Many of us around here run multiple versions of FS9 so if hard drive space is not an issue you can go that route. For example I have one retro'ed to the 1930's and 40's using FS Golden Wings 3, another retro'ed to the 1950's and 60's using FS Silver Wings. This plus a stock FS9 that very seldom sees any use these days.
If you can go with one or more FS9 versions you can get FS Silver Wings, which removes many of the urban sprawls in stock and is compatable with CalClassic scenery, here:
You will also need a new language.dll file so that Silver Wings will have its own file folder for saves and flightplans. Get it here and drop it into your Silver Wings main folder overwriting the original in the new FSSW installation:
Now, after running off like a soup sandwich, if you do not have enough space for parallel installations I have no idea how to set up a retro version that can be reverted to stock. However, no doubt someone who knows will be by to help out.
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2010 16:57:22 GMT -5 by chris_c
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Nov 28, 2010 16:56:16 GMT -5
Sure, you can make a copy first if you like. Having two copies is no problem.
Some addons rely on the Windows registry to locate FS. If you want these addons to install into the modern version make the copy's name something like FS2004 Retro, and leave the modern copy's name alone. If you want the reverse, name the modern installation something like FS2004 Modern and leave the retro version's name alone.
You can also use the Flight1 Registry Fix program to swap between the two versions if needed.
If you want a unique identity for the Retro install, you can use Golden Wings (not for use with CalClassic airports, etc.) which creates its own identity. I don't think Silver Wings does this? Or you can use my Classic FS DLL file which does the same thing:
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Nov 30, 2010 10:19:29 GMT -5
I suggest you check out the CalClassic Screen Shot forum, which has many pictures of people's classic installations (note that many pics are propliners flying in the modern world, and those don't apply).
Post by Randy_Cain on Nov 30, 2010 17:10:47 GMT -5
I used to have some comparison pics in my old discussions on this, but they've disaapeared with my move to Oregon. I'll try to give it a verbal description.
The reason Silver Wings isn't recommended for "Heavy Iron" pilots is that the areas where "modern" autogen objects and terrain have been re-designated to farmland, older subdivisions and ranch land become a lot more obvious from say FL300, but at FL010, it looks just fine. The other point is frame rates.
When Silver Wings came out, that was 2 generations of computers ago, so the problem of the doubling the number of autogen trees that Silver Wings does isn't nearly as much the hit on frames now as it was when FS9 was released.
The airport scenery! Can't forget those! Just pic and area to start with and work from there. I try to install them a few at a time and had most of the US ones. I then started an around the world flight so I went and installed the rest of the world. I'll get back to the US ones here in a bit.
Silver Wings wasn't looking too good at altitude as it uses the Golden Wings ground textures that had been done with low and slow in mind, so I've been playing with various ground texture sets. If I was to redo my install today from scratch, I'm not sure I'd use Silver Wings.