Flight Simulator X has been running fine for 6 months (new rig), but all of the sudden after selecting aircraft, location, time, etc. when you select FLY NOW the monitor screen goes black. The opening screen music can still be heard. Only the mouse cursor shows. Seems to be hung in the opening screen and not launching when FLY NOW clicked. I can't even access the task manager. I can only select PC shut down or restart.
If I check Preview DirectX 10 all seems to work. I've already uninstalled and reinstalled FSX with exact same results. Also updated video driver.
This issue seemed to happen after I turned on my PC a few days ago and a message appeared saying a restart was required after some sort of update.
Any direction at all will be appreciated.
Windows 10 Pro
Alienware Aurora R8
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz, 3600 Mhz, 8 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
32.0 GB (RAM)