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    Default Where on my computer to place downloaded MSFS and addon files

    I have finally built my new computer mainly for MSFS use. I am about ready to purchase and download the MSFS program, but am wondering which computer drive to download the files to. I understand that this will be about a 130GB download.

    I have a 1TB M.2 SSD that I am using as the Windows boot drive, with a separate partition on that SSD for downloads. I also have another M.2 SSD that I will install into the computer with the intention of installing MSFS there so as to keep its massive files segregated from the computer operating system to the extent possible.

    My question is whether installing MSFS moves any/all of the downloaded files from the download directory on my computer to a different program installation directory that I may specify during installation. Or, after MSFS installation, do the downloaded files remain exactly where they were downloaded to be accessed by MSFS from there as needed when running?

    So, to achieve maximum segregation of MSFS from Windows, should I download the program to my normal download location or directly to the 2nd SSD which will, hopefully, be used for installation of MSFS?

    And, I guess the same question applies for addons that I may download in the future.....
    Last edited by ed1; 04-07-2021 at 06:54 PM.

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    You can find a lot at flightsim.to

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    Thanks, but I'm asking about where on my own computer to place the downloaded MSFS program and addon files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed1 View Post
    Thanks, but I'm asking about where on my own computer to place the downloaded MSFS program and addon files.
    Not sure about the addon files, however, you can get the main program from the Microsoft Store.

    As someone else pointed out, flightsim.to has a LOT of addons, and there free!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed1 View Post
    My question is whether installing MSFS moves any/all of the downloaded files from the download directory on my computer to a different program installation directory that I may specify during installation. Or, after MSFS installation, do the downloaded files remain exactly where they were downloaded to be accessed by MSFS from there as needed when running?
    As far as I know when you purchase MSFS the download is placed onto the selected drive and it runs from there. It is not downloaded to say a download area which you then move or run.
    M.2 SSD drives are faster than other types of SSD drives and so IMHO you should select a partition on that drive but I would suggest not to the C: drive. You may need to create another partition on the M.s drive and if you don't want to do that then select the other SSD drive for installation.

    When you download addons they would normally be downloaded to a separate download folder on any drive and then be installed from there. It might depend on where they are downloaded from as some might actually install them direct.
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    Most payware addons (like the ones on sale in the Marketplace, within the sim) are usually installed directly into your community folder. Some maŷ need you to put them into the community folder.

    Free addons will usually need you to place them into the community folder.

    It’s all very simple though, especially if your community folder is easy to find. For example, I installed MSFS on my second M2 drive..

    D:\MSFS

    the address of my community folder is simply D:\MSFS\Community

    You simply unzip the addons and place them in the community folder (unless they install in there themselves)

    Hope this helps


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    Default Community folder

    I have a few 'external paid for' addons - Bleriot X1, Spitfire 9, and CriCri. They self-install into Community folder. But I also put a shortcut to it on my desktop. saves a lot of drilling into it when I want a peek or want to manually install stuff. freeware/donationware include Tiger Moth, Optica, P51 Mustang, Fokker D21 and the EC135 helicopter.
    I have noticed though that the current more unstable & stuttery version of the sim doesn't 'like' Community folder stuff as much as default. Varies from aircraft to aircraft but usually the frame rates and or stutters are worse.

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    OK, thanks for the replies, guys.

    I guess I will attempt to have the initial MSFS download be saved directly to the second M.2 SSD.

    This assumes that at the time of the initial download I can specify precisely which folder the download goes to. And, just in case, before the download, I will temporarily set my browser (Firefox) to save all downloads to that folder on the second M.2 SSD.

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    Hi, you don’t use Firefox to download it (or any other browser)

    You can either buy it from Steam or the Microsoft Store (which would be my preference)
    The MS Store is built in to Windows 10.

    Assuming you get it via the MS Store, you’ll download the “standard edition” & also “Digital Ownership”
    You then launch MSFS (standard) and it will ask you where you want the main part of the sim putting (so you can browse for your second M2 drive)
    I would make a folder.. something like D:\MSFS

    Depending on your internet connection, it could take an hour or two...(or 3 or 4..) to download/install.

    When it’s finally installed.. launch the sim and go to it’s content manager... from there you want to download all the additional stuff (like the deluxe or premium deluxe content, should you have bought those versions)

    Next step.. restart the sim..setup your controllers etc..


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    Thanks for all of the information everyone. Very helpful. I'm going to start the purchase/download/install process tonight or tomorrow. I'll be purchasing from the MS Store.

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