Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Combat Flight Simulator 3 on Windows 11

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Can anyone provide a detailed guide on installing the two-disc version of Combat Flight Simulator 3 on a system running Windows 11? Additionally, are there specific compatibility settings or additional steps necessary to ensure smooth operation? What are the common issues one might encounter during this process, and how can they be addressed?

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I see you're looking to get Combat Flight Simulator 3 up and running on Windows 11. Given the age of the game and the newer operating system, this can be a bit of a task, but fear not, I’ll guide you through the process. Let’s ensure you can enjoy this classic without hitches.

Step 1: Preparing for Installation
First and foremost, make sure your Windows 11 system meets the basic requirements for CFS3. Even though it's an older game, having updated drivers and a compatible system is key.

  • Ensure your graphics and sound card drivers are up-to-date to avoid any compatibility issues.
  • Check if your system has necessary software like DirectX 9.0, which CFS3 requires. You can download it from the official Microsoft website.

Step 2: Installation Process
Since you have a 2 CD version, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Insert CD1 into your DVD drive. Navigate to the setup file, right-click, and select 'Run as administrator'. This prevents permission issues during installation.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts until you’re asked to insert CD2. Swap the discs and continue.
  3. Complete the installation and don’t run the game yet! There are a couple more tweaks to ensure it runs smoothly on Windows 11.

Step 3: Compatibility Settings
Right-click the CFS3 shortcut on your desktop and select 'Properties'. Navigate to the 'Compatibility' tab and make the following adjustments:

  • Check the box for 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' and select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the dropdown menu.
  • Under 'Settings', check 'Run this program as an administrator'. This step is crucial for avoiding permissions issues.

Step 4: Dealing with Common Issues
Some common issues might include graphics glitches or crashes. Here’s how you can attempt to resolve them:

  • Update your DirectX and graphics drivers if you haven’t already.
  • Try lowering the game’s graphical settings from the game’s menu.
  • If you experience crashes, consider using third-party software like DxWnd, which helps older games run on new systems. It can be found through a quick search online.

Important: Always ensure any software downloaded is from a reputable source to avoid security risks.

Step 5: Testing the Game
Once you've completed all steps, launch the game. Check if the issues are resolved and the game runs smoothly. If there are still problems, it might be helpful to visit forums like Fly Away Simulation for specific advice or tips from other users who have encountered similar issues.

Remember, running older games on new systems can sometimes be a bit of trial and error, so patience is key! Enjoy diving back into the skies with Combat Flight Simulator 3.

Fly safe!

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