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  1. I was flying from Naples FL to Naval Air Station Pensacola FL after most of hurricane Sally passed through and got into winds in excess of 45 MPH and had to divert to KLRF. I was flying King Air with live weather. Wind speeds were estimated by a weather app at the time of flight. VERY bumpy ride but no aircraft stress to terminate MSFS.

  2. Follow these guidelines and it will save you days of frustration and trial and error:

    If you encounter issues trying to run Microsoft Flight Simulator on your PC, please use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

    Before doing anything else:

    If the problem persists:

    Make sure the Xbox Services are running automatically.

    • In the Windows search bar, type "Services"
    • Select "Services"
    • Scroll down to the bottom. Double-click on each entry for Xbox and make sure none of those services are disabled or set to manual. Set everything to "Automatic".

    Before attempting the troubleshooting steps below, we invite you to investigate the likely cause of the crash.

    Start your PC in Safe Mode with Networking

    This step will help identify if the issues lie with the hardware or software: if the sim doesn't start in safe mode, it is likely a problem with the hardware (for instance: corrupted drivers or overclocking) but if the sim runs normally in safe mode, it's likely a problem with a program (antivirus/firewalls, conflicts).


    Please refer to this article from the Microsoft help-center for detailed instructions:

    Start your PC in safe mode in Windows 10

    Once you have found the likely cause of the problem, proceed with the troubleshooting.

    Make sure your system meets the minimum requirements
    Please ensure that your Windows 10 version is 1909 or higher and that your system is fully updated.

    • Make sure Windows is up to date:
      • Select Start , then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates.
      • For more information/troubleshooting, see: Update Windows 10
    • Make sure all the updates in the Microsoft Store are installed, especially Gaming Services and Xbox Companion app.
      • In the top right-hand side corner of the Microsoft Store, click on the Arrow icon or the three-dot menu > Downloads and updates. Then click "Get updates" > Update all


    Note: You can turn on automatic updates in the Microsoft Store to make sure you won't miss future updates.

    • Select the Start screen, then select Microsoft Store
    • In Microsoft Store at the upper right, select the account menu (the three dots) and then select Settings.
    • Under App updates, set Update apps automatically to On.

    Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ programs

    • Press the Windows Key + R, type "appwiz.cpl" and then press Enter.
    • Locate the Microsoft Visual C++ programs in the list.
    • Select each entry and then click Uninstall.
    • Download a fresh copy of Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime from here and then install it.

    Make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card and updates for windows
    Outdated or corrupted drivers can cause crashes at start-up. We recommend that when trying this step that you completely remove your old drivers before updating to the latest versions. To remove your old drivers and then update to the latest:

    1. Press the Windows Key
    2. Type Add or Remove Program
    3. Scroll down the list and find your graphics driver
    4. Click the driver once and select uninstall. Confirm this by clicking Uninstall again.
    5. Once complete reboot Windows
    6. Download the latest drivers from here:
    7. Install to the latest driver and then reboot your PC again

    Use Game Mode
    When you’re playing games on Windows 10, Game Mode makes gaming your PC’s top priority, so you get the best possible game performance. For more info, see Use Game Mode while gaming on your Windows 10 device.

    Increase the Virtual Memory (Pagefile) on your system

    • In the Windows Seach bar, type Advanced system settings and open the Control Panel.
    • Make sure you're on the Advanced tab.
    • Click the Settings button from under the Performance
    • On the Performance Options box, go to the Advanced tab > Performance
    • Click on Settings
    • On the Virtual Memory box, uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
    • Click to select the drive on which Windows 10 is installed (by default C:)
    • Click to select the Custom size radio button.
    • In the now-enabled fields, type the minimum and maximum size of the Pagefile in megabytes (MB) according to the physical memory present in your computer.
    • Click Set and then click OK.
    • Restart your computer.

    Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files


    Disconnect all other USB devices from the PC before launching the game.
    Some USB devices could be mistakenly detected as a controller.

