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Hello, one and all. I am new to this great site.

I am looking for a Combat Flight Sim game  / software for WWII (propeller and early jet planes) that will play on my Windows 10  64 bit machine. I have a high end video card and mega ram.

I am aware of STEAM - but do not want to use it. I am looking for a standalone game.

I have Microsoft Combat Simulator 3  Battle for Europe but the overall graphics is antiquated. 

Any suggestions , please?

 

Thank you.

andy jackson

 

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Welcome to the Combatsim forums Andy!

A number of combat flight sims will work on Windows 10 using "compatibility mode", including MCS3. My advice would be to check out the various original games websites, their game forums for MCS3, IL-2 Sturmovik, and other sims. Many times you have to do a lot of different tweaks to get them to work. Since Win 10 is so new, and so little flight sims are being made, I don't know of any that are now compatible without tweaks or are being made with Win10 in mind. I did find these suggestions below...

You have to run the "Program Compatibility Troubleshooter".  You can select the previous Windows OS, such as Windows XP, Service Pack 2 or 3.  You also can see how other CFS3 gamers have fixed problems by using one or more websites for CFS3 gamers.

The fix:  copy the whole cfs3 directories to the root directory. so that I now have c:\Microsoft games\cfs 3 etc.  You still need to run it in compatibility mode, but it will work with no problems. For CFS3 ETO and Over Flanders Fields, there is a little more work to do, to change the paths in the bat files and in the registry, but its pretty easy to find them.  Then for now at least the game is working again. Why Microsoft want to make it so difficult to run their own game I will never know!!!!  No doubt they will block this route next but it will be as successful as their lame attempt to block classic shell in windows 10.

Hope this helps.

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Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.41 GHz
Installed RAM: 16.0 GB (15.9 GB usable)
Device ID: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Product ID: 00330-50239-55604-AAOEM
System Type: 64-bit operating System, x64-based processor
Pen and Touch: No pen or touch input is available for this display

Windows specifications:
Edition: Windows 10 Pro
Version: 1803
Installed on: 5/19/2018
OS Build: 17134.590

First copy "Combat Flight Simulator WWII Europe Series" to a folder on C:\ I created a folder on C:\ and called it Microsoft Games and copied it there.

Inside that folder there is text document called combat.cfg. Open combat.cfg and cut what's in there and save it somewhere else. Copy the tweak into combat.cfg and save it.

I saw this tweak when I was searching for a fix. I wish I could give you a link to it but I can't find it today.

The only thing that I changed was LastJoystickName=Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick under [Controls] and Device=Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mode=1920x1080x64

The mode is the recommended Resolution on my machine. Yours may be different so after mode=change to your resolution.

Copy the following to a text file and save it as combat.cfg without a period at the end.

I made sure to run the game and the Joystick in compatibility mode XP-3. 

The game runs fine even before the tweak but I couldn't get the joystick to work. Once I changed combat.cfg and added the tweak everything works the way it did in 1998. I have used this on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and it has worked for me. I can't guarantee it will work for you but here is hoping. 

 

