Hi everyone. My boxed DVD version arrived yesterday. Like many customers I would prefer not to use Disc 1 each time I fly MSFS. So here is a workaround:
Create a new folder. It can be any name.
Copy and paste into the new folder these four files ONLY from Disc 1:
Create an ISO file out of that folder with any name you want (doesn’t have to be MFS DISK 1). There are open source ISO creators available. Windows 10 can open ISO files but not write them without third party support. I had success with WinCDEmu.
Each time before you run MSFS, first mount that new ISO file. The assigned letter and type of media (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, etc.) don’t matter. Make sure the virtual disc shows up in File Explorer before you run the sim. Check in This PC and make sure the assigned drive letter shows up.
That’s it. The ISO file is 2.18 MB which is a lot better than the over 7 GB that a full ISO copy of Disc 1 would have taken up. You can confirm it works if you see a small circle on the lower right after you press any key to start in the simulator. The disc check takes place between that press-key-to-start and the online search for updates.
Note that I did this using the English language DVD set. If you have a disc set in other languages and my instructions above doesn’t work, try adding all the 0x04… files since they are used for language support. I don’t think you will really need to, but I could be wrong.