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    Steam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Steam Specific Issues

    Hello everybody, since the same questions are asked a billions time despite being clarified everywhere, let's link them all together.

    **EFFECTIVE 05/12/2017, STARTING w/ DCS:M2000C and Newer, Modules will no Longer Use Starforce and Will Use Steam's DRM, There fore these Modules Cannot be Purchased and Used with the Eagle Dynamics Distribution**
    (Easiest Way to tell is Modules that still use starforce will have the 3rd Party DRM Notice in the Features List on the Right Side when You are on Module's/DLCs Page).

    Can I activate my DCS World Module purchased on steam on DCS World Standalone(Non-Steam)?

    Yes, you will simply need to retrieve your serial key which can be found within your steam library and right-clicking on DCS World -> "View CD Key" then use this serial key to authenticate your module on DCS World.

    Another way to view your cd-key is by simply by clicking the "CD-Key" link on the right side menu displayed after clicking DCS World within your library as SkateZilla mentioned


    Can I use my modules purchased from ED Store on Steam?

    Note: from 06/07/2014, License Keys purchased from ED, Gamefly or other External Sources will no longer activate on Steam.


    See:
    http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.ph...02#post2085202


    My Steam DCS World does not show any key!

    It can sometimes happen that the steam store run out of keys for the games sold on their platforms. Wait until the developers give them a fresh batch of keys and you will be able to get your key afterward.



    I just purchased a module off steam and it is now in rebate!, what can I do!?

    This is basically your fault for not waiting on future deals but you can always contact steam to see if they can do somethings about it (which can sometimes happen if it was purchased a few minutes earlier)

    You can contact them by accessing the following page : https://support.steampowered.com/



    I have added my key to Steam but the module does not appear in the game

    After entering the key of your newly purchased product, Steam will update DCS World. Make sure the game is not active and let the update finish before re-entering the game.



    I purchased a newly released module and I cannot register it over steam

    If the module has been released within a month, you will have to wait until the module is published on the steam platform and then wait for the keys purchased from the ED store to be added to the Steam database. If you really want to try to module right away, your only option is to get it from the DCS World Standalone which can be found on the main website :
    http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.co...rld/dcs_world/



    Can I have both the standalone and Steam versions of DCS installed? Do they share settings? Are there any negative side-effects?

    You can have both installations on your PC at the same time. There won't be any negative effects due to both installations keeping all their updates / configurations within their own folders.



    How do I add command line arguments to a steam shortcut?

    - Right click on DCS World within your Steam Library
    - Select Properties
    - Click on "Set Launch Options"
    - Type your command line options.

    Every time the game is launched, the arguments will be executed.


    Why doesn't the game track my time played?
    Why the Steam overlay is not working?

    This is currently an issue with the launcher which should soon be fixed. Once the issue is resolved, the time will be tracked as long as you are not playing in "Steam Offline Mode".


    Are patches/updates for the Steam version of DCS released at the same time as the standalone? Is this a source of potential issues if both are installed and used between updates?

    DCS World Updates are pushed through ED servers for the standalone and Steam Servers for the Steam platform thus resulting in a delay when using Steam (since Steam has to first receive and handle the new update). The good new is that the updates will be much quicker to download from your Steam platform. The negative side is that you might have to wait before being able to play with your friends using the standalone version on the latest revision.


    What are the differences between the Standalone DCS World and the Steam version?

    Steam Version :
    - Auto-Update without launching the game (as long as steam is open)
    - Faster Update Speed
    - Steam In-Game Overlay
    - Steam Friend List Notifications
    - Quick Repair
    - DLCs not present on steam are unsupported

    Standalone DCS World :
    - Get all the modules as soon as they are released
    - Does not require any extra program to be launched
    - Has every single modules available

    If you are fine with waiting for most product to be available on steam and like most of the Steam feature, the Steam version might be for you.
    If you own unsupported products such as Upgrades / FC3 or do not care about the Steam functionalities, Standalone DCS World might be for you.


