Microsoft goes global with its latest entry in the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise, coming off an over decade-long hiatus with a groundbreaking leap in virtual aviation. With every inch of the real world, powered with satellite imagery and artificial intelligence, the title carries a unique premise met with critical acclaim.
While Microsoft Flight Simulator demonstrates an impressive leap, its release hasn't passed without issues. The debut on Windows PCs saw issues impacting downloads and content delivery, making it hard for some to get started following launch day. Microsoft has been eager to address many, already rolling out multiple fixes behind the scenes, but continues to track prevalent bugs and issues. We've wrapped up the most common, alongside any responses from the Microsoft Flight Simulator development team, so far.
Top Microsoft Flight Simulator bugs, issues, and workarounds
With Microsoft Flight Simulator now available, some players may experience unexpected hiccups while trying to play. While the first post-launch update will be detailed on August 27, we've compiled the most common bugs and issues affecting the game right now.
Slow download speeds
The primary issue facing new Microsoft Flight Simulator installations hinges on its content system, which downloads most game data outside from the Microsoft Store and Steam. While the initial download weighs in just a few GB, opening the title presents a "Content Manager" featuring another 100GB to install on your PC. While expected with a hefty 150GB storage requirement, slow download speeds have caused havoc.
Microsoft has acknowledged reports, since suggesting users attempt a workaround tool using Command Prompt. Following a reboot, many have been improved speeds.
- Type Command in the Windows search bar. Look for Command Prompt.
- Select Run as administrator in the side-menu.
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
- Press Enter.
- Restart your PC.
After completing the steps, restart Microsoft Flight Simulator and continue your download.
Further steps on fixing your Microsoft Flight Simulator download speeds can be found through our dedicated troubleshooting guide.
Endless blue loading bar on startup
Microsoft has also acknowledged reports of users facing an infinite loading bar when first entering Microsoft Flight Simulator. While a fix is yet to drop, it recommends users restart the game or start the title as an administrator, which sometimes alleviates the holdup.
'Please insert disc' error message (Fixed)
Some Microsoft Flight Simulator players encountered an error message that prompted users to insert their disc, despite purchasing a physical version of a game. The issue has since been fixed.
Deluxe, Premium Deluxe content missing (Fixed)
Those who purchased the Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe and Premium Deluxe editions sometimes failed to access exclusive planes and airports bundled with their respective versions via Steam. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue while providing the following workaround.
- Close Microsoft Flight Simulator.
- Log out from Steam.
- Relaunch Steam.
- Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator.
- Visit the in-game marketplace. The Deluxe or Premium Deluxe content will be available for download.
Upon downloading your owned content, your bonus planes and airports should be accessible.
Other Microsoft Flight Simulator issues
Developer, Asobo Studio, has also provided an overview of other currently known bugs for Microsoft Flight Simulator at launch. These issues come present with the release version, available from August 18.
Black screen or stuck on 'Press any key' screen
Stuck on 'Please wait' screen
Microsoft Flight Simualtor download stuck on 'pc-fs-base-bigfiles-0.1.59.fspackage'
Can't open Microsoft Flight Simulator with Windows Insider builds
This is an error where the launcher will produce an error code when trying to begin installation. We are working with the Windows Store team to resolve this issue.
Workaround: Try installing the Xbox App to launch the sim instead.
- In the Windows Search Bar, type in Microsoft Store and click to open the Microsoft Store App
- Search 'Xbox' in the search bar of the store and click on the Xbox (Beta) App.
- Install this app, sign in, and try to launch Microsoft Flight Simulator.
We'll keep updating this list over the following days, as new bugs surface, and fixes arrive. Experiencing an issue not included on this list? Let us know in the comments section below.
The Legend Returns
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has taken to the skies, promising a cloud-powered globe, with authenticity on an unmatched scale. It's out now exclusively on Windows PCs, offered in three flavors.
One bug that I believe many of us are finding is that in the Premium Deluxe edition the Air Traffic Control option doesn't work. For many of us, the option to start ATC is greyed out. For others, there have been issues with hearing the voice ATC.
ok so where are the multitude of bugs to do with actually flying the planes, all you have listed here are download and content delivery bugs.
Despite the update, my download still sticks very early on -- on the basic instructions file.
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