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Steam - How to repair, remove and do a clean install of Microsoft Flight Simulator

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HOW TO REPAIR THE INSTALLATION - VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES 

  1. Launch Steam
  2. From the Library section, right-click on Microsoft Flight Simulator and select PropertiesSteam_Properties.png
  3. Select the Local files tab then click the Verify integrity of game files... button.Steam_integrity.png

4. Steam will scan the installation and download missing files or remove outdated or corrupted files - this process may take several minutes. 

 

Warning: By default, the launcher and the Core Content Packages are installed at the following location.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\MicrosoftFlightSimulator

If during the Packages installation process you have selected the following folder as the Packages Installation folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\MicrosoftFlightSimulator\Packages

The Packages will be wiped out and you will need to redownload the Packages the next time you launch Microsoft Flight Simulator. See also: Why am I redownloading all the packages after each update?

 

HOW TO DO A CLEAN INSTALL


REMOVE MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

  1. Right-click on Microsoft Flight Simulator then select Manage and click on Uninstall GameUninstall.png
  2. Click on Uninstall to confirm your choiceConfirm_uninstall.PNG


Warning: Once uninstalled, make sure that all the packages (including Community packages) are deleted.
The default package installation location is:

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages

If you have installed the packages in a custom folder, search for that folder instead. Move any leftover files or folders to the Recycle Bin.

 

RE-INSTALL MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

  1. Go to "Library"
  2. Locate the game on the left-hand bar and press the "Install" button to install the launcher. 
  3. Once the launcher is installed, click on Play.
  4. Sign in to Microsoft Flight Simulator with the Microsoft Account you want to associate with Microsoft flight Simulator. See our knowledge base article for details: Gamertag & Microsoft Account FAQ
  5. On the "Welcome, set your experience" screen, select the Packages installation Path.
  6. Click Update to start downloading the packages.
 

By default, Steam will install the launcher at the following location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\MicrosoftFlightSimulator

By default the packages will install at the following location:

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages

To install the packages at the location of your choice, check our guide All versions - Can I choose or change the installation path? (Install on the D: drive instead of the C: drive for instance)

 

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