Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight
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ACES Studio
Microsoft Game Studios
Release dates
Windows July 29, 2003
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]


Flight Simulator 2004 Update v9.1 updates the game to the latest version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Microsoft\FS9\FS9.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Flight Simulator Files\

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

"SCENERY.CFG file error" error on launch[edit]

"SCENERY.CFG file error. Local scenery directory (Addon Scenery\SCENERY) in scenery Area.038 not found" (or similar)
This can be caused by a missing or incorrectly installed addon.
Edit scenery.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Try installing the addon again. If problems persist, continue with the steps below.
  2. Edit <path-to-game>\scenery.cfg
  3. Go to [Area.038] (or the named area).
  4. Change Active=TRUE to Active=FALSE
  5. Restart the game.

Black screen when starting a flight (Windows 10)[edit]

The plane preview area is black, and starting the flight shows a black screen.
Force windowed mode in FS9.cfg[3][4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit FS9.cfg.
  3. Change FULL_SCREEN=1 to FULL_SCREEN=0
  4. Run the game normally. The game will now run in windowed mode by default.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (98/ME), 128 MB (2000/XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.8 GB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]