Flight Simulator’s First Major Update is Live, But Microsoft Suggests You Reinstall the Game

The very first major update for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is now live, and just like most games, the patch should automatically install when you launch the game. However, the developers highly recommend that you should do a clean reinstall of the game, especially for those players who previously had a hard time installing the game initially.

If you wish to do a clean reinstall, you can follow the instructions for Steam here and for Microsoft and Game Pass here. That being said, you’ll want to make sure that all the files for Flight Simulator have been successfully deleted, though, especially if you downloaded the game through the Microsoft Store.

This is because the clean reinstalling process will not remove all the necessary files if you installed the game outside of the default location. Go ahead and manually search for anything under “Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe” or “MicrosoftFlightSimulator” and make sure that you delete all the files there.



With that being said, there really isn’t anything major we can see in the patch notes, which we will list down below:


  • The title will no longer crash when different input devices/peripherals are disconnected
  • The title will no longer crash when the TBM 930 package is deleted


  • The install process will no longer be blocked after a partial decompression of a package
  • The install process will no longer be blocked when a local user account includes non-ASCII characters
  • The install process will no longer be blocked after a failed connection to servers
  • The install process will no longer display an empty onboarding screen under certain conditions
  • The title will download a critical missing/deleted package to access the main menu even if the save data preference is set to offline (when an internet connection is available)


  • The title will no longer automatically download packages that have been deleted through the content manager
  • The content manager will no longer get stuck in an infinite loading state when checked offline
  • The Creator name of the packages should now be properly updated


  • Significant FPS drop when using Simconnect should no longer affect the experience


  • The performance of the title has been improved when the Display name plate option is set to active


  • The correct currency is now properly updated in the marketplace.

However, despite the fact that there aren’t a lot of major fixes in this patch, it’s definitely still worth updating.

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