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Video Tutorial: Adding Scenery to FSX in Windows 7

This video tutorial isn’t going to set the world on fire, but a few troubled souls might find it helpful. I just got some new sound recording equipment for a project, and I thought I’d try it out by making a brief tutorial. What better topic than one of the most infamous bugs in Win7/FSX: the dialog box that won’t go away.

Anyway, enjoy.

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  • Agaguk Jarin

    July 15, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Your voice sounds AWESOME by the way lol

    • Bill Womack

      July 15, 2010, 9:27 pm

      Thanks! This is a fancy microphone, for sure.

    • ggg

      February 13, 2012, 1:00 pm

      Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Agaguk Jarin

    July 15, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Your voice sounds AWESOME by the way lol

    • Bill Womack

      July 15, 2010, 9:27 pm

      Thanks! This is a fancy microphone, for sure.

    • Charles

      May 31, 2011, 3:04 pm

      thank you for this. I was going nuts trying to find out what was wrong

    • ggg

      February 13, 2012, 1:00 pm

      Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charles Earl

    July 16, 2010, 6:49 am

    Fantastic. I am not losing my mind. I have a folder outside of my FSX folder that is “My Scenery” and it is full of airport and area folders with the scenery and texture folders within. In Windows XP, I would simply click the folder and hit ok and it worked. Last night for the first time in my Windows 7 install, I tried to add Virgin Islands and I got stuck staring at the contents of the scenery folder and could not get that window to go away! By fluke it closed as I was madly clicking everywhere. No I understand why.

    Thanks Bill!

    Charles.

  • Charles Earl

    July 16, 2010, 6:49 am

    Fantastic. I am not losing my mind. I have a folder outside of my FSX folder that is “My Scenery” and it is full of airport and area folders with the scenery and texture folders within. In Windows XP, I would simply click the folder and hit ok and it worked. Last night for the first time in my Windows 7 install, I tried to add Virgin Islands and I got stuck staring at the contents of the scenery folder and could not get that window to go away! By fluke it closed as I was madly clicking everywhere. No I understand why.

    Thanks Bill!

    Charles.

    • Jack Frisch

      January 20, 2011, 3:04 pm

      I’m new here; have a question: how does one go about setting up the “folder outside … FSX folder” for “‘My Scenery'” as you mentioned? I’m in Windows 7 with FSX.

      thanks for whatever,
      jack

  • Mike

    July 17, 2010, 12:10 pm

    That has been driving me nuts for a couple months. Bella Coolie here I come!!
    Thanks.

  • Bruce

    August 1, 2010, 12:13 pm

    So simple now you’ve shown me how?

    Many many thanks

    Bruce

  • Phil Raulston "BigDBlue"

    September 15, 2010, 9:07 pm

    Thanks Bill. Been having this problem too. Now you’ve shined some light on it.

  • lucas

    November 6, 2010, 8:30 am

    Thanks mate, was starting to eat my hat already!

  • Garret Horwitz

    December 7, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Thank you so much Bill. This has helped me take my FSX to a better level. We need more good people like you in this world. πŸ™‚ Regards.
    PS: Have a wonderful Festive season and all the best for 2011.

  • Garret Horwitz

    December 7, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Thank you so much Bill. This has helped me take my FSX to a better level. We need more good people like you in this world. πŸ™‚ Regards.
    PS: Have a wonderful Festive season and all the best for 2011.

  • DP

    December 18, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Thk God for this video! Thx.

  • Vlad Maly (aka mx5guy)

    December 21, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Hi Bill:
    Where did your GMAX tutorials go? Can’t find them anywhere, and they were magnificent…
    Best,
    Vlad

  • freddielaker2

    January 5, 2011, 8:08 am

    You are my new hero – and my hair will probably grow again now where I pulled it out! … πŸ™‚

  • Rabso

    February 9, 2011, 4:21 am

    Oh man, you helped me out from this problem, thanks a lot

  • Ron

    February 16, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Bill!!!

    man, thank u sir….i’ve been goin’ crazy tryin’ to add some great scenery, but, it’s been hit and miss. i’ve been stuck tryin’ to install OZ’s grand canyon v2. not any more, cuz of u!

    thanks again for all u do for our community Bill….

    ron…

  • Bart

    April 22, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Thank You very very much !

