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Postby Heinz57 » Thu May 12, 2022 5:31 pm

Help!!!!! I have just come out of a 5 month hospitalization, and I'm afraid I have forgotten most of my MSFS log-in and log-out procedures. I used to be an avid simmer, but I'm now relegated to barely getting past all the updates I missed by being in the hospital. Can anyone help me log on properly and do the same for logging off so I don't have to futz with all the error messages fumbling around the way I'm doing right now? I am sure I will have even more questions later on, but right now I would be ecstatic if someone could help me with this problem. Thanks.
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Postby Sinkrate » Fri May 13, 2022 2:16 am

Logon should be automatic when you click on the MSFS shortcut it goes to your Xbox account and logs you on from there. You might need to download a new version of Xbox to make it work again. They changed it just to wind you up. Don’t let them get the better of you; just take a Valium and chill out or you could find yourself back in hospital. Personally, I wouldn’t waste too much time on the pig; just dump it and get yourself a copy of X-plane11 or go back to FSX!

I think if you could be a bit more specific about the error messages you keep getting, someone might be able to give you some more useful guidance.

Good luck!
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Postby Daube » Fri May 13, 2022 4:54 am

Don't worry, there's nothing complex.
You just need to ensure you perform the necessary steps in the correct order.

1- First of all, since you've been away from your computer since quite a long period, you should ensure your Windows apps are still up to date. To do so, you need to go to your start menu and launch the "Microsoft Store" application. In there, go to your 'library" (button on the bottom left of the window) and push the button on the top right to trigger the search and download of updates. It might download a lot of things, so be patient and wait for it to complete. You might even want to reboot your computer once it's done.

2- You need to ensure you are still logged on to the Microsoft XBox network. To do so, go to your start menu, search for the application that is called "XBox" (a green icon with a white circle and green X inside) and launch it. When it appears, check if you are logged in with your Microsoft live account (it should show it in the top left corner). If not, log in. You can then close that window, the XBox app will remain active, showing a small black&white X icon next to the clock in the Windows taskbar.

3- If you have bought MSFS on Steam, you should launch Steam and let it download the update(s) for the MSFS launcher. If you have bought it on the MS Store instead, I guess the step1 might have done the trick already.

4- Launch MSFS. If needed, it will ask you to log in to your MS Live/XBox account, like in step 2 above. Then it will proceed loading and it will start to download the updates you're missing. At that step, ENSURE THE PROPOSED INSTALLATION PATH IS CORRECT ! Else it will not find your original files and it will then redownload everything...

That's it.
Ah, also, there is not "logout" thing necessary here. You never need to log out MSFS. You can just close the sim (ALT+F4 works well too :) ).
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