    Perform a clean boot in Windows
    Disable ALL background software or applications including, Antivirus, Firewalls, and any FPS boosting or monitoring software.
    Alternatively, you can find the problematic service or application by performing a clean boot. You'll find detailed instructions here:


    Check that your antivirus/anti-malware is not causing a conflict with the game
    Sample of Virus & malware checkers that have been known to prevent games and apps from launching:

    • Malwarebytes
    • Trend Micro Maximum Security
    • Comodo Antivirus
    • Sophos
    • Emisoft Anti-Malware
    • Avira
    • Avast

    If your antivirus or anti-malware falsely flagged Microsoft Flight Simulator, remove the file from quarantine then whitelist Microsoft Flight Simulator. To do so follow the instructions from your manufacturer.

    Check that a 3rd party software is not causing a conflict with the game.
    Sample of 3rd party software that may prevent games and apps from running:

    • Nahimic Audio
    • Logitech G Hub
    • MSI Afterburner / Riva Tuner Statistics Server
    • EVGA Precision
    • OBS
    • Xsplit
    • Discord
    • MacType
    • Warsaw Banking App
    • Wallpaper Engine
    • A-Volute Sound studio
    • Malwarebytes
    • Sonic Audio

    Please make sure you either disable or uninstall to ensure successful gameplay.

    Turn off any extra Power monitoring software
    Sample of power monitoring software that may cause issues at start-up:

    • MSI DragonCenter
    • RyzenMaster
    • Gamefast from Dells Killer Control Center
    • Any software installed that may be adjusting or monitoring power settings

    Then, make sure that your Power settings are correct

    • Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options
    • Change to High Performance
    • Perform a Full Shutdown (not restart).

    Run Flight Simulator with administrator rights

    • Right-click the desktop icon of the application (or the executable file in the installation directory) and select Properties.
    • Select the Compatibility tab.
    • Click Change settings for all users.
    • Under Privilege Level, check Run this program as administrator.
    • Click Apply.

    Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator again.

    If the issue persists, please send us your DxDiag and Msinfo.

    To create Dxdiag, simply follow these steps:

    • In Windows, select Start and enter “dxdiag” into the search box on the taskbar. Select dxdiag from the results.
    • In the tool, click on 'Save All Information' and wait a few seconds
    • Save the file as a 'Text File (*.txt)' on your desktop
    • Attach the file to your response.

    To provide a Microsoft System Information MSINFO32, do the following steps below:

    • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run command window
    • Type msinfo32 in the dialogue box and click OK or press Enter.
    • This will open the System Information, click File and select Export
    • Name your file as “msinfo32.txt” and make sure it is saved as a text file (.txt).
    • Save the file to your Desktop.

    Once these files we'll be received by our team, we'll investigate further.

  3. I never leave an aircraft at an airport, I always go from there to my next point. Actually depends upon how much of my "retirement" time I have spent that day (or evening) on MSFS. So routes are determined on the "fly" and depends upon what airports I have not been at within a 180 degree view (I don't like to double back). Because I have a low-end system I am primarily using the C172S and fly either VFR/IFR with or without AP. I would like to use the King Air more but the AP frustration makes it difficult. If I use the King Air I keep next arrival point within 300-400 miles and primarily VFR. BUT when the patches arrive for AP I will then upgrade my system and do more with the larger aircraft (particularly the King Air).


  4. I agree with your comments. I have a low end system, yes I get a warning on startup that my system does not meet minimum standards. I still find MSFS amazing compared to the effort (and dollars) I had to put into FSX and do not get the visual enjoyment that I get from MSFS.I do have problems (CTD, startup, autopilot, etc) but I expect that with my system and the first release of MSFS. Over time I am sure most of the issues will be resolved. I am enjoying it in spite of problems. MS thanks for the release at this time.

  5. My issue with "Press any key to start" was solved when I made sure I had the Xbox Identity Provider. You can get it from the Store. It does not seem to go through a formal install but once I downloaded my startup works. I also earlier had to make sure that the "3" Xbox services were there (since I deleted them long ago).

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  6. 35 minutes ago, RaptyrOne said:

    One thing I can add: you do NOT need to install the CH Control Manager Software. I have a clean installation of Windows 10 and I set up the CH Yoke, Peddals and Quadrant without ever having installed that. I suggest you uninstall it if you have it, unless you have a very specific reason for needing it.