  • Kije

    April 25, 2011, 10:01 am

    Bill … I got turned on to your blog by Robert Ferraro as I’ve been trying to solve this problem for 2 weeks since I upgraded from XP to Windows 7 … so I ran the video and tried it. I followed the instructions in the video and it appeared to work … the scenery tile got added to the Scenery Library. Then I immediately went to Free Flight and checked for that tile in the Views–View Mode–Outside–Top Down from the cockpit and the tile wasn’t there. So I then checked the Scenery Library again and the tile was no longer there-it had disappeared and when I tried to manually edit it it wouldn’t work this time.

    I quit FSX and tried it again from scratch and the same thing happened. The scenery tile got added to the Scenery Library, but this time when I went to Free Flight I right away checked the Scenery Library and the tile had disappeared again.

    Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to add a step I might be missing? How do I keep that scenery from disappearing in the Scenery Library?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated..

    Many thanks for any help you can give me.

    Gordon (Kije)

    • Bill Womack

      April 25, 2011, 12:19 pm

      Hi Gordon,

      I have to tell you, I have no idea what’s going on in your setup. I’ve never had a scenery library entry go away after being successfully added. My hunch is that this is some sort of permissions issue – that the item is added to the scenery library temporarily, but when the sim tries to save the scenery.cfg file, it runs into some sort of problem doing so. Sorry, I don’t have any real insight for you beyond that.

      Bill

      • Gordon

        April 25, 2011, 10:33 pm

        Hi Bill,

        Thanks very much for the help … this is a problem that seems to have just about everyone stumped. I’ve tried a few other twists, even to the point of directly adding the necessary information into the scenery.cfg file … and that doesn’t work either … so I’m fresh out of ideas but I know there’s a solution out there somewhere.

        Nonetheless, I appreciate you taking the time to help me and when it finally gets figured out I’ll post the solution here.

        Thanks so much again

        Gordon

        • Archammer (AKA Shane)

          April 26, 2011, 10:21 am

          Try this.
          Remove the Scenery.cfg file and boot up FSX to let it rebuild the cfg.
          !!WARNING!!!
          [Backup any scenery.cfg files before attempting the following]
          Make absolutely sure that you delete the correct one. There are multiple Scenery.cfg’s in separate locations. The one in the MSFSX root folder is the root scenery file with the standard fsx sceneries. Do NOT remove, or add to that cfg.
          Remove the scenery.cfg in this location:
          WinVista: C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersMicrosoftFSXScenery.cfg
          Win7: C:UsersAll UsersMicrosoftFSXScenery.cfg
          Once you’ve removed that cfg, start FSX and let it rebuild. Then check your “Scenery Library” in the FSX UI for the current installed scenery. If any of the manual scenery’s are missing, then follow the video to add and check.

          I hope that helps.

          • Gordon (Kije)

            April 26, 2011, 9:44 pm

            Shane … Thanks so much for taking the time to help. I tried to do as you suggested, but the path you gave me ends with “Users” — there is no “All Users” nor anything related to FS in my Users path. So I’m kinda stuck now, not wanting to delete the main Scenery.cfg file which, by the way, contains ALL the working scenery files in the Scenery Library.. and so I’m confused at to what that means.

            I very much appreciate your help … and when I find the solution to this problem, I’ll sure be posting it here for anyone else with this problem.

            And Bill, thanks again to you for your time and help.

            Best ever,
            Gordon (Kije)

          • Archammer (AKA Shane)

            May 18, 2011, 8:44 pm

            Hmm, well make a copy of your main scenery.cfg in your FSX root folder. Then delete the scenery.cfg. Start FSX and let it rebuild the cfg. Once completed, test your results.

            Otherwise open a file browser and search your C drive for “scenery.cfg” and it should show all the locations of that file, but try and rebuild the main one first and check your results, good luck!

  • Brian U

    May 11, 2011, 11:13 am

    Thanks for the info on installing add on scenery in fsx using windows 7, great video and blog.

    Brian

  • Brian U

    May 11, 2011, 11:13 am

    Thanks for the info on installing add on scenery in fsx using windows 7, great video and blog.

    Brian

  • Archammer (AKA Shane)

    May 18, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Hmm, well make a copy of your main scenery.cfg in your FSX root folder. Then delete the scenery.cfg. Start FSX and let it rebuild the cfg. Once completed, test your results.

