Windows 10 - FSX: SE Advice
Posted by on 07 September 2016 01:55 PM

Windows 10 is a brand new operating system, and like all new OS', a few problems are likely to pop up. Many graphic and sound card makers are yet to release driver updates which are compatible with Windows 10. Things will get better, however it will take a little time. We understand that this doesn’t stop the situation being any less frustrating for those of you experiencing unexpected problems.

We have compiled a list of possible fixes for those of you having issues running FSX: Steam Edition on Windows 10. While these fixes may solve the majority of problems, we cannot guarantee they will work for everyone.

  1. The first thing we would advise is making sure all of your drivers are up to date. Many modern drivers include an update feature which will check for a new release for you, however it is always worth checking on the websites of people like Intel, NVidia and alike to see what advice they are offering for using Windows 10 with their hardware.

        For more information on graphic card driver compatibility with Windows 10, we advise you to contact your graphic card manufacturer for the latest news and updates.

  1. Next, check your Windows settings. In theory, everything should have been carried over from your previous version of Windows, however it is not always the case. Try checking all of the obvious things like your display resolution, mouse, etc.
  1. Now is also a good time to check what else is running on your PC. Even if you have not started to run anything, Windows may launch certain programs upon start up. Please refer to the Windows help files for more information about enabling and disabling programs when Windows starts. The fewer programs you have running, the more memory will be available for Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to use.
  1. Turn on the Anti-Aliasing option in FSX:SE. To do this, follow these instructions:

    • Go to the Settings tab on the FSX: Steam Edition home page
    • Click on the “Customize” option at the bottom
    • Click to check the “Anti-aliasing” option (see image below)

  1. Try running FSX: Steam Edition with or without Windows 8 compatibility mode. To do this, right click on the game’s desktop icon, select “properties”, then look under the compatibility tab. Either way, you will still need to run FSX: Steam Edition as an administrator.

        You can also find the Windows compatibility trouble-shooter in the control panel. Click on it and follow the instructions on screen.

  1. Make sure all of your files are verified through Steam. This enables Steam to compare all the Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition files installed on your computer against the ones it believes you should have. If any are missing, Steam will update and download them. In order to complete this procedure, you will need to be connected to the Internet.

        Instructions for verifying your game files through Steam are as follows:

  • Right click on Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition in your Steam library
  • Click on Properties > Local files from the menu
  • Click on Verify integrity of game cache from the Local file options
  • Wait for the progress bar to finish verifying your files. Additional files may download
  • Restart Steam and the game

     7. Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has released a number of updates to the operating system. We advise that you download and install these, as many players are reporting improvements in running FSX: SE after having done so. For the latest information regarding Windows 10 updates and information about how to install these please click here.

  1. Re-install the latest version of DirectX after installing Windows 10. To do this, click here and follow the instructions. Furthermore, please either tick or untick 'preview DirectX 10' in your FSX graphics settings. This is vital to increasing the chances of compatibility on this operating system and has been known to fix most issues.
  1. Try running FSX: Steam Edition in borderless windows/windowed mode by toggling ALT+Enter in- game.
  1. Reinstall FSX: Steam Edition. Steam provides the ability to reinstall the game to the default system. To perform this reinstallation, you should perform the following steps:
  • Sign out of Steam
  • Backup the disk containing your FSX installation
  • Delete the contents of “<drive:>\Program files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common\FSX\” and all subdirectories
  • Log on to Steam
  • Select “View Games Library” from the “Games” menu
  • Right-click the Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition icon and select “Properties”
  • Select the “Local Files” tab and click on “Verify Integrity of Games Cache”

        We have done extensive testing with all add-ons offered in our Steam store, and can confirm they are all Windows 10 compatible. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the compatibility of add-ons not offered via our Steam store. We would highly advise installing just the core simulator, then installing your add-ons one at a time, checking for any possible compatibility issues.

  1. Try reinstalling the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages. FSX: SE requires the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages in order to run. Make sure that you install them to the same hard drive that you have FSX: SE installed on, however you do not have to use the same directory: 
  • Locate the following directory on your PC:

        [your drive]\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX\_CommonRedist\vcredist\2005

  • In the directory you should find two files called vcredist_x64.exe and vcredist_x86.exe. Run each file one at a time and follow any on screen instructions.
  • Restart your PC and try loading FSX: SE again.
  • If the game still won’t start, download the latest redist files from this location:
  • Once downloaded run both of the files from your PC and follow any on screen instructions.
  • Restart your PC and try loading FSX: SE again.

If FSX: Steam Edition is still not working, you may wish to revert to a previous version of Windows. Please note this could adversely affect other programs on your PC. Furthermore, you can attempt to re-install Windows 10. This can install files in a different manner to updating from a previous version.

If you find a solution that works for you or think that you have found the cause of an issue please share it on our Steam forum so your fellow players can learn from your experiences.