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How can I download and install DCS World 1.5.x or 2.0.x?

DCS World 1.5

You have to download File : DCS_World_Web_Installer.exe
put this file to any folder, run it once and follow the installation process.

DCS World 2.0 Open Alpha

[Purchased map on your account  is required for this version]

You have to download File: DCS_World_2_OpenAlpha.exe
put this file to any folder, run it once and follow the installation process.

Please read more in the corresponding FAQ page: 

DCS World 2.5 Open Beta

You have to download File : DCS_World_OpenBeta_web_8.exe
put this file to any folder, run it once and follow the installation process.

How can I install modules to any DCS World version

If you have purchased DCS module from the DCS e-shop, the easiest and fastest way to install the module is to use the Module Manager. To do so, please follow these steps:

1. Run DCS World.

2. From the Main Menu Page, click on Module Manager on the Top side of the screen (DCS ver. 1.5.* and ver. 2.0.*)

3. From the Module Manager page, click on the Modules tab, located along the top of the screen. Note: If you have purchased a New module through the DCS e-shop and open the Module Manager, DCS World will automatically detect the new purchase and you will be prompted to begin the installation.


4. Listed below will be all the Modules that you have and can purchase. For modules that you have purchased through the DCS E-shop, an "Install" button is located on the right side of the entry. Click this button to install your purchase.

5. Follow the prompted installation steps.

Please watch a video on youtube made by BIGNEWY - Installing a module in DCS World

Unable to install NEW product, an error message Unknown module appears

If you unable to install just purchased product via Module Manager and you get an error message saying:

Unknown module *Module_ID* (for example A10C-PIERCING_FURY_campaign or other NEW)

Please make sure you have the latest version DCS World. You can find it:
1. at the lower left corner of the main menu.
2.  in the file ..\Eagle Dynamics\DCS World\autoupdate_log.txt

The latest DCS World version number and the latest released DCS_updater.exe can be found on the page: DCS World updates

To update DCS World go to:
Windows Start Menu / All Apps / Eagle Dynamics. Locate the Update option for the DCS product (version) you wish to update.

Only after successful update you will be able to install New module.

More information about *Module_ID* parameters can be found on forums page

How do I bind a boxed-product serial key to install as a DCS World module?

If you purchased A-10C Warthog, Black Shark 2, UH-1H Huey or P-51D Mustang as a boxed product, it will include a serial key on the back of the Quick Start manual. You can use this key to bind the product to your DCS World account and allow you to update it.
Please following these steps:

*    From the License Check field in the Profile of your DCS World account page, enter the product serial key and press the CHECK button. 

*    Select the option to bind the serial key to your DCS World account.

*    Run DCS World and select the Module Manager icon at the top of the Main Menu page. Note that you will need to log your Module Manager into the same account to which you bound the serial key! You will then be prompted to install the module.

I have a serial number for the module but I can't install it via Module Manager?

If you have a serial number for the module (purchased in other store or from Steam) at first you have to bind it to account here: License serial number check, more information here: License informational Page and after that you will be able to install your product via Module Manager.

If you already check out all your serial numbers and they are bound to account and you still can't install Modules, so...

This is a quick solution for your problem :

1. Please download install batch file for your module, put this file to root \DCS World\ folder and run it once. Should be installed your module.

2. After that run any mission and activate by your key.

If your module is not listed, then download any version, open the file with editor (Notepad++) and change the module name to one that does not manage to install, save under the desired file name and put this file to root DCS World folder and run it once.

The correct name (Module_ID) you can take from this page.

I previously bought "DCS: Black Shark 2 Upgrade", how can I install it into DCS World?

This information is only for the customers who bought "Upgrade from DCS: Black Shark 1 to DCS: Black Shark 2". This product is no longer available in E-shop.

The STEAM users can't install and activate Black Shark 2 upgrade, it is possible only for standalone DCS World version from our site!

First of all you have to install and activate Black Shark 1 from your DVD or download version: DCS: Black Shark (English)
It's important to run installation as Administrator.

Note: Black Shark 1 is a separate installation and cannot be installed to DCS World as a module!

Attention! Serial number for Black Shark 1 can't be applied for activation of BS2 upgrade.

Then, if you ready to install Black Shark 2 upgrade to DCS World, you can start the installation via Module Manager / Modules tab click on Install button for Upgrade from DCS: Black Shark 1 to DCS: Black Shark 2 and when select components window appears choose DCS BS2 upgrade from BS1 international key.

Please make sure you are selecting the correct option during BS2 module install.

After that start any mission and enter early purchased key for Black Shark 2 update.

Star-Force activation window should be labeled as BlackShark 2 Update ENG

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This installer ONLY for DCS World 1.2.16!
You can download BS2 upgrade installer from the page: Upgrade from DCS: Black Shark 1 to DCS: Black Shark 2 

How can I download, install or Revert to DCS World 1.2.16? (DirectX 9)

Attention please!

We no longer support DCS World 1.2.16, you have to understand this.

If you still want, you can download 1.2.16 via torrent file

Distributive consists of several files. One executable and its resource files. 

Run DCS_World_1.2.16.43180.9-9.exe and follow the installation.

or you can revert to 1.2.16 from 1.5.* version - Reverting_DCS_1.2.16.43180.bat

put this file to root DCS folder and run once.

More information about a compatibility list of DCS modules for 1.2.16 version you can find on forums:

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Eligible <module> parameters