Microsoft Flight

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Microsoft Flight
Microsoft Flight cover
Developers
Microsoft Studios Vancouver
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows February 29, 2012
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Microsoft Flight 2012

Key points

No longer being updated as of July 2012.[1]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
Steam Users' Forums
AVSIM sub-forum
FlightSim sub-forum

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM and a Microsoft account (local profiles are not supported).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Flight
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[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Flight\Players

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions above 1280x720.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be changed in game using zoom commands.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
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
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Requires a Microsoft account.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Ports

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Launching the game through Steam[edit]

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 your 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 you activated any DLC for the game on Steam in the past, the entry should appear in your library, allowing to install the game. However, if you haven't purchased the game, you can still install the game using Steam's install URL:

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

Notes

When you first launch the game, you will need to input a CD-key obtained from Games for Windows Marketplace, so launching the game through Steam may be possible only for existing players.[citation needed]

Problems with activating DLCs[edit]

There may be issues with activating CD-keys for DLCs bought previously from Steam Store. Contacting Microsoft Flight support directly by sending a mail to microsoftflight@microsoft.com describing the problem might help solving some of the issues.

Error 800b0100 on startup[edit]

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[3]

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[edit]

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 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[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 7 SP1 (64-bit)
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 3.3 GHz
Intel Core i7 960 3.20 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB 30 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
ATI Radeon HD 5670
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT

References

  1. News : Support Reminder
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marketplace close microsoft flight down? :: Microsoft Flight Support
  3. Error - Games for Windows - LIVE failed to initialize [FIX / SOLUTION] - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)