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Thread: Opening FS2020 from a removable SSD

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    Default Opening FS2020 from a removable SSD

    My C drive got full, so I moved FS to a new SSD. Disconnected it and used Add/Remove Programs to uninstall FS from the C Drive.
    That took out my system tray icon. How do I open FS from the SSD? (Yes, the SSD is reconnected.)

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    If you ever find a way to open your FS again, I'll be surprised.

    FS has every form of security protection to prevent people from pirating it that MS could dream up.
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    May 2001
    California, USA

    Default Registry?

    You can't just 'copy' MSFS. You must 'install' it so FS and Windows can 'record' links to files, and make the registry entries that are required. A mere copy does not do that so it won't work. There COULD be a way to link things to where it might work but I don't know how to do that.
    Chuck B
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    Nov 2006
    East Texas, USA.


    No, there isn't a way to make that work. The program has to retain a small file structure on your C: drive (assuming Windows 10 is still on C: ). Your best option is to clean your copy off the SSD and reinstall the program. Unlike FSX, MSFS can be installed on multiple drives or computers, so if you don't have anything else on the SSD, installation should give you the option to install the program to your new drive, but I suspect it won't work correctly if the copy is present. Because of the required internet connection, only one of your installed versions will work at a time, but you will end up with just one install.
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