Windows 7 version?
Pricing out parts etc. for a computer build and the computer store suggested that I get Windows 7 64 bit Professional as opposed to 64 bit Home. Now his reason is that IL2 is an older game and it would be better to have the Professional version. It is $30.00 more and I am wondering if it is actually necessary.
He's probably looking at it from the point of view of available compatibility modes, Pro has XP compatibility and I don't think home premium does. For some games this makes a difference, but IL2 runs equally well on either version apart from having to use some or all of the tips listed at http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php...-with-win7-FIX to get it installed. You don't need compatibility mode, I'm running mine without it.
The Securom fix only applies if you have a non-US disk. Installing outside of the C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files x86\ folders applies always. Navigating the disk and running a.exe to install may or may not be required, depending on how your account permissions and system defaults are set up.
Additional to what Tully_ said, make sure you have at least 8 GB RAM if you buy a 64 bit version of the OS.
Also inquire about upgrade options to Windows 8 (coming soon) at reduced cost.
Make sure you get the actual OS DVD (not a restore DVD).
Last edited by MAXMHZ1959; 08-10-2012 at 07:19 AM.
Not sure what I think of Win 8, will have to wait to see how many issues arise after people have run it a while. But you are right, best to have the disk, just in case.
I understand that I should be able to copy my installs to a memory stick and save it to the root of C: (outside of the directories you mentioned) create a desktop shortcut to il2fb.exe and I should be good to go, is this correct?
My IL2 is from a disk, am pretty sure it is a USA disk with no security concerns so I think I should be good there. Would rather not have to go thru all the patching again. (for all the versions, UP3, HSFX etc.)
Yes, you can backup the installation folder on your old computer and just copy it on to your new one. You should run setup.exe / il2setup.exe (apparently the name of the setup file changes depending on US / rest of the world version) in the game folder and select the appropriate video and sound settings for your new machine before first running, other than that it should just work. If you're currently running a widescreen resolution (anything other than 4:3 aspect ratio) you'll need to go in to conf.ini after running the setup program to reset your resolution settings - you'll probably want to do that anyway if you've got a new monitor and/or vid card in your new build. There's a discussion on conf.ini settings for widescreen at http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php...-in-widescreen
I just did all this from old XP machine to my new i7 rig with Win 7 64bit Home . I ended up copying the entire disc on to my HD and ran it from there because the a.exe would not launch from the disc. I installed the stock game and patched up to 4.11. I did this so the game would be in the registry. But then I just copied my mod folders complete and all works fine. I don't know if installing from the disc is absolutely necessary. If you just copied all your IL-2 folders complete to C:\Games or wherever and launced the game I guess it will end up in the registry the first time it starts up. I'll admit I don't know squat about the registry. I then ran setup as Tully suggested and it's all good.
Hey Max and Goth, any chance you guys could comment on my FoV post? I would really appreciate it. Later. F.
Not necessary to install, the only registry entry is for language and the game is happy with the conf.ini language info. It doesn't need the registry entry at all.