefs, Steam itself is rather benign when it comes to DRM. It doesn't need to be connected to the Internet after the initial install of a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRJ_simpilot View Post
    I personally won't use anything "steam" related. I prefer my pristine FSX to stay the way it is and that is it works, well most of the time. I get a crash every now and then but that's what FSXSave is for. Thank God for that.

    I imagine if Steam is anything like Punkbuster, they can look inside your computer.

    Long live optical media!
    Yer Know, that's interesting. My old FSX never crashes or misbehaves in any way, it's super reliable, and I'm just delighted with the performance that it gives me. Maybe it's just hard to improve on perfection, or I just don't know what perfection is ? The only reason that I was considering Steam, was because of the very attractive sale price, and it would be a new toy to play with. And I certainly don't need any new ad-on planes, my hanger is already loaded with the very best. I'm gonna have to give this some additional thought before I take the plunge.

    Thanks for your input simpilot. - Jim
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    My crashes may be do to my weather engine Active Sky Evolution 2010. I may try FSrealWX for a while and see what happens. It doesn't crash all that often, but when it does it's a real downer. But since I have FSXSave I can go right back to where I was withen 5 minutes of the last save. The thing I learned about FSXSave is that you need at least 2 saves otherwise you may not have a save to load. I found that out the hard way. So now I have it generate two saves every 5 minutes.
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