[LANGUAGE]
DLL=english.fll
[MAIN]
ShowLogo=1
NoWarnNot256=1
Location=312,132,968,668
Maximized=0
HideMenuNormal=0
HideMenuFullscreen=1
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IMAGE_QUALITY=1
HUD_COLOR=3
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ADF_500_HZ=0
ADVANCED_WEATHER=0
ASLAT=2
ASLON=0
COM_RATE=7
DEMO=0
FULL_SCREEN=2
FULL_640=0
HAZE_FLAG=0
HEAR_COCKPIT=1
HEAR_ENGINE=1
HEAR_NAVIGATION=1
INDASPD=1
KBDAIL=83
KBDELEV=64
KBDRUD=64
LOADDYNSCN=1
LOADSIM=0
LOADWEATHER=1
LOADWINDOW=1
LOG_TIME=0
MAP_ORIENTATION=2
LINEAR_CONTROLS=0
MEASURE=0
MOU_AIL=25
MOU_ELEV=35
MOU_NUL=64
PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=1
QUICKTIPS_OFF=0
RADIOS_25_KHZ=0
SMOOTH_VIEW=0
SOUND=1
SPLASH_SCREEN_OFF=0
PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1
SYSCLOCK=1
WEATHER=0
NORTH_SEASONAL_LAT=32
SOUTH_SEASONAL_LAT=32
FOREIGN_TRANSLATOR=0
PERFORMANCE_MODE=6
DEF_PERF_MODE=6
GUGSPD=2
MAP_GROUND_TEXTURE=1
PANEL_MASKING_OFF=0
PANEL_STRETCHING_OFF=0
TEXT_SCROLL=1
ImageComplexity=4
AUTO_RUDDER=1
REAL_MIXTURE=0
CHECKLISTS=0,5773,2330
SOUND_FADER1=0.800000
SOUND_FADER2=0.800000
SOUND_FADER3=0.780000
SOUND_FADER4=0.800000
SOUND_FADER5=0.800000
AIRCRAFT_TEXTURE=1
AIRCRAFT_SHADOWS=1
CLOUD_THICKNESS=0
CLOUD_WHISPING=1
GRADIENT_HORIZON=1
GROUND_SHADOWS=1
IMAGE_QUALITY=0
IMAGE_SMOOTHING=1
LOG_FILE=
LOW_RES_RENDERING=0
PROPELLER_VISIBLE=1
SEE_SELF=1
SITUATION=
SKY_TYPE=1
STARTUP_DEMO=
TEXTURE_BLDG=1
TEXTURE_GND=1
TEXTURE_WATER=1
FLIGHT_MODEL=1
UNLIMITED_FUEL=0
UNLIMITED_AMMO=0
SUNGLARE=1
GEFFECTS=1
WEAPON_EFFECT=1
INVINCIBLE=0
AIRSPEED=1
REALISM_SENSE=50
REAL_ENG_STOP=1
OVERALL_REALISM=95
JOYSTICKS=1