    Otherwise open a file browser and search your C drive for “scenery.cfg” and it should show all the locations of that file, but try and rebuild the main one first and check your results, good luck!

  • clouddancer

    July 23, 2011, 9:04 am

    It doesnt work win7 64bit any other ideas

    • Bill Womack

      July 23, 2011, 9:49 am

      The video was taken using Win7-64. If it’s not working for you, it’s not because of it being 64-bit.

  • Zimma Rolly

    July 26, 2011, 8:55 pm

    Ahh you helped me so much, this was driving me crazy, can now experience the very singapore and orbx scenery …

    here is some keywords for you page

    help install scenery fsx windows 7 how problem solved

  • Sarah

    August 1, 2011, 10:28 am

  • Zane

    August 4, 2011, 8:50 pm

    WAHOO! Thanks ! I thought I was going mad.

  • marcus coull

    August 6, 2011, 4:04 am

    A big THK YOU from Sydney,Down Under.Australia.Like everybody else,I was going crazy with not being able to add scenery..Much appreciated for your efforts…

  • Reed

    September 16, 2011, 5:29 pm

    I read about adding the scenery manually in Windows 7, that is, clicking in the file folder window. It did not work. It did not work many times! Then I decided to try clicking on the right under text, and that worked. It appears that there is not one white folder window, but there are 3 divisions of that window, and I found that I had to click in the right window. It’s the sort of thing that can make you crazy, as has been suggested by several others.

  • Vlad

    October 12, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Thanks! I wonder how could you figure that out?! πŸ™‚ It was driving me nuts, I had to pile up all files in one common scenery folder in order for FSX to see them.
    Now I can sort them by folders as they should be. Great, it works!

  • Karl

    October 16, 2011, 4:07 pm

    Thank so much!! I was getting pretty frustrated!!

  • Tony

    January 29, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Hi,
    I have been trying to get the Australian maps to work, I have even tried using your way and still wont work. What can I do to get around this?

  • Jason Boche

    April 29, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the video – it saved my life! πŸ™‚

  • Mike Harleman

    June 14, 2012, 9:12 am

    Thanks so much for explaining that. You talk about annoying. I looked around awhile before I found this tutorial. Good job!

  • manu mohan

    July 3, 2012, 10:31 am

    Thanks for your help. Really helpful.

  • carl

    July 12, 2012, 6:30 am

    clean no fuss and straight to the point..thanks

  • Jul737

    July 21, 2012, 9:46 am

    Great video, but unfrotuantley it doesnt help me when i do a left click nothing happens and when a I do a right click i get a menu with like undo: ctrl+Z and so on. Do you anything for that?

    A big thank you already

    Jul737

    • pilot2112

      February 3, 2013, 9:01 am

      same here!!! its still driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      if you have already found another method please can you help?
      thanks
      pilot2112

    • pilot2112

      February 3, 2013, 9:01 am

      same here!!! its still driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      if you have already found another method please can you help?
      thanks!

  • Brian G

    August 10, 2012, 8:57 am

    wow- thanks so much for the video. Such a simple fix but one would be very lucky to ever find it on their own. Scenery’s now install as they should.

  • Justin

    August 31, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Thank you so much! I was just struggling with this for the last 2 hours and your tutorial solved the mystery for me! Again thanks!

  • zaharie

    September 4, 2012, 4:13 am

    Great stuff. LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE.
    Cheers

  • Nazardo

    September 8, 2012, 4:23 am

    Thanks, this was precisely what I was looking for.

  • James

    September 19, 2012, 11:18 pm

    THANKS!!! This was driving me crazy. I appreciate your clear instructions to overcome this glitch in Win 7.

  • Bogdan

    October 3, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Thank you, yes its very counter intuitive

    • Juan Sotres

      October 20, 2012, 7:03 pm

      Just installed FSX after several years with FS04.

      Spent the whole efternoon tring to install meigs again. Couldn’t.

      Googled the issue and read about 20 different ways to do it.

      THE ONLY one that worked was yours.

      Very easy once you know it. THANK YOU.

  • Juan Sotres

    October 20, 2012, 7:03 pm

    Just installed FSX after several years with FS04.

    Spent the whole efternoon tring to install meigs again. Couldn’t.

    Googled the issue and read about 20 different ways to do it.

