Installing Steam & FSX:SE: The Basics

What is Steam, Anyway?

Steam is an internet-based digital PC gaming distribution platform. It provides players with integrated installation processes, automatic updating of games on multiple computers, and community features such as multiplayer functionality and in-game voice and chat.

I often describe Steam as “The iTunes of PC Gaming”, as it is free to use and you can purchase, install, and uninstall games with a single mouse click. You can even sign in to your Steam account and access your game library from multiple computers! Not only does that include FSX: Steam Edition, but also any add-ons you purchase through the Steam platform. No activation codes, no discs, no fuss!

To install the Steam Client and FSX: Steam Edition you will need an internet connection and the following minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or higher (single core)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX®9 compliant video card or greater, 256 MB video RAM or higher, Shader Model 1.1 or higher (Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required)
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space

How Do I Get Steam?

Getting started on Steam is relatively simple.

First, you have to install Steam. To do that, go to store.steampowered.com and click the “Install Steam” button on the upper right hand corner of the screen.

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You should then come to this page:

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Click the “Install Steam Now” button to continue.

Once the Steam client has installed on your computer, it’s time to create an account. Open the Steam client by clicking on the desktop icon, and you should be prompted to sign in. Click the “Create A New Account” button as shown below.

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Once you have created your Steam account, you can now start adding games to your library.

How Do I Buy/Install FSX: Steam Edition?

To find FSX: Steam Edition, use the search bar in the upper right hand corner, type in “FSX”, and click the search icon.

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This will take you to a list of items which include both FSX: Steam Edition and the add-ons available for purchase through our Steam store. Before you start buying add-ons, you must first get FSX: Steam Edition.

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Click on “Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition” to be taken through to the store page, then click “Add to Cart”. You will automatically be redirected to your shopping cart.

One of the cool things about Steam is that you not only buy games for yourself, but for other people as well. All you need is their Steam user name! For the purpose of this example, however, I will go ahead and purchase FSX: Steam Edition for myself.

As you can see below, the checkout process is quite straightforward.

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Once you have completed the checkout process, you can now install FSX: Steam Edition on your computer.

To do this, hover over the “Library” option at the top of the Steam client and select “Games” like so:

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Select “Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition” from the list of games on the left, then click the blue “Install” button, then follow the directions.

Congratulations, you are now ready to take to the skies in the World’s favorite flight simulator!

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DTG Aimee

Aimee Sanjari is a flight simmer, aviation enthusiast, and aspiring pilot originally from Elkhart, Indiana. Now living in Kent, she fills the role of Flight Simulation Brand Manager for Dovetail Games. She has previously contributed to PC Pilot and continues to be an active member of the flight simulation community.

19 Comments

  • Profile photo of Charles Bland

    I purchased FSX Steam I cannot get to the screen to tell it my key. I think this is the sorriest program I ever had.

  • