Checking the Hardware and Operating System for P3D.


Checking the Hardware and Operating System for P3D
(Always ask yourself the question: “How do I know?”)

  1. Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7/8 (64 bit)
  2. Processor: Quad Core (+) at least running 3 GHz (or better)
    • How do you know? Type “dxdiag” without quotes in the Windows Start field Search programs and files and hit ENTER. A screen with results pops up.
  3. RAM: 6-8 GB (or better)
    • How do you know? See #1
  4. Hard Disk Space 30 GB (+3 GB for the SDK);
    • Note: Disk space with ORBX+Vector+OLC=80 GB
    • How do you know? Click Windows Key and Select Computer: the hard disks are shown.
  5. Video Memory: 2 GB + (GDDR5 or better)
    • How do you know? See #1
  6. Graphics Card: with full DirectX11 support; (DX10 is NOT supported in P3D24)
      How do you know? See #1; and look on the website of the manufacturer for specifications of your model.
  7. Administrator Rights: you must have administrative rights on the disks or folders where you install P3D, when you installed different from the default path C:Program Files (x86)Lockheed MartinPrepar3D
    • How do you know? Take care! The fact that you are the “Administrator” when you installed Windows does not mean that you -as a User- have the same Permissions. Right mouse click on the disk where you installed P3D, select Properties and then the Security tab. In the Group or user names: table you will discover a group called Administrators (yourname-PCAdministrators) and a group called Users (yourname-PCUsers). Check in the table below Permissions for…and check if you (as a User) has sufficient permissions. Full control should be the answer.
  8. MSXML 6: if it’s not on the machine yet, you can download it here
    • How do you know? Open Control panel and select Uninstall or change a program. Look in the table if MSXML 4.0 SP2 exists (3 lines – versions 9870-9876-9818)
  9. DirectX9.0c: if it’s not on the machine yet, you can download it here
    • How do you know? Open Control panel and select Uninstall or change a program. Look in the table if Microsoft Visual C++ exists (10 lines)
  10. Display Screen resolution: 1024×700 minimum
    • How do you know? See #1
  11. If you have positive answers on the checkpoints above, proceed.
  12. Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64-bit)
    • How do you know? See #1
  13. Run Windows Update and let the system tell you if Windows is up to date. Run Windows Update twice to be sure.
  14. Clean the registry with e.g. CCleaner, defrag the disk (with the installed OS) Do not defrag a SSD! If you don’t have an SSD, do yourself a favor…
  15. Restart the PC and Create a full system image and a Data file backup with: Control PanelSystem and SecurityBackup and Restore; (better: use Acronis)
  16. When done …test the Restore with Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsRecovery. If this is not working now…it won’t when you  really need it.
  17. Remember that you never restore a back up including errors in the system image …you get those errors back again when restoring!
  18. Done. Now, the 2nd next step is to select the article to download and install P3D.
  19. First go HERE for the download check.
  20. At the end of that post you will find the 3rd step: Installation
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