Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has come out on PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam, and it is also available through an Xbox Game Pass subscription. The game has been massively praised with some dubbing it the best sim yet that is accessible to everyone, but – unfortunately – players are encountering an issue that is resulting in them being stuck on the loading screen. Here you’ll discover how to possibly fix the stuck on loading screen problem for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 on both Steam and Xbox Game Pass.
You should already know that if you attempted to preload Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 that all you installed was the client. This prompts a 91 GB download and this is where some people have encountered issues thanks to a blue bar that refuses to progress.
If you’ve found yourself stuck on the loading screen for either Steam or Xbox Game Pass, below you’ll discover how to possibly fix the issue.
How to fix Microsoft Flight Simulator stuck on blue bar loading screen
The recommended way to fix the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 stuck on blue bar loading screen dilemma for Steam and Xbox Game Pass is by running it as administrator.
So, to possibly fix the stuck on blue bar loading screen dilemma, search for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 outside of the Xbox Game Pass or Steam app, and then right click its icon and select “run as administrator”.
This solution has been recommended on the game’s official Twitter account as well as on Reddit.
The Reddit post suggests uninstalling and reinstalling the game, but pretty much all of the comments say that just running as administrator fixes the problem.
In regard to Steam specifically, one user has also commented on Reddit that just deleting their shortcut and creating another fixed the problem for them.
However, for most people, quitting the game and running as administrator has fixed the stuck on loading screen problem for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
It hasn’t fixed the issue for everyone as there are a few complaints about the issue still persisting or the game crashing shortly afterwards, but it’s the only solution that has been recommended so far by the developers and it has worked for most.
If it doesn’t work for you and you have a connected controller, then you may need to remove this controller before restarting and running as administrator.