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All versions - Why am I redownloading all the packages after each update?

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The first time you set up the game you chose the installation path. This is the folder that the launcher is scanning every time there is an update. If the launcher finds that this folder is empty or missing (does not exist anymore), it will re-download the missing packages. If the launcher finds files that shouldn't be in that folder, it will delete them (this is usually why using the Verify integrity files feature on Steam will delete the non-mandatory packages stored in that folder alongside the mandatory packages).

 

To stop redownloading the packages you must update the UserCfg.opt file to point the launcher to the correct folder. 

 

MICROSOFT STORE VERSION 

1. Close Microsoft Flight Simulator

2. Navigate to the Local Cache folder that is located by default at the following location:

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

Note: If you had selected a different folder as the packages installation folder, navigate to that folder instead.

3. Open the UserCFG.opt file with Notepad

User_Cfg.PNG

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page

5. Delete the last line of the document ("InstalledPackagesPath").

By default that line looks like this:  

InstalledPackagesPath "C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages"

6. Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator. You'll be asked to choose the installation path.

7. Click "Browse" and select the folder where your packages are now installed.

 

STEAM VERSION

1. Close Microsoft Flight Simulator

2. Navigate to the Microsoft Flight Simulator folder that is located by default at the following location:

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

Note: If you had selected a different folder as the packages installation folder, navigate to that folder instead.

3. Open the UserCFG.opt file with Notepad

User_CFG_Steam.png

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page

5. Delete the last line of the document ("InstalledPackagesPath").

By default that line looks like this:

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

6. Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator. You'll be asked to choose the installation path.

7. Click "Browse" and select the folder where your packages are now installed.

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