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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Crash to Desktop Fix | How to stop crashing

Hunting down a Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 crash to desktop fix isn’t how you want to be spending your precious gaming hours. Unfortunately, the hot new flight sim is having some troubles on PC. Thankfully, we’ve been playing the game for a long while now and have tackled many crashing issues. Here’s how to stop crashing issues on Flight Simulator 2020.

How to stop Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 crashing to desktop

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Crash to Desktop Fix

To stop Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 crashing to desktop, you’re going to want to disable any conflicting applications.

Programs that use an overlay, like MSI Afterburner, can cause the game to crash to the desktop without any error code. This can be very confusing for players who haven’t experienced this problem before.

To help pinpoint which app is conflicting with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, you’re going to want to open programs one at a time. When you have found the offending app, you’ll want to avoid using it while playing this particular game.

I’ve personally experienced crashing to desktop when hitting Alt+Tab to exit fullscreen. When I reselect Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, the app crashes and I return to desktop. Therefore, it’s likely that pressing Alt+Tab (when it fullscreen mode) may cause the game to crash.

At the time of writing, the game has just launched on PC and Xbox One. Crashing issues at launch are nothing new to modern games at release, with patches often required to help fix issues that weren’t found during development. With the game now in the hands of potentially millions, errors will be found and experienced much more quickly.

Here’s hoping the developers at Asobo Studio are monitoring feedback and can roll out any updates and fixes in a timely fashion.

For now, follow our guidance to help prevent Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 crashing to desktop. There’s nothing worse than crashing immediately after waiting out those long loading times!