Device=Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mode=1920x1080x64
[AIRtoCONTAINER]
SIM1=Cessna Skylane 182R RG
SIM2=Learjet 45
SIM3=Schweizer 2-32 Sailplane
SIM4=Sopwith Camel
SIM5=Extra 300S
SIM6=Boeing 737-400
[APL]
CACHE_WAV_FILES=1
[Free Flight]
Aircraft=Supermarine Spitfire MK IX
GunAmmo=1400
CannonAmmo=240
RocketAmmo=0
BombAmmo=0
Clouds=1
visibility=2
winds=0
TimeOfDay=1
AirFieldIndex=34
AirfieldName=Interlaken
AirfieldChecked=1
UserLar=N46* 41.83'
UserLon=E7* 50.53'
UserAlt=+0
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ShowCampgnMsn=0
Current=8
Difficulty=0
Country=American
[SITUATIONAL_OPTIONS]
Enemy_indicator=0
Radar=1
NameTags=1
Range_indicator=1
Combat_status_messages=1
Radio_com=1
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LastJoystickName=Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick
force_master_gain=10000
force_master_enabled=1
force_stick_force_enabled=1
force_stick_shaker_enabled=1
force_gear_bump_enabled=1
force_crash_enabled=1
force_ground_bumps_enabled=1
force_machinegun_enabled=1
force_bulletdamage_enabled=1
force_rocket_enabled=1
force_bomb_enabled=1
force_flak_enabled=5130
PAN_RATE=400
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UnlimitedFuel=0
UnlimitedAmmo=0
Sunglare=1
GEffect=1
Invincible=0
FlightModel=1
WeaponEffect=1
IndicatedAirspeed=1
[settings]
joystick=1
ForceFeedJoystick=1
[MULTIPLAYER]
TICKS_PER_SYNC=90
TIME_BETWEEN_PACKETS=250
COLLISION_SECS=2
FOLLOWING_MULTIPLIER=5
ALLOW_PLANE_MODEL_SEND=0
ALLOW_PLANE_MODEL_RECEIVE=0
ALLOW_TEXTURE_SEND=0
ALLOW_TEXTURE_RECEIVE=0
MAX_SEGMENT_SIZE=100
MAX_SEGMENTS_PER_SEC=1
AUTOPILOT_LOCK=0
DISTANCE_DISPLAY=1
ADF_TRACK=0
ALLOW_NAME_TAG_DISPLAY=1
SP_PROTOCOL_SELECTION=-1
SP_PROTOCOL_ADDRESS=
NAME_TAG_DISPLAY_DISTANCE=40.000000
TIME_BETWEEN_SESSION_ENUMERATIONS=1000
SP_DISPLAY_CHEAT_WARNINGS=0
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SELECT_1=49,11
SELECT_2=50,11
SELECT_3=51,11
SELECT_4=52,11
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PLUS=187,8
ZOOM_1X=8,8
SOUND_TOGGLE=81,8
FULL_WINDOW_TOGGLE=87,8
ENGINE=69,10
SIM_RATE=82,8
SLEW_TOGGLE=89,8
PAUSE_TOGGLE=80,8
VIEW_MODE=83,8
GEAR_TOGGLE=71,8
ANTI_ICE_TOGGLE=72,8
JET_STARTER=74,8
ALL_LIGHTS_TOGGLE=76,8
VIEW_WINDOW_TO_FRONT=222,8
MAGNETO=77,8
BRAKES=190,8
SPOILERS_TOGGLE=191,8
FLAPS_UP=116,8
THROTTLE_FULL=48,8
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THROTTLE_DECR=114,8
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VIEW=111,8
NUMPAD7=36,8
NUMPAD8=38,8
NUMPAD9=33,8
NUMPAD4=37,8
NUMPAD5=12,8
NUMPAD6=39,8
NUMPAD1=35,8
NUMPAD2=40,8
MOUSE_AS_YOKE_TOGGLE=46,10
PAN_LEFT=8,11
PAN_RIGHT=13,11
VIEW_FORWARD=38,41
VIEW_FORWARD_RIGHT=33,41
VIEW_RIGHT=39,41
VIEW_REAR_RIGHT=34,41
VIEW_REAR=40,41
VIEW_REAR_LEFT=35,41
VIEW_LEFT=37,41
VIEW_FORWARD_LEFT=36,41
VIEW_DOWN=12,42
RUDDER_LEFT=45,8
RUDDER_RIGHT=135,8
BRAKES_LEFT=122,8
BRAKES_RIGHT=123,8
EXIT=67,10
ABORT=3,10
PAN_UP=8,9
PAN_DOWN=13,9
READOUTS_FLIGHT=90,9
PANEL_TOGGLE=219,9
VIEW_MODE_REV=83,9
LANDING_LIGHTS_TOGGLE=76,10
PARKING_BRAKES=190,10
MINUS_SHIFT=189,9
PLUS_SHIFT=187,9
FLAPS_INCR=118,8
FLAPS_DECR=117,8
PROP_PITCH_LO=115,10
PROP_PITCH_INCR=114,10
PROP_PITCH_DECR=113,10
PROP_PITCH_HI=112,10
MIXTURE_RICH=115,11
MIXTURE_INCR=114,11
MIXTURE_DECR=113,11
MIXTURE_LEAN=112,11
CLOSE_VIEW=221,8
NEW_VIEW=219,8
NEW_MAP=221,9
NEXT_VIEW=9,10
PREV_VIEW=9,11
GEAR_PUMP=71,10
PITOT_HEAT_TOGGLE=72,9
CHECKLIST_VIEW=67,9
MP_CHAT=13,10
MP_ACTIVATE_CHAT=13,8
PANEL_1=49,9
PANEL_2=50,9
PANEL_3=51,9
PANEL_4=52,9
PANEL_5=53,9
PANEL_6=54,9
PANEL_7=55,9
PANEL_8=56,9
PANEL_9=57,9
GUN_SIGHT_TOGGLE=220,8
VIEW_FORWARD_UP=38,42
VIEW_FORWARD_RIGHT_UP=33,42
VIEW_REAR_RIGHT_UP=34,42
VIEW_REAR_UP=40,42
VIEW_REAR_LEFT_UP=35,42
VIEW_FORWARD_LEFT_UP=36,42
VIEW_UP=12,41
SKIP_ACTION=88,8
FIRE_PRIMARY_GUNS=49,8
FIRE_SECONDARY_GUNS=50,8
DROP_BOMB=52,8
FIRE_ROCKET=51,8
FIRE_TIMED_ROCKET=32,8
TOGGLE_RADAR=120,8
INVOKE_HELP=112,8
SELECT_NEXT_TARGET=9,8
TOGGLE_PADLOCK=192,8
UNLOCK_TARGET=192,9
TOGGLE_AIRCRAFT_LABELS=78,8
TOGGLE_DAMAGE_TEXT=70,8
TOGGLE_ENEMY_INDICATOR=85,8
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BAIL_OUT=79,8
TOGGLE_RADIO=66,8
KEYBOARD_OVERLAY=72,8
CHASE_VIEW=67,8
BOMB_VIEW=65,8
HUD_UNITS=87,10
HUD_COLOR=87,9
ENGINE_AUTO_START=69,8
THROTTLE_50=53,8
THROTTLE_60=54,8
THROTTLE_70=55,8
THROTTLE_80=56,8
THROTTLE_90=57,8
OVERLAYMENU_VIEW=113,8
USER_INTERRUPT=27,8
SELECT_PREVIOUS_TARGET=9,9
SNAP_FORWARD=32,10
SNAP_REAR=32,11
AILERON_TRIM_LEFT=37,42
AILERON_TRIM_RIGHT=39,42
RUDDER_TRIM_LEFT=45,42
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SLEW_ALTIT_FREEZE1=114,8
SLEW_ALTIT_FREEZE2=113,8
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SLEW_ALTIT_PLUS=81,8
SLEW_ALTIT_MINUS=65,8
SLEW_PITCH_DN_FAST=119,8
SLEW_PITCH_DN_SLOW=118,8
SLEW_PITCH_FREEZE=117,8
SLEW_PITCH_UP_FAST=116,8
SLEW_PITCH_PLUS=57,8
SLEW_PITCH_MINUS=48,8
READOUTS_SLEW=90,9
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SLEW_FREEZE=12,8
SLEW_RIGHT=39,8
SLEW_HEADING_MINUS=35,8
SLEW_AHEAD_MINUS=40,8
SLEW_HEADING_PLUS=34,8
SLEW_RESET=32,8
[JOYSTICK_00]
LOCKED=0
TYPE=0
AXIS_FLAGS=15
AXIS_EVENT_00=AXIS_AILERONS_SET
AXIS_SCALE_00=64
AXIS_NULL_00=36
AXIS_EVENT_01=AXIS_ELEVATOR_SET
AXIS_SCALE_01=64
AXIS_NULL_01=36
AXIS_EVENT_02=AXIS_THROTTLE_SET
AXIS_SCALE_02=127
AXIS_NULL_02=1
AXIS_EVENT_03=AXIS_RUDDER_SET
AXIS_SCALE_03=64
AXIS_NULL_03=36
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_00=FIRE_PRIMARY_GUNS
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_00=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_01=FIRE_SECONDARY_GUNS
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_01=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_02=SELECT_NEXT_TARGET
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_03=SELECT_PREVIOUS_TARGET
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_04=WAR_EMERGENCY_POWER
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_05=DROP_BOMB
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_06=FIRE_ROCKET
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_07=TOGGLE_PADLOCK
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_08=NUMPAD7
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_09=NUMPAD1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_32=VIEW_FORWARD_UP/PAN_UP
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_32=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_33=VIEW_FORWARD_RIGHT/PAN_UP_RIGHT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_33=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_34=VIEW_RIGHT/PAN_RIGHT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_34=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_35=VIEW_REAR_RIGHT/PAN_DOWN_RIGHT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_35=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_36=VIEW_REAR/PAN_DOWN
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_36=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_37=VIEW_REAR_LEFT/PAN_DOWN_LEFT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_37=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_38=VIEW_LEFT/PAN_LEFT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_38=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_39=VIEW_FORWARD_LEFT/PAN_UP_LEFT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_39=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_40=VIEW_RESET
[JOYSTICK_SLEW_00]
LOCKED=0
TYPE=0
AXIS_FLAGS=11
AXIS_EVENT_00=AXIS_SLEW_SIDEWAYS_SET
AXIS_SCALE_00=64
AXIS_NULL_00=36
AXIS_EVENT_01=AXIS_SLEW_AHEAD_SET
AXIS_SCALE_01=64
AXIS_NULL_01=36
AXIS_EVENT_03=AXIS_SLEW_HEADING_SET
AXIS_SCALE_03=64
AXIS_NULL_03=36
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_00=SLEW_RESET
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_01=PAN_RESET
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_02=SLEW_ALTIT_PLUS
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_03=SLEW_ALTIT_MINUS
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_04=SLEW_PITCH_PLUS
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_05=SLEW_PITCH_MINUS
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_06=SLEW_BANK_MINUS
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_07=SLEW_BANK_PLUS
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BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_32=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_33=VIEW_FORWARD_RIGHT/PAN_UP_RIGHT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_33=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_34=VIEW_RIGHT/PAN_RIGHT
BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_34=1
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BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_35=1
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BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_36=1
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BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_37=1
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BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_38=1
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BUTTON_DOWN_REPEAT_39=1
BUTTON_DOWN_EVENT_40=VIEW_RESET
[FACILITIES]
REGION=
COUNTRY=
STATE=
CITY=
GTL_BUTTON=4096
[Campaign]
LastPilot=Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

