PART 1 – MAKING A COPY OF YOUR MSTS FOLDER

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PART 1 – MAKING A COPY OF YOUR MSTS FOLDER

Post  rufuskins on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 1:40 pm

In this series of posts I will outline some of the simple tasks that I have developed for my own use over the years. To the majority these will seem overly simplistic, and probably blatantly obvious, but if it helps one simmer then I consider it a success. I hope to add more parts as time goes on, and these could include how to install routes, stock, etc.

PART 1 – MAKING A COPY OF YOUR MSTS FOLDER

1. Place your mouse over your MSTS installation and highlight. Note: I have chosen to name mine “1MSTS” – installed in accordance with the method specified on Steam4me.



2. Right click and then click on “Copy” in the list that has appeared.

     

3. Right click within the white area and click on “Paste” in the list that has appeared.



4. This gives a folder named "1MSTS – copy".

   

5. You can either leave the folder as named, or highlight the folder and right click on “Rename” in the list that has appeared.

     

6. This highlights the folder as below:-

     

7. Type within the highlighted box the name that you wish to use – I typically add the date as shown below:-

   

8. This simple process can be applied to any folder and/or file that you a require a copy of.


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Post  steamnut44 on Sat 11 Oct 2014, 9:28 am

Hi Alec, is it possible to copy using this method, from my desktop computer, onto an external hard drive, then copy MSTS from the external hard drive to a lap top, without having to use the MSTS CDs. I have tried loading the CDs to my laptop, but when asked to insert CD2, it won't carry on installing after clicking ok. It just stops installing.


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Re: PART 1 – MAKING A COPY OF YOUR MSTS FOLDER

Post  rufuskins on Sat 11 Oct 2014, 10:07 am

Geoff
You can use this method but I think you will also need to copy the registry entries as well? Ged (Slipperman12) may be able to shed more light on this option.
There is a reference to the MSTS Registry entries at Steam4me HERE!
I'm not sure whether you can't copy the contents of the second disc into a temporary location and somehow use it from there, and again Ged may be able to help?


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Post  marcus1940 on Sat 11 Oct 2014, 9:43 pm

Hi
I have my MSTS folder on my "D" drive and three external hard drives and I switch from one to the other by using Route Riter to change the registry entry. This way I can have a bare bones version, an English routes version, and an American routes version etc. I then add any further routes, stock, or activities to the appropriate MSTS folder

One thing of course is to make sure you change back to the right MSTS folder using Route Riter again.

This method I find saves me having too large a single MSTS folder.

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Post  slipperman12 on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 12:07 am

Hi Gentlemen,
Sorry for the late arrival!!

I've found the quickest way to install MSTS is to copy both CDs into one folder (to be very un-original, mine is called MSTS-CDs!) then whenever a re-installation, or a new installation, is required, run the setup.exe as administrator. There is one file duplicated on the CDs, but when CD2 reports it, it can be overwritten or skipped - it doesn't matter. Obviously, copying the CDs takes some time, but when it's done you don't need to do it again, as long as you've backed the folder up. I have modified mine to use a batch file to install MSTS, apply the update, install the Bin patch and rename the startup.mpg file and it takes a lot less time than running both CDs!

Regarding Registry changes, they are not necessary if you only want to run activities. However, to add activities and/or stock the Registry is used, in most cases, to determine the location of MSTS (some still default to the original MSTS default location in Program Files!). I have MSTS installed on a large internal drive and keep several installations on it, with each Train Simulator folder renamed to include the route or region it contains. It is then just a case of making one of the folders "live" by renaming it to Train Simulator, after renaming the previous live folder appropriately. Windows doesn't care where the folder is, so long as its path name matches that given when it was installed.

Of course, the Route-Riter method has to be used if MSTS installations are on different drive letters. If it's on an external drive, it will almost certainly run better if the whole Train Simulator folder is temporarily copied on to the MSTS base drive. There is the overhead of renaming the current live folder and copying another one in, but it should be compensated by the faster access provided by the internal drive.

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Post  rufuskins on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 8:20 am

Ged
Many thanks for that, and I will be copying the two CDs as you suggested. I must look at the idea of a batch file for the extras myself.


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Post  slipperman12 on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 9:57 am

Hi Alec,
If you need any ideas, you are welcome to have a look at my batch file - it works with XP, Vista, Win 7 and Win 8/8.1. Currently, it won't work with V1.0 of MSTS because I haven't incorporated the Class 50, SD40, etc. updates, but it shouldn't be a big job to do so Smile

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Post  rufuskins on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 10:39 am

Ged
I would be very interested in your batch file, as I'm looking to do another fresh install of MSTS specifically for my LYR stock.
I'm pleasantly surprised that W10 appears to allow MSTS to work, as I had imagined it would be based on touching the screen, etc., and I'll continue to watch the results of your review. Your efforts in this regard are much appreciated in the MSTS community, and gives us all hope that we can continue to use MSTS with some degree of confidence.


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Re: PART 1 – MAKING A COPY OF YOUR MSTS FOLDER

Post  slipperman12 on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 5:36 pm

Hi Alec,
I have sent you an email - hope you're using the same address!!

Cheers,
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