STLUAL747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 167 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5908 times:
I want to start of by saying please excuse my ignorance, but how do get FS add-ons? Where do you get them? Do you download them and if so are there risks with it? Does it take up a lot of memory on your hard drive? And finally is it easy? Please explain how to do it. I have never figured out how to do it. If this has been discussed before I am sorry. Any help would be great.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 31 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5903 times:
First of all, avsim.net and flightsim.com are the two best sites out there for downloading add-ons. They both require you to register, but it is completely free. The risks are minimal, and I have never had a problem in the years I have been downloading add-ons off the net.
It will take up hard drive space, but not too much. Right now, I have a good deal of add-ons, such as scenery and aircraft, and my FS9 folder is at about 5 GB. And that is after about a year and a half of downloading add-ons.
As for easiness, it is very simple, especially once you do it once or twice, since most aircraft add-ons simply require you to drop the folder in the aircraft folder, and you're set. Here two more threads on this topic that should help you, along with links to avsim and flightsim:
BTW Just another thing, if you buy any payware, make sure to get Utimate Traffic. It is amazing, and makes the simming experience that much more realistic. If you don't want to spend the money, Project AI is good, but not nearly as good as Ultimate Traffic.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 31 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 5880 times:
Quoting STLUAL747 (Reply 3): Thanks for the help. Now I have on more question, what is considered a lot of hard drive space and what is considered not a lot?
It's all relative, depending on how large your hard drive is and how much you intend to download. There are people who don't want to download a whole lot, and hardly get even a GB of add-ons, while some people buy whole new hard drives just for FS. There are so many different computers out there, it is all relative.
KALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5813 times:
You will also need to have an unzip utility, such as Winzip or Stuffit, as the download files are mostly all zipped. Very few downloads (such as Project Fokker) come with their own installation software.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 31 Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5789 times:
Quoting STLUAL747 (Reply 6): What does it mean to unzip a file and how do you do it? I read somewhere that Windows XP came with something to unzip the files built in it.
In very simple terms, it means the folder has a little zipper on it after you download it. My computer came with a decompressor installed, all I have to do is right click the folder and select "Extract All." If that doesn't appear, you can download a free application such as Stuffit.