Microsoft Flight Simulator Errors - Crash to Desktop, Checking for updates, Stuck at Downloading

Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released yesterday, and droves of people are already playing it. However, a large number of players who’ve bought the game are having trouble with it. Some can’t even download it, others experience constant crashes, freezing and other performance issues. If you’re experiencing any problems with the game yourself, our Microsoft Flight Simulator errors guide will show you a list of the most common issues and how to fix or avoid them when possible.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Errors – Crashes, Stuck at Downloading

Please wait – stuck at 3.68 GB remaining

A lot of people are getting stuck at this point during the installation. This is when the launcher spends a fair amount of time unpacking some big archives (around 50 GB), so give it an hour before declaring it an issue. If it still doesn’t progress after an hour, your best bet would be to close the launcher then go to C:\Users\your_username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\Official. There will be a Steam or OneStore folder there, depending on where you bought the game. Open it and delete everything inside that isn’t a folder. Deleting all the files will make the launcher redownload them after you restart it, which should hopefully solve the problem.

Microsoft Flight Simulator slow download

The servers are experiencing heavy load – there’s more people trying to play than the developers expected, which is why download speeds are slow, along with everything else in the game that depends on Microsoft’s servers. There’s no helping it – just be patient.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Stuck on checking for updates

Another issue caused by too many players trying to download the game at the same time. The only fix that we found on a huge reddit Bugs & Issues MEGATHREAD is to quite and restart the game.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 crash to desktop

A number of folks have been complaining about crashes. There are no rules – they can happen at any time, during loading screens or mid-flight. While there isn’t one surefire solution, here’s some advice from the MFS2020 support site:

  • If you’re using the Microsoft Store version, make sure the store application is updated
  • Try running the game as an admininstrator
  • You can aslo reset your copy of the game
  • If the game is on Steam, verify the integrity of the local files
  • Try using Windows 10’s game mode
  • Update your GPU drivers
  • Increase the amount of pagefile/virtual memory
  • Reinstall the game

We’ll keep monitoring the situation, and if anything new crops up, we’ll update the guide. If we’re missing an issue you’re experiencing, feel free to leave a comment and let us know.