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"Saved Games" not working anymore after hardware change and copying DCS onto SSD


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Hello,

I copied DCS from D to the faster C drive.

When starting DCS I noticed all my settings (graphics, snapviews,...)  were gone in DCS World. Even when making changes to graphics settings and then launching a quickstart mission and exiting DCS to desktop, the "D:\Saved Games\DCS.openbeta\options.lua" file remains unchanged with the old files. Tried deleting "D:\Saved Games\DCS.openbeta" folder after backing it up and restarting a mission in DCS hoping that the folder would populate with new files but no, folder is still empty.

I checked C:\users\USERNAME\ but there is no Saved Games folder here either.

Also found another folder C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\DCS.openbeta which is also empty.

I did a successful REPAIR and CLEANUP using Skate Zilla's DCS UPDATER UTILITY but still the same results.

 

How can I rebuild the structure from the "Saved Games" folder so that I can overwrite it with my backup config files?

 

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do you have your old "saved games"? what i did is i installed the game, renamed my "saved games dcs.openbeta" to .org. your controllers will likely be named a different guid. so what i did is i opened each plane and imported the old controller files. that way its the same config but correct guid.

 

 

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I downloaded and installed DCS World OpenBeta completely from scratch after backing up my game install folder. Started DCS and launched a quickstart mission in the Frogfoot free plane (all my aircraft and terrain and campaign modules have to be reinstalled). Then I did a windows search in my pc searching for any files changed in the last 7 minutes when DCS was running (enter "datemodified: 03/05/2021 18:10 .. 03/05/2021 18:17" in the explorer search bar). I found the save game location!! But WTF, it's in my documents folder! So how did it end up here in "D:\Documents\My Games\DCS.openbeta" instead of "Saved Games"?


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SOLVED!
OK apparently according to DCS log file it could not find Windows "Saved Games" folder and then DCS defaults to "My documents\My games" folder instead. 
So here is the solution if you want to recreate your Windows 10 "Saved Games" folder to the default location in your users folder:

Download batch file from following site: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/23504-restore-default-location-personal-folders-windows-10-a.html#11

Or create the batch file yourself with following content:

 

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@echo off 

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

timeout /t 2 /nobreak >nul

if not exist "%UserProfile%\Saved Games" mkdir "%UserProfile%\Saved Games"

reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /v "{4C5C32FF-BB9D-43B0-B5B4-2D72E54EAAA4}" /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Saved Games" /f

reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "{4C5C32FF-BB9D-43B0-B5B4-2D72E54EAAA4}" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d %%USERPROFILE%%"\Saved Games" /f

attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games" /S /D

timeout /t 1 /nobreak >nul

start explorer.exe


Then, if you want you can move this "Saved Games" windows library to another drive by right-clicking and selecting "properties" and then go to the "location" tab.


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9 minutes ago, Hammerhead said:

SOLVED!
OK apparently according to DCS log file it could not find Windows "Saved Games" folder ...

 

 

Correct, the "Saved Games" is a special Windows folder, it cant be moved or renamed by the usual windows file management. 

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