    My Steam installation crash / does not work properly anymore, is there any way to fix it?

    You repair your installation by going in the properties of DCS World which can be done by right clicking on DCS World within your library and selecting Properties. Then selecting the Local Files tab, which allow you to repair or uninstall the software.




    Feel free to add your own question / answer using the same format below. Please refrain from saying ANY COMMENTS since this is basically the main reason why these questions are repeated so often (visibility)

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    You can Also Get your CD Key via:
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      #3
      Are we able to purchase Steam versions and use the key on a non-Steam DCSW installation?
      If you want to talk to anyone about anything personal, send it to their PM box. Interpersonal drama and ad hominem rebuttal are things that do not belong on a thread viewed by the public.

      Originally posted by MadTommy
      One thing i have to point out... naming a thread.. "OK, so" is as useful as tits on a bull.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Yours Truly View Post
        Are we able to purchase Steam versions and use the key on a non-Steam DCSW installation?
        From the post at the top of the thread. Two posts above yours. The very first question, in fact.

        Can I activate my DCS World Module purchased on steam on DCS World Standalone?

        Yes, you will simply need to retrieve your serial key which can be found within your steam library and right-clicking on DCS World -> "View CD Key" then use this serial key to authenticate your module on DCS World.

        Another way to view your cd-key is by simply by clicking the "CD-Key" link on the right side menu displayed after clicking DCS World within your library as SkateZilla mentioned
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          #5
          Originally posted by cichlidfan View Post
          From the post at the top of the thread. Two posts above yours. The very first question, in fact.
          Sorry, didn't see that.
          If you want to talk to anyone about anything personal, send it to their PM box. Interpersonal drama and ad hominem rebuttal are things that do not belong on a thread viewed by the public.

          Originally posted by MadTommy
          One thing i have to point out... naming a thread.. "OK, so" is as useful as tits on a bull.

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            #6
            Thanks for the thread, well deserved. Bravo
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              #7
              Will I have to buy BS2 since I cant use the upgrade?


              Take a look at our in-depth DCS A10C tutorials HERE

              If you want to participate in these tutorial sessions, please send me a PM and I can get you setup!

              TUTORIALS TO RETURN "VERY SOON"

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                #8
                Thanks for doing this ShaZe88.

                Some suggested additions for ShaZe88 to edit into the OP: (some may have obvious answers, but I think it's important to cover everything in one place)

                Q: How do I launch directly into Multiplayer Mode from Steam?

                Q: Can I have both the standalone and Steam versions of DCS installed? Do they share settings? Are there any negative side-effects?

                Q: Why doesn't the game track my time played?

                Q: Are FC3 and the BS2 Upgrade coming to Steam, or is this not planned?

                Q: Are patches/updates for the Steam version of DCS released at the same time as the standalone? Is this a source of potential issues if both are installed and used between updates?

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                  #9
                  Steam DCS A-10C

                  Can i merge a steam purchased DCS A-10C & ED shop purchased FC3 in WORLD ?
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Squid View Post
                    Can i merge a steam purchased DCS A-10C & ED shop purchased FC3 in WORLD ?
                    Yes, but since FC3 is not supported on Steam, you will have to do it with a non-Steam install of DCS World.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by cichlidfan View Post
                      Yes, but since FC3 is not supported on Steam, you will have to do it with a non-Steam install of DCS World.
                      Thanks.
                      That means to download the current A-10C from ED and install it in WORLD using the serial i got through my old steam purchase?
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Squid View Post
                        Thanks.
                        That means to download the current A-10C from ED and install it in WORLD using the serial i got through my old steam purchase?
                        Yes.
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                          #13
                          Is it recommended to change to Steam if only having hard disk Space left for one copy?

                          Will all upcoming modules be available in Steam?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Hoggorm View Post
                            Is it recommended to change to Steam if only having hard disk Space left for one copy?

                            Will all upcoming modules be available in Steam?


                            What are the differences between the Standalone DCS World and the Steam version?

