How to Download Planes to Microsoft Flight Simulator X

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How to Download Planes to Microsoft Flight Simulator X
You must copy downloaded aeroplane information to the proper FSX folders. (Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Microsoft's Flight Simulator X is the final version in a long line of Microsoft Flight Simulator applications. Although Flight Simulator X includes dozens of aeroplanes that you can pilot, flying enthusiasts have created models for hundreds of additional aeroplanes. You can download and install these aeroplane models to the Flight Simulator X program by simply copying the downloaded aeroplane information into the proper program folder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Install Airplane

  1. 1

    Open your Web browser, and navigate to a web site that hosts aircraft models that you can download for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

  2. 2

    Download the ZIP file that contains the new aeroplane model's files to your hard drive.

  3. 3

    Open a Windows Explorer window, and navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded aeroplane model file.

  4. 4

    Double-click the ZIP file to view the archived contents. Navigate through the subfolders in the ZIP file until you locate the folder that contains model, panel, sound and texture subfolders.

  5. 5

    Highlight all files and folders in the subfolder, and then right-click the selection and choose "Copy" from the menu.

  6. 6

    Open a new Windows Explorer browser window, and navigate to the "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes" folder.

  7. 7

    Hold "CTRL" and press "V" to paste the copied files to the Airplanes folder. Your downloaded aeroplane is now available in Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

    Install Additional Features

  1. 1

    Locate the "Gauges" subdirectory in your downloaded ZIP file.

  2. 2

    Copy and paste all contents of the ZIP file's "Gauges" folder to the "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Gauges" folder.

  3. 3

    Locate the "Effects" subdirectory in your downloaded ZIP file.

  4. 4

    Copy and paste all contents of the ZIP file's "Effects" folder to the "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Effects" folder.

Tips and warnings

  • You can download free aeroplanes for Flight Simulator X from several web sites, including simviation.com, fsdownload.com, flightsim.com, flyawaysimulation.com and avsim.com.

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