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    Default Installing Mods to the Community Folder

    Installing Mods to the Community Folder is as easy as unzip the file, drag and drop the mod folder into the Community Folder and launch MSFS.
    The mod appears exactly where it should do, with no more effort than that.
    However, to avoid any CTD's or other anomalies, please be aware that once MSFS has been launched with the Mod installed, the Mod should also appear in the Content.xml list which shows up in the sim as the Content Manager list.
    The Content.xml file can be found in:
    C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache
    The Content.xml file can opened with Notepad or Notepad++ (freeware).
    I've found that certain filenames won't be recognised and added to the list, basically anything 'With Capital Letters' or 'IN ALL CAPITALS' won't appear in the list and this can cause problems.
    You need to edit any mod filename with capital letters into all lower case, and if necessary add the filename manually into the Content.xml.
    MSFS will load the mods in alphanumerical order, but it doesn't list them in the Content.xml in that order automatically.
    I've re-organised mine by filename because I'm a sad case, it's not really necessary so don't be like Tim...
    Last edited by tiger1962; 10-01-2020 at 08:39 AM.
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    By "mods" do you mean addon scenery files? If so, I am confused, because my content.xml file contains only what appear to be default MSFS airports. None of my addon scenery files in the Community folder show up in the content.xml. Please clarify.

    Thanks.

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    Yes addon scenery files, repaints, gauges and FDE's are all types of modifications or "mods".
    Below the list of Asobo entries in the Content.xml file should be all the filenames of the mods in your Community folder, such as:
    <Package name="aerosoft-paderborn" active="true"/>
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    Not that Tim needs his work checked I can verify that all my add-ons are indeed listed in the Context folder, and like he stated all entries contain NO upper case letters.

    Thrid party and solo modders must know this, because there are no caps anywhere in all their file names.
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    Looks as if we have a mystery! Here is my content.xml file. All Asobo stuff, no addons in it, yet my addon scenery shows up when I run MSFS.
    This file is unchanged by anything I do to the Community folder.

    <Content>
    <Package name="fs-base" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-kord-chicago-ohare" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-eidl-donegal" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lxgb-gibraltar" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-seqm-mariscal-sucre-quito" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-keb-nanwalek" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-kjfk-new-york-jfk" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-kase-aspen" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lemd-adolfo-suarez" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-cytz-billy-bishop" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lflj-courchevel" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-fact-cape-town" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-fxme-maketane" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-wx53-bugalaga" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-kden-denver" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-kmco-orlando" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-ksez-sedona" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-eddf-frankfurt" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lowi-innsbruck" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-vnlk-lukla" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-czst-stewart-aerodrome" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-ksea-seattle-tacoma" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-tffj-gustaf" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-mhtg-toncontin" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-omdb-dubai-intl" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-c53-lowerloon" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lpma-madeira" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-huen-entebbe" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-rjtt-tokyo-haneda" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-eham-amsterdam" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-spgl-chagual" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-ksfo-sanfrancisco" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lfpg-paris-charles-de-gaulle" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-lfcs-saucats" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-egll-heathrow" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-klax-losangeles" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-mrsn-sirena-station" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-yssy-sydney" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-heca-cairo" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-ktex-telluride" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-tncs-saba" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-vqpr-paro" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-liveevent" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-nzqn-queenstown" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-airport-sbgl-riodejaneiro" active="true"/>
    <Package name="fs-base-nav" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-modellib-props" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-modellib-airport-generic" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-modellib-buildings" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-cameras" active="true"/>
    <Package name="asobo-jetways" active="true"/>
    <Package name="fs-base-ai-traffic" active="true"/>
    </Content>

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    OK, an update. I removed the addon files from Community, removed the content.xml file, restarted MSFS, allowing it to rebuild a new content file, shut down MSFS, restored the addon files to Community, and restarted. The content.xml file now contains all the addons as it should.

    Why i was able earlier to see the addon scenery even when content.xml was not updating, I have no idea -- as I said, a mystery.

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    Tim:
    Your advice of checking capital letters is one of the best tips for the new sim. As many others, we have sometimes the idea of naming addon directories to our needs and put first letter in cap, i reckon a reason why many times mods dont work and people think its broken.

    Thanks!
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    Thank you Kapitan.
    When I first noticed the missing entries, and then the capital letters I thought of how scenery errors could cause all kinds of issues in previous sims, from stutters to CTD's.
    Keeping the Content.xml in order is just good housekeeping really, and doesn't cost a penny!

    A new observation:
    I've also noticed that when you remove an outdated mod from the Community folder, the Content.xml entry for it is sometimes still there - this can also cause the same kind of faults because the updated mod has often got a different filename.
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    i am new to this. so i downloaded the mod zip files. do i copy and paste those zip files into the community folder and than open the game(FS2020). do i have to switch developers to "on" before doing all of this. i don't want to ruin my original program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtepsr812 View Post
    i am new to this. so i downloaded the mod zip files. do i copy and paste those zip files into the community folder and than open the game(FS2020). do i have to switch developers to "on" before doing all of this. i don't want to ruin my original program.
    Unzip each file, then copy and paste each unzipped folder into your Community folder and launch the sim. There's no need to activate anything.
    Tim Wright "The older I get, the better I was..."
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