SDK Installation (FSX)

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How to install the SDK for FSX/FSXA.

The Software Development Kit (SDK) is a set of development tools which allow you to develop, create or modify content for the simulation.
The majority of the tools are command-line based, but some are accessible via the in-game Tools menu, (not the GUI).

Availability

  • The SDK is available in FSX Deluxe only, (not FSX Standard).
  • FSX Standard users can obtain the SDK, by purchasing and installing FSX Acceleration, (or FSX Gold - Contains both Deluxe & Acceleration).


Prerequisites

Essential Components

Before installing the SDK, certain essential components need to be present on your PC.


If you have correctly installed FSX on your PC, (i.e. using the Administrator account),
the FSX installer mechanism checked for their presence,
and if nescessary, installed them prior to performing the FSX install.
You should still run Windows Update before installing the SDK.


If you are installing the SDK on a PC without FSX installed,
there are 4 non-optional tasks you must perform first -

.NET 2.0

Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 must be installed first, (an FSX prerequisite).
Download the redistributable appropriate to your operating system :

Please note:
All .NET versions are supplemental
they are not replacement versions !

VC2005 Redist

The Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package must be installed first, (an FSX prerequisite).
Download from: Microsoft Downloads - VC++ 2005 Redistributable

XML4

XML4 must be installed first, (an FSX prerequisite).
Download from: Microsoft Downloads - MS XML4 (includes SPs)

Please note:
MSXML versions are supplemental
they are not replacement versions !

Windows Update

Windows Update must then run to obtain any subsequent patches,
before attempting to install/reinstall/repair the SDK or apply any Service Packs.


Installation

  • Users must have Administrator privileges to install the SDK, (particularly important on Vista or later).
  • FSX Deluxe users must as a minimum have installed the FSX RTM SDK, before attempting to upgrade to the SDK Service Packs.
  • FSX must not be running whilst installing the SDK, or any Service Packs.
  • FSX must be restarted after editing either fsx.CFG or dll.xml, (as they're only read on FSX launch).
  • Do not copy SDK-DLLs into your FSX modules folder, (it's totally unnecessary).
  • When installing/upgrading/repairing the SDK, there is no need whatsoever to uninstall/reinstall the FSX game.


Versions

Service Packs are available for both the FSX game and FSX SDK.


You must install the appropriate SDK SP version,
which corresponds to your FSX game SP version.


Find your installed FSX version in the FSX column,
read the matching SDK version column/row details.

FSX version Version ID# SDK version Availability Installer Location
RTM (Deluxe) 10.0.60905 RTM Retail only sdk.msi FSX RTM disk 1, SDK sub-folder
SP1 Discontinued N/A Standalone
SP1 10.0.61355
(Russian: 10.0.61357)
SP1A Download (166Mb) * fsx_sdk_sp1a.exe Standalone
SP2 10.0.61472 SP2 Download (211Mb) * sdk.msi Standalone
Acceleration 10.0.61637 SP2/XPack Retail only sdk.msi FSX Acceleration disk, SDK sub-folder

* May also be available on magazine cover discs.


FSX Deluxe RTM users

To install the SDK for FSX RTM:

  1. FSX must not be running.
  2. Browse the FSX Deluxe Edition disk 1
  3. Open the SDK sub-folder
  4. Double-click the setup.exe
  5. Tell it where to install

Default installation location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK


Before applying any Service Packs,
you should copy the GMax installer folder to another location, (outwith SDK folder tree),
as applying the SP will delete the GMax installer folder.


FSX Deluxe SP1 users

To install the SDK for FSX SP1:

  1. Download FSX SDK SP1A
  2. Install the FSX Deluxe RTM SDK (see instructions above)
  3. Install the FSX SDK SP1A that you downloaded


FSX Deluxe SP2 users

For standalone SP2 users only !
(All Acceleration Pack users please see instructions below at FSX Acceleration Pack Users).

To install the SDK for FSX SP2:

  1. Download FSX SDK SP2
  2. Install the FSX Deluxe RTM SDK (see instructions above)
  3. Install the FSX SDK SP1A (see instructions above)
  4. Install the FSX SDK SP2 that you downloaded


FSX Acceleration Pack OR FSX Gold Pack users

To install the SDK for FSX Acceleration Pack OR FSX Gold Pack:

  1. Install the RTM SDK from FSX Deluxe Edition disk 1, (see 3.1.1 FSX Deluxe RTM users instructions above).
  2. Insert your Acceleration Pack DVD.
  3. Browse to the subfolder called SDK\SP1a\
  4. Install the SDK SP1A from there using fsx_sdk_sp1a.exe, (dated 26/09/2007, size 165,569KB).
  5. Browse to the folder called SDK\
  6. Install the Acceleration SP2/XPack SDK using sdk.msi, (dated 06/10/2007, size 216,929KB).


FSX Standard users who've installed Acceleration Pack

For FSX Standard users only !

Do not use the downloadable SDK SP1A version, (it supposedly doesn't contain the nescessary components).

To install the SDK for FSX Acceleration Pack:

  1. Insert your Acceleration Pack DVD.
  2. Browse to the subfolder called SDK\SP1a\
  3. Install the SDK SP1A from there using fsx_sdk_sp1a.exe, (dated 26/09/2007, size 165,569KB).
  4. Browse to the folder called SDK\
  5. Install the Acceleration SP2/XPack SDK using sdk.msi, (dated 06/10/2007, size 216,929KB).


Important

Do not attempt to install the original retail version of the Flight Simulator X SDK over an updated SDK, as unpredictable results can occur.
See the troubleshooting link below.

Troubleshooting

For all troubleshooting and repair processes,
please see - SDK_Installation_(FSX)_-_Troubleshooting


DO NOT post any help request in the FSDeveloper forums
BEFORE you've completed the SDK_Installation_(FSX)_-_Troubleshooting process.


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