Missing Watched Bases

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Georgewk Trainee

Hi, the recent mandatory update left me with the option to reinstall.  Now addons in the community folder do not load in the sim.  Seems the sim is looking elsewhere for these files.  Used to use Watched Bases to find this location.  WB is gone!  I am stumped.  Please help get the addons back to work.  Thanks.  George.

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello George,

It's unfortunate that you're facing issues with your addons after the recent update. I've encountered similar situations in the past and can understand the frustration. Allow me to walk you through a few steps that might help you resolve this issue.

  1. First, ensure that the Community folder is in the correct location. The default path for Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020 release) is:
    Replace <YourUsername> and <RandomCharacters> with the respective values on your system. If you have installed the simulator on a different drive or in a custom location, adjust the path accordingly.

  2. Next, check the content.xml file located in the LocalCache folder:
    Open the file in a text editor like Notepad, and verify if the addons are listed there. If not, you might need to add the respective lines for each addon manually. For example:
    <Package name="your-addon-folder-name" active="true"/>

  3. In case you're using a third-party addon manager, make sure it is updated to the latest version and pointing to the correct Community folder.
  4. If the above steps don't work, you might have to reinstall your addons. Before doing so, remember to backup your Community folder. Uninstall each addon, then reinstall them one by one. Pay close attention to any installation instructions provided by the addon developers.
  5. Lastly, if you're still facing issues, consider reaching out to the addon developers for support. They might have specific instructions or updates to make their addons compatible with the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

I hope these steps will help you get your addons back to work. Keep us updated on your progress, and feel free to ask for more assistance if needed. Good luck, and happy flying!

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