Okay, the download took a long time, which was expected. It only took about 15 minutes to install and ran fine once the installation was complete. I saw a definite improvement in frame rates going from 7 fps to about 13fps on my somewhat antiquated machine. So, I restarted my machine and now FSX tells me I have to activate again. I think I am getting gipped since I would have to use my remaining activation. A third restart (don’t ask me why) brings an error saying that “Flight Simulator was unable to load some program files and will now exit. Please reinstall Flight Simulator to restore or repair the program installation.” oh geez… that took almost two hours the first time. Maybe FS9 is my friend after all. I’ll wait a year or so for Microsoft to patch the patch. Too bad…. Bill Gates strikes yet again!
EDIT: Please review the comments below as Sgt Pepper has some advice on installing SP1.