                            Steam Version :
                            - Auto-Update without launching the game (as long as steam is open)
                            - Faster Update Speed
                            - Steam In-Game Overlay
                            - Steam Friend List Notifications
                            - Quick Repair

                            Standalone DCS World :
                            - Get all the modules as soon as they are released
                            - Does not require any extra program to be launched
                            - Has every single modules available

                            If you are fine with waiting for most product to be available on steam and like most of the Steam feature, the Steam version might be for you.
                            If you own unsupported products such as Upgrades / FC3 or do not care about the Steam functionalities, Standalone DCS World might be for you.

                            I believe that should be a pretty good answer. Feel free anyone to add points that I could have missed. This is mostly the pros of each version.

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                              #15
                              Steam / DCS-Shop Keys

                              I bought every DCS product so far.
                              Some in thr DCS or LockonShop and some in Steam.

                              Right now I tried to install everyting in Steam. Every Module worked except BS1 / BS2. Is that correct?
                              I bought BS1 and BS2 upgrade in the DCS shop. Do I have to install everything outside Steam to have every Module available (as I ll be able to use the Steam key outside Steam) if I don't want to re-purchase BS in Steam?
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                                #16
                                Stream crash

                                Every time the game starts to load a mission and I am running open broadcast software the game crashes? Anyone else have this issue?

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                                  #17
                                  I have A-10c, It will not Start? Could Anyone Tell me why I keep Getting (press-pause/Break)....What is the key? what is the pause button.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Nite Cat View Post
                                    I have A-10c, It will not Start? Could Anyone Tell me why I keep Getting (press-pause/Break)....What is the key? what is the pause button.
                                    The Pause key is "F16" on my Apple keyboard, and generally it's the key just above "Page Up". Otherwise you can just click the little "Fly" button in the bottom left of the window when you start a flight.

                                    Hope this helps!

                                    --NoJoe

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                                      #19
                                      the button that says:

                                      PAUSE
                                      ---------
                                      BREAK

                                      ?
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                                        #20
                                        Here an important information for the players who purchased the A-10C via Steam before DCS WORLD was released on Steam.
                                        You might have added the serial number to your non Steam Version of the game in the past ( I had bought all 4 A-10C modules for my 4 playeraccounts I do own via Steam before DCS-World was avaible on Steam/thats why I know about this issue)
                                        Since DCS World is avaible on Steam, Steam granted their customers another new serial number/different from the original products serialnumber to the DCS A-10C for your Steam account for use in DCS WORLD on Steam (DLC CD-Key for the A-10C).
                                        When you have ever activated the origianal serialnumber /bind it to your DCS account in the past before the release of DCS World on Steam and you play the A-10C on the Steam DCS World logging in with the same login you use for the non steam version of the game you might face a problem wich I want to share with you and its solution.
                                        The new issued serialnumber (Steam DLC CD-Key) granted from steam for your pre DCS World on Steam bought A-10C product will get bind to your DCS account, regardless that there is already/still the original serial number of the same product binded to your account. For a while you even might not notice this fact at all. But when you try to log into the serverbrowser/multiplayergame after reinstalling the whole non steam DCS WORLD and its modules with the activated A-10C module you might face the message "wrong serial number". It took me a couple of attempts solving the issue until I noticed the drop down menue in the module manager of the non steam DCS World version next to the A-10C wich showed me surprisingly both serialnumbers of the module (the original and the one issued by steam after the DCS World launch on Steam.
                                        Solution:
                                        Deactivate the A-10C with the modulemanager in the non steamversion of DCS WORLD.
                                        Log into your player account on the http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com
                                        now open another tab in your browser:
                                        http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/myserials.php
                                        there you can unbind the doubled serial numbers.
                                        Best you back them up bofore unbind ... because they will disapear.
                                        If you missed the backup of the keys check them out again on Steam).
                                        Depending if you played the A-10C on Steam DCS World or not (or whatever else counts in) it differs wich of the two serials will be accepted by the game when you reactivate them (by starting the multiplayer via desktop shortcut while holding the left shiftkey pressed).
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