Flight Simulator X: Windows 10 problems [Full Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X is the most popular flight simulator at the moment, but it has a few problems on Windows 10 systems, particularly with the actual installation or launching the game.
  • If you're having installation problems or black screen issues, try running the game in compatibility mode or reinstalling DirectX. If that doesn't help, there are more fixes presented in this article.
  • For more fixes and guides, the Game Fix page is an invaluable resource, as it covers crashes, graphics issues and much more.
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solve Flight Simulator X: Windows 10 Problems

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is the most popular flight simulation game on Windows. This game was released many years ago, so some issues with it are expected.

Speaking of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, today we will cover some of the most common problems that this game has on Windows 10.

It has been reported that this game can’t be installed on Windows 10 computers and that there are issues with black screen, along with other visual problems, so let’s try to fix some of them.


 

How do I fix Microsoft Flight Simulator X problems

  1. Use Software Licensing System Reset Tool
  2. Use hidden Administrator account to install the game
  3. Turn on the Anti-Aliasing option
  4. Run Microsoft Flight Simulator X in compatibility mode
  5. Verify the integrity of game cache on Steam
  6. Reinstall DirectX 9
  7. Run Flight Simulator X in borderless window mode
  8. Reinstall Flight Simulator X on Steam
  9. Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages
  10. Check Preview DirectX 10
  11. Move uiautomationcore.dll to the game directory folder

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1. Use Software Licensing System Reset Tool

Users are complaining that they can’t even install Microsoft Flight Simulator X on their computer. According to them, when they try to install the game they get Error 1722 or fatal Error 1603.

This can be a big problem, but fortunately, there is a solution available:

  1. Download Software Licensing System Reset Tool.
  2. Make sure that you save the file to your Desktop.
  3. After the download is complete go to your Desktop and run MSKB928080.exe.
  4. Accept the license agreement by clicking Yes.
  5. Extract the files to C: > Microsoft > KB928080 folder.
  6. Start Command Prompt as administrator. To do that, in the Search bar type Command Prompt and from the list of results right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.flight simulator x windows 10
  7. When Command Prompt starts, type the following lines and after each line press Enter to run it:
    • cd C:
    • cd MicrosoftKB928080
    • resetsldl -All
  8. After doing that close Command Prompt and try installing the game again.

2. Use hidden Administrator account to install the game

If you can’t install Microsoft Flight Simulator X, maybe you should try using the hidden administrator account to install it. First, let’s see how to enable administrator account:

  1. In the Search bar type Command Prompt and right-click Command Prompt from the list of results. Choose Run as administrator and you should start Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
  2. In Command Prompt type the following and press Enter to run it:
    • net user administrator /active:yes
  3. Now log out of your current account and switch to the newly enabled Administrator account.
  4. When you log in to the Administrator account try to install Flight Simulator X.
  5. After the game installs you can switch back to your regular account. Start Command Prompt like we explained in Step 1 and enter the following command to disable administrator account:
    • net user administrator /active:no

Learn everything there is to know about the Administrator Account in Windows from our detailed guide!


3. Turn on the Anti-Aliasing option

Users claim that enabling Anti-Aliasing option fixes some of the graphical issues in Flight Simulator X, so let’s try that:

  1. Go to the Settings tab on Flight Simulator X home page.
  2. Click the Customize button at the bottom.
  3. Check the Anti-Aliasing option and save the changes.
    flight-simulator-x-settings

4. Run Microsoft Flight Simulator X in compatibility mode

If you can’t run Flight Simulator X on Windows 10 maybe you should try running it in compatibility mode for Windows 8 or another previous Windows version.

To do that, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Find the Flight Simulator X shortcut and right-click it.
  2. Choose Properties and go to the Compatibility tab.
  3. Check Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose Windows 8 from the menu.
  4. Click Apply and OK to save the changes and try running the game again.

5. Verify the integrity of game cache on Steam

This solution applies to the Steam version of Flight Simulator X, and if you have the Steam version installed follow these instructions:

  1. Start Steam and log in to your account.
  2. Go to the Library tab and locate Flight Simulator X.
  3. Right-click it and choose Properties.flight simulator Steam-Libraries-Games-Properties
  4. When the Properties window opens go to Local tab.
  5. Click the Verify integrity of game cache button.flight simulator X Steam-Game-Properties-Local-Files-Verify-Integrity-of-game-files
  6. Wait for the process to complete.
  7. When Steam finishes verification of your game files, restart Steam and try running Flight Simulator X again.

6. Reinstall DirectX 9

Microsoft Flight Simulator X requires DirectX 9 in order to run, so make sure that you download it and install it from here.


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7. Run Flight Simulator X in borderless window mode

Some users claim that running Flight Simulator X in window mode fixes certain video issues, so let’s try running the game in windowed mode.

To switch to windowed mode just press Alt + Enter while running the game and it should switch to borderless window mode.


8. Reinstall Flight Simulator X on Steam

  1. Sign out of Steam.
  2. Go to the C: > Program files (x86) > Steam > SteamApps > Common > FSX and delete the FSX folder, or just move it to a different location.
  3. Now open Steam and go to your Library.
  4. Find Flight Simulator X and right click it.
  5. Choose Properties and go to the Local tab.
  6. Click Verify Integrity of Games Cache. This will redownload and reinstall Flight Simulator X on your computer.

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9. Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages

Flight Simulator X requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages in order to run properly, and fortunately for you, these packages are located in the game installation directory.

We have to mention that you need to install these packages on the same hard drive where Flight Simulator X is installed.

For example, if you have Steam installed on C hard drive, install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages on C drive as well.

To install Visual C packages do the following:

  1. Go to [your drive]SteamsteamappscommonFSX_CommonRedistvcredist2005 folder.
  2. You should find vcredist_x64.exe and vcredist_x86.exe files in it.
  3. Install both files.
  4. After you have installed both files restart your computer and try running Flight Simulator X again.

If this doesn’t work for you, try downloading Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages from here and here. After you’ve installed them both restart your computer and try running the game again.


10. Check Preview DirectX 10

If you are experiencing graphical issues such as buggy aircraft preview and black screen issues you might want to try the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Display Settings.
  2. Choose Customize > Graphic Tab and check Preview DirectX 10.
  3. Now try running the game again.

11. Move uiautomationcore.dll to the game directory folder

  1. Download uiautomationcore.dll
  2. Open the .zip file and move the uiautomationcore.dll to the game installation directory. If you’re not using Steam version of the game the default directory should be /program files (x86)/Microsoft Games/Flight Simulator X/.

That would be all. We hope this article helped you solve your problems with Flight Simulator X in Windows 10.

Tell us in the comments section below what other issues you encountered and what other solutions worked for you.


FAQ: Microsoft Flight Simulator

  • Can I run Flight Simulator X?

If your system has at least the minimum system requirements, you should be able to run Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, 2.0 GHz CPU or higher, 2 GB RAM,  256 MB video RAM or higher, Shader Model 1.1 or higher, DirectX 9.0c or higher, 30 GB storage space.

  • Does FSX Steam work on Windows 10?

Yes, you should be able to run Microsoft Flight Simulator X on Windows 10 systems. If you encounter issues, this guide will help you solve them.

  • How do you install Flight Simulator X?

Download and Install Steam, search for Flight Simulator X, purchase and download the game. If you can’t download the game, then your Steam client might have a problem. This guide will walk you through fixing it.

  • How do I fix Microsoft Flight Simulator X?

Microsoft Flight Simulator X can encounter some issues, but this guide will help you fix most of them.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.