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Late to this topic, but I'll reply anyway.

 

Personally, I still think IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is a great WWII combat sim. Not sure why you don't like Steam, but if you get it from there, it should install on your Windows 10 machine without any problems. It can also be modded using various community-created add-ons, but that takes some patience and following the mod install instructions to the letter. 

 

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover has better graphics than 1946, but I found the AI wasn't as good to dogfight against ... they seemed rather dumb compared to the AI in 1946. I could just be imagining that, but others I flew with in multiplayer coop thought the same thing.

 

DCS World is an amazing (and fully up-to-date with modern PC hardware and Windows 10) air combat simulation that is free to download, but you'll have to buy the decent warbirds like the Spitfire, FW-190 D-9 Dora, and the P-51D Mustang. You can download the base game for free from their official website or get it on Steam (that is, if you have a change of heart about them), but like I say, you have to buy the *good* versions of the warbirds if you want to fly them. You can also buy WWII air combat campaigns and maps (they have a WWII Normandy map) if you want the fully immersive experience. If you have any difficulties getting your bearings, check out the video tutorials on the Grim Reapers YouTube channel (here's some Spitfire tutorials) or, if videos aren't your thing, there's always the large and extremely helpful forum community at forums.eagle.ru.

 

I'm currently enjoying the hell out of DCS World. Here's a little video montage I made recently of a Spitfire mission I flew with one of my fellow CSIM forum buddies (warning: harsh language and non-period rock and roll music):

 

 

 

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Thanks, Donnie :)
 

I've changed my recording software so future vids won't be so dark. I also upped my mic volume since then since I can barely be heard (not a bad thing) in this video.

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