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Microsoft Store version - How to repair or remove and do a clean install of Microsoft Flight Simulator

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TIP If the issue with your installation appeared after moving the packages to a different folder, update the UserCfg.opt file instead of doing a clean install. See instructions: Can I choose or change the installation path? (Install on the D: drive instead of the C: drive for instance)

 

HOW TO REPAIR OR RESET MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

1. In the search box on the taskbar, type Microsoft Flight Simulator

2. Click on App Settings.

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3. On the page that opens, select Repair if it's available. If it isn't available or doesn't fix the problem, select Reset.

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HOW TO DO A CLEAN INSTALL


UNINSTALL MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

1. In the search box on the taskbar, type Microsoft Flight Simulator

2. Click on Uninstall.

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3. Click on Uninstall to remove the sim

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4. Once uninstalled, check to make sure all files are deleted. The default installation location is:

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe

If you have installed the packages in a custom folder, search for that folder instead.

 

5. Move any leftover files or folders to the Recycle Bin

 

REINSTALL MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

You can reinstall the sim via the Microsoft Store app or via the Xbox app.

 

Via the Microsoft Store

  1. Bring up the Microsoft Store app
    • By clicking on the Store icon in your taskbar
    • By Pressing the WINDOW icon key on your keyboard then typing "Store" > Open
  2. Click on the Library iconLibraryIcon.png
  3. Click on the filter "Games"FilterGames.png
  4. In the list, select Microsoft Flight Simulator then click Install.
  5. Once the app is installed, click on Open to launch Microsoft Flight Simulator.OpenButton.png
  6. Sign in to Microsoft Flight Simulator with the Microsoft Account (Xbox Live account) used to purchase the game.
  7. Using the checkboxes, select the additional content you want to download and install (You can also choose to install your additional content later once the base sim is installed.) Screenshot_2022-03-23_105956.png
  8. Click Update to start downloading the packages.

 

Via the Xbox app

  1. Download the Game Pass for PC app from this link: Xbox Game Pass for PCDownloadtheapp.PNG
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account to access your games, subscriptions, and Xbox profile.
    • Open the Xbox app.
    • Select Profile & settings in the upper right corner and then select Sign in.
    • Windows will automatically find your account info. If you don’t recognize the Xbox profile shown, select Switch accounts and then enter a different Microsoft account.

     

    If you aren’t sure what the email address is for your Microsoft account, see:
    If you aren’t sure what the password is for your Microsoft account, see:
    If you’re having trouble finding the PC gaming content associated with your Windows device, see:
  3. Select the Game Pass tab, and then choose Microsoft Flight Simulator from the catalog or type it in the search box.
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  4. On the game’s page, select Install and then follow the prompts.Xbox_app_Search.png
  5. Select Microsoft Flight Simulator from the search results
  6. Select install the game and follow the instructions
  7. Once the app is installed, click on Play to launch Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  8. Sign in with your Microsoft account 
  9. Using the checkboxes, select the additional content you want to download and install (You can also choose to install your additional content later once the base sim is installed.) Screenshot_2022-03-23_105956.png
  10. Click Update to start downloading the packages.
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