Support Alert: Files Removed on FSX Uninstall 
 
by Shawna Williams 
         

When uninstalling Flight Simulator X, users will be asked if they would like to remove their "save game files." These files refer to the contents within \My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files and include the logbook, flight plans, saved flights, saved missions, and saved settings configurations.
 
If a user creates or adds additional files to their FSX installation directory (for example: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Addon Scenery) and they choose to keep their save game files when they uninstall FSX, the added files will remain in the same locations after Flight Simulator is uninstalled. If a user elects to remove their save game files, any files they had added to the installation folders will also be removed.
 
However, if a user adds files to their hidden Application Data directories (listed below), the FSX folders found within these locations are always completely removed upon uninstalling the program. If you have any folders or files in these hidden locations that you would like to keep after uninstalling FSX, please create a backup in a different location before uninstalling the program.
 
 
Below is list of hidden files and folders and their associated paths:

Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\FSX

Controls Folder
SimObjects Folder
Substitutions Folder
Cameras.cfg
fsx.cfg
GrantedRewards.BIN
GrantedRewardsOld.BIN
LWcfg.spb
WXstationslist.bin
dll.xml
 
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\FSX
Facilities Folder
SceneryCache Folder
SceneryIndexes Folder
Scenery.cfg
SceneryStatus.bin
 
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\FSX)
Shader Data Folder
 

Windows Vista:
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX
Controls Folder
SimObjects Folder
Substitutions Folder
Cameras.cfg
fsx.cfg
GrantedRewards.BIN
GrantedRewardsOld.BIN
LWcfg.spb
WXstationslist.bin
dll.xml
 
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX
Facilities Folder
SceneryCache Folder
SceneryIndexes Folder
Scenery.cfg
SceneryStatus.bin
 
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FSX
Shader Data Folder