Windows 7 Combat flight simulator ww2 Sidewinder Precision Not working 2

Why is Side Winder Precision 2 Joystick not working with Combat Flight Simulator and Windows 7.
Other flight simulators are working OK
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    See if there are any patches available for the game and try running it in compatibility mode... CFS is a very old game.
  2. Best answer selected by E Chappell.
  3. Ok the problem is very simple To Fix Joystick Problem !


    In Windows 95 To XP, the game search for joystick name in regedit
    at key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\MediaProperties\PrivateProperties\Joystick\OEM\..."
    but in Windows > XP (or 64 bits systems) (Example: Windows 7 - 64 bits) The key is not in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" but in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER"

    Then just patch the EXE file game to read in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" and not in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"
    The ASM instruction is "push 80000002" to request on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" (hexadecimal values=6802000080)
    and "push 80000001" to request on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" (hexadecimal values=6801000080)

    Follow Simple Steps to patch properly (Change Only 2octets):

    01) Download Hexadecimal editor (example freeware:
    02) Optional: Backup the EXE Game file Default = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Combat Flight Simulator\COMBATFS.EXE"
    03) Optional: Backup the Config game file (if exists) Default = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Combat Flight Simulator\COMBATFS.CFG"
    04) Open the EXE Game file "COMBATFS.EXE" with the hexadecimal editor
    05) Search for hexadecimal values an enter "6802000080" (CTRL+F -> Hexadecimal Values -> 6802000080, F3 To search next)
    06) Normally you have 3 results (Me at offsets: 1141, C60F, C6BD) (Don't Select And Change The 1st result)
    07) Select the 2nd result (Me at offset C60F) and replace "6802000080" by "6801000080" [Just replace 02 by 01]
    08) Select the 3rd result (Me at offset C6BD) and replace "6802000080" by "6801000080" [Just replace 02 by 01]
    09) Save the EXE game file "COMBATFS.EXE" (in hexadecimal editor)
    10) Delete the config game file "COMBATFS.CFG" (if exists)
    11) Start the Game...
    12) Joystick And Configuration Menu Works Fine NOW ;)

    (If you have some problems just replace "COMBATFS.EXE" [steps 02] To restore original file)

    Enjoy ;)
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