    I initially tried by installing the CH Control Manager and got the dreaded "blue screen of death", which meant a safe boot and uninstall it before I could get a clean boot. My Windows 10 has all the latest updates as well.

  7. 9 hours ago, Matthew Kane said:

    I sorted it out now, so if anyone else has this problem here is what I did. Run Windows Update a few times and update everything, I was also missing XBOX Gaming Services and a few other XBOX things because somewhere along the way I removed those apps as I wasn't using them. Everything is updated now.

    When MSFS was looking for those XBOX Services it went into the 'Press Any Key to Start' circle

    Thanks Matt, your guidance was very helpful. I am in Texas and running 240 Mbps and 1 1/2 hours into download and about 50% done.

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  8. I setup a flight plan to fly IFR (VOR-VOR) from KSAV to KCLT using the CaptSim C130 autopilot. I get about 2/3 of the way there and ATC starts giving me instructions that turn me around 180 degrees!! I have tried this several times and got the same results.I have then cancelled IFR and flown VFR with no problems into KCLT, same flight plan.

    Has anyone else experienced this issue? Maybe it is just me.....


  9. Resetdll did not work for me, so....I installed using compatibility mode (Vista), uninstalled FSX only (not Acceleration), reinstalled FSX (Disk 1 & 2 only), prompted for license key and tested that it worked.

    I then installed Acceleration, it did not ask for license key.

    I did the following Regedit, rebooted, restarted FSX and everything worked fine.

    This was after a factory reset "uninstalled" most of my programs (apps).

    Okay. It seems like this did the trick:

    1. run regedit (Windowskey +R)
    2. Expand the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\CONTRO L\CLASS\{4D36E967-
    3. After you find the folder, double-click Upperfilters on the right side.
    4. Change the value from 0 to PartMgr and/or remove any other settings and then click OK.
    5. Close Registry Editor
    6. Start FSX/Accel and you should get the registration wizard.

    The next time you launch FSX, you'll have the prompt to enter the ACCELERATION product key.

    Closed/Opened a few times, and all seems well.



    According to is Wiki - https://en.wikipedia...i/Harrison_Ford, he keeps his aircraft at Santa Monica which is not too far from John Wayne. I would think he is familiar with the airports in the region and this is not his first landing at John Wayne.


    He has flown in/out of both of those airfields more than once, he knows (or should know) the difference between the smaller runway and a taxiway. :rolleyes: :Doh:

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  11. Not true, if he flies in his personal 757 as president the call sign is Executive One


    If his family flies in the 757 without him the call sign is Executive One Foxtrot


    This applies to any private owned aircraft or commercial airline. Last time it happened was when Nixon flew United Airlines as president after a string of aviation accidents to try and restore public confidence in the airlines. When he flew United the call sign was Executive One while he was on board


    Simple as this:


    Air Force Aircraft (regardless of type) - Air Force One

    Marine Aircraft (regardless of type) - Marine One

    Private Aircraft (regardless of type) - Executive One

    Interesting facts, which made me want to look further. Interesting article "Air Force One-Point-Three" at http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/air-force-one-point-three/385037/

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  12. I miss the following.


    1. People taking pride in their appearance and dressing up for work. Once casual Friday took over in the late 90's and early 2000's, it's been all downhill from there.


    2. Miss people being more polite to each other.


    3. Miss the fact that people didn't feel so entitled to have anything they wanted without having to work for it.


    4. Manners


    5. I miss the fact that when things didn't go people's way they usually found a way to deal with it and move on. Just look at the crying and melt downs people are having his week when their chosen candidate didn't get elected.


    6. Men wanted to be masculine and women wanted to be feminine. Now people want to be identified as all types of genders or gender neutral. New York City has a list of 31 different gender types. What ever happened to being either being a man or a women. Guess I'm just old fashioned.


    7. I miss people saying please and thanks.


    8. I miss the fact that people used to drive without having their eyes looking at their smart phone instead of looking at the road. Before cell phones became really mainstream I used to ride motorcycles and also cycle on public streets, with the only fear of being hit by a drunk driver. Now your more likely to be hit by someone texting that being drunk. I don't motorcycle or cycle anylonger.

    :Applause: :Applause: :drinks:

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