Why are you saying Windows 7 I HAVE WINDOWS VISTA 64 bit
There's no difference between the two in this regard. It works both in Vista and Windows 7, both 64 bit.
and your instructions say addon manager will not work on that platform
The website only say it works on some OS which were available when the website was written, which means those OS were the only one that we tested on at that time. That doesn't automatically mean it *won't* run on newer OS, just that we didn't guaranteed it would, because at that time we never tested on 64 bit OSs.
Now we do, and I'm telling you IT WORKS on all Windows OS, including Vista 64 bit, and we have tested this.
So please, accept the explanation that your OS is NOT the problem.
I have tried everything with esellerate and cannot find any way to contact them.
If FS9 quits at start, the Esellerate folks don't have anything to do with this. I've already listed all the possible reasons why this could happen.
I tried to do a manual install but it requires a installation id and I don't know what that is I have tried all numbers on my order and nothing works nor can I find any explanation on there web site.
This would be required ONLY to activate the product without an internet connection. Your problem is NOT an activation problem. If there's no activation the program will NOT quit, it will just run a scenery in Trial mode, for 5 minutes at them, then the buildings will disappear.
If the activation had anything to do with this, I would told you so.
I guess I will have to forgo any more purchases until I upgrade to Windows 7.
As I've said, your OS is not a problem, at all, since the program runs just fine on BOTH Vista and Windows 7 so, the problem must be something else.
You still haven't replied to my question, though: do you run FS9.EXE in any of the Compatibility modes ? Be sure you turn everything OFF in the "Compatibility" tab of the "Properties" page for the FS9.EXE.
You can also try removing DEP, as explained here:http://www.mydigitallife.info/disable-and-turn-off-or-enable-or-turn-on-data-execution-prevention-dep-in-windows-vista/