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Microsoft Flight

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Microsoft Flight
Microsoft Flight cover
Microsoft Studios Vancouver
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows February 29, 2012
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Relaxed
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Simulation, Open world, Vehicle simulator
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Realistic
Series Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight on MobyGames
Microsoft Flight on Wikipedia
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1982
Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 2.0 1983
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Mac) 1986
Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 3.0 1988
Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 4.0 1989
Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 5.0 1993
Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 5.1 1995
Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95 1996
Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 1997
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 1999
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 2001
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 2003
Microsoft Flight Simulator X 2006
Microsoft Flight 2012
Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) 2020
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 2024


For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Microsoft Flight is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person simulation, open world and vehicle simulator game in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series.

The game stopped receiving updates as of July 2012.[1] The game was removed from Steam store and the Steam version is no longer supported,[2] see Launching the game through Steam.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
AVSIM sub-forum
FlightSim sub-forum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website (unavailable)
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The link works, but installation fails due to a network error.
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Steam (unavailable)
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All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename intro file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open CoreContent.pak with an archive program like 7-Zip.
  3. Go into UI\Video\Intro
  4. Delete or rename mgs.usm.
  5. Close the program.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Flight
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203850/pfx/[Note 2]
Flight.CFG contains general settings.
Cameras.CFG contains camera-specific settings.
Input settings are stored in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Flight\Players\<user-id>\Career\Controls\standard.XML.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Flight\Players
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203850/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions above 1280x720.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be changed in game using zoom commands.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Integrated into general graphics settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Integrated into general graphics settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Set in Options, Graphics.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Remapping keys for the Xbox 360 Controller.
Remapping keys for the Xbox 360 Controller.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, UI Sounds, Sound Effects and Dialog.
Surround sound
Enabled by default. Set in Options, Gameplay.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always mutes; game pause can be configured in Options, Gameplay.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Requires a Microsoft account.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074
UDP 88, 3074
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed

Launching the game through Steam

The Steam version is no longer supported.[2] You can either install the Games for Windows Marketplace version in order to play, or use a Steam URL to play.

Install Games for Windows Marketplace version[citation needed]
  1. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace version of Microsoft Flight.
  2. Use the same Microsoft account in-game to continue with existing saves, achievements and DLC.
  3. This version of the game will now work; the Steam version can be deleted.
Install the game through Steam[citation needed]

Although the Steam version is no longer supported, the game can still be downloaded and played through Steam for the existing owners. If any DLC for the game was activated on Steam in the past, the entry should appear in the library, allowing to install the game. However, if the game has not been purchased, it can still be installed using Steam's install URL:

  1. Launch Steam
  2. Open the steam://install/203850 URL in a browser
  3. That should open a new Steam window with install option, and you should be able to install the game


Upon first launch, the game will prompt a serial key obtained from Games for Windows Marketplace, so launching the game through Steam may be possible only for existing players.[citation needed]

Error 800b0100 on startup

Some users have reported an issue revolving around the Games for Windows Live client packaged with the game. Upon startup they are presented with the following error:

Games for Windows - LIVE filed to reinitialize.
Another Games for Windows-LIVE title may be running, or your product installation may be corrupted.
You may need to repair or install Microsoft Flight.(800b0100)

There is a simple way to fix it: You should uninstall Games for Windows - LIVE through Uninstall or change a program application, then download an install it again.

Deleteing Catroot Files[4]

Some users have reported success by following the steps provided on the Microsoft support website. The catroot method often produces the best results for affected users. It can be conducted as follows:

  1. Click Start, search Run, launch and type:
    • %WINDIR%\system32\CatRoot\{127D0A1D-4EF2-11D1-8608-00C04FC295EE}
  2. Locate all tmp*.cat files and delete them. If no files are found advance to the next step.
  3. Click Start, search Run, launch and type:
    • %WINDIR%\System32\catroot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}
  4. Locate all kb*.cat files and delete them all. If no files are found advance to the next step.
  5. Click Start, search Run, launch and type:
    • %WINDIR%\System32\catroot\{127D0A1D-4EF2-11D1-8608-00C04FC295EE}
  6. Locate all kb*.cat files and delete them all. If no files are found advance to the next step.
  7. Click Start, search Run, launch and type:
  8. Locate all oem*.* files and delete them all. If no files are found advance to the next step.
  9. Click Start, search Run, launch and type:
  10. Locate the cmd.exe file, right-click the file, and then select Run as administrator.
  11. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:
    • net stop cryptsvc
  12. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:
    • ren %WINDIR%\system32\catroot2 catroot2_renamed
  13. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:
    • net start cryptsvc
  14. Exit the command prompt and launch the game.

Black window on top of game window

The game may launch with a black window on-top of game window, obscuring the view and making the game impossible to play. The issue happened on Windows 8.1 64-bit with two monitors (1920x1080 and 1280x1024).

Disable additional monitor(s)[citation needed]
  1. Right click Windows desktop and choose the Screen Resolution menu.
  2. In the "Multiple displays" option, select "Show desktop only on 1" (1 being your main monitor)
  3. Restart the game
Try alt-tabbing back to desktop and then back to the game[citation needed]
  • Alternatively, alt-tabbing to the desktop and back to the game may eventually fix the issue
  • The second monitor will go black, and won't be usable for the duration of game, however.
  • The issue may come back with subsequent alt-tabbings.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: SSA activation, requires a Microsoft account - local profiles are not supported.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: