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How to create a symbolic link, in windows 10, so that you can use your "Rise of flight" skins in "Flying Circus" without using up any extra drive space.

I chose to do each aircraft separately as they are released.

Before commencing make a backup of the original skins. In my IL2 skins folder I renamed mine "FokkerDr1 original" etc

1) Type in Command Prompt in the bottom search bar.
2) When the command prompt pops up, right click on it, so that you can run it as an administrator
3) Click yes on the windows pop up and your command prompt window will pop up.

I have my IL2 stored on my "C" drive

eg - C:\Program Files (x86)\1C Game Studios\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Moscow\data\graphics\skins

and my RoF skins stored on my "H" drive

eg - H:\Program Files (x86)\Rise of Flight\data\graphics\skins

This means I want to place a shortcut (symbolic link) in my IL2 folder directing to the RoF folder

4) You will need to type the following information into the command prompt window.

mklink /d (this is the command for the symbolic link that we require)

the location of the IL2 skins folder (eg C:\Program Files (x86)\1C Game Studios\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Moscow\data\graphics\skins)

the location of the RoF folder (eg H:\Program Files (x86)\Rise of Flight\data\graphics\skins)

This means, for me, I would need to type the following, to create a FokkerDr1 symbolic link in my IL2 folder.

mklink /d "C:\Program Files (x86)\1C Game Studios\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Moscow\data\graphics\skins\FokkerDr1" "H:\Program Files (x86)\Rise of Flight\data\graphics\skins\FokkerDr1"

Please note the quotation marks at the start and end on both addresses. This is because of the spaces in the address. Without them the command prompt will give you a syntax error.

Hope this helps

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You can do this somehow easier, but you might have to do this for all the skin folders separately.


MOVE all skins to a named folder on another drive etc.

Create Shortcuts (thats the Symlinks) for all the files there in that 'NEW place.

MOVE ONLY the shortcuts back to the original location.


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