    THE ONLY one that worked was yours.

    Very easy once you know it. THANK YOU.

  • Charles Blankenship

    November 2, 2012, 10:11 am

    I wish I had read this sooner … it would have saved me a re-install of MSFX!!! Great work … thank you so much!

  • Brian

    November 25, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Thanks for tutorial wish I found your blog sooner,

  • Steve

    December 8, 2012, 5:02 am

    Massive Thank you !

  • Ken Hand

    December 15, 2012, 6:05 pm

    I am having a problem installing MegaScenery Earth Version 2.0. I have just about exhausted the support site at MegaScenery Earth, They gave me a web site to download instructions, and gave me this web site to view the video on installing megascenery. This works fine with with the earlier version of MegaScenery but for me version 2.0 will not install, I have followed these instructions to the T numerous times no dice. Everything goes fine until get to the point where you click on the blank area of the screen, nothing happens.

    Do you have any advice on what is wrnong here? I don’t seem to be able to convince anyone that this is a problem, or at least it is for me.
    Any help is appreciated

    please reply to khand20912@aol.com

    Thank you

    Ken Hand

    • Chr. Andersen

      December 17, 2012, 4:53 pm

      My problem with 2.0 when installing the “thing”, it seems to miss a folder named scenery , where to put the .blg ‘s
      Seems to work for me.

      • Chr. Andersen

        December 19, 2012, 6:57 am

        ofcourse on a seperate HD
        πŸ™‚

    • dj

      January 12, 2013, 12:52 pm

      same issue. try creating a scenery folder and placing the blg files in i – then add scenery

  • Giap

    January 1, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Thank you, I confirm that it also appens in Windows 8 64bit

  • dj

    January 12, 2013, 12:52 pm

    same issue. try creating a scenery folder and placing the blg files in i – then add scenery

  • jye

    January 19, 2013, 3:58 am

    hi i do not have fs addon where can i get it

  • Greg

    January 23, 2013, 2:51 pm

    thanks soooooo much!!!!!

  • Mikael Persson

    January 27, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Thanks, you save my day by this info. πŸ™‚

  • Styrmir

    March 2, 2013, 3:30 pm

    Thank you so much, I was having no luck adding scenery to my FSX until I found this tutorial. Such odd interface behaviour, would have probably spent a lot of time trying to figure it out by myself. πŸ™‚

  • malcolm

    April 15, 2013, 8:59 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, just bought some scenery and was tearing my hair out trying to install it. What a weird bug.

    Mlaoclm

  • Carl Archer

    July 6, 2013, 8:04 pm

    A worrying problem has now disappeared thanks to this video. I’m so glad. It is a weird bug but now at least we can get around it. Thanks.

  • dean bibby

    August 11, 2013, 3:14 pm

    I agree with Carl that is important to know.
    I have FSX and w8 and am logged in as admin as far as I know. I have copied STARWARS REBEL FLEET into the simobjects/airplanes folder and have attemped to edit the aicarriers.cfg file with an 8th formation. when I try to save the modified file widows gives an error message ACCESS DENIED and suggests I save this file to the documents folder! any thoughts would be appreciated.
    If you have time you may respond via email or on the Simviation forum.
    thanks dean.

    • Bill Womack

      August 11, 2013, 3:33 pm

      Dean, the problem you’re describing is unrelated to the content of this video. Not only that, but I don’t run Windows 8, so there’s not really anything I can add on that count.

  • Chaz

    December 16, 2013, 10:47 am

    Bill,
    As always and 3 years later, your still pullin’ thru for the Flightsim Community.
    Thanks

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  • Tom Vaillencourt

    July 2, 2015, 4:19 am

    This tutorial really helped! Thanks! BTW, is there a completed Emma Field for FSX? It was at the top of my favorite airports list in FS nine. And I had been watching the progress of an FSX version ever since FSX came out, but it seems like all attempts at making the scenery were abandoned.

    • Bill Womack

      July 2, 2015, 10:06 am

      The Emma Field for FSX that I had planned morphed into Cushman Meadows, just a couple miles away from the old Emma, and sold by Orbx.

  • Terry Garner

    April 9, 2016, 1:50 pm

    Thank you Bill! I probably could have figured this out my self but not before throwing objects at the screen. You may have also saved the monitor too!!

    Thanks,

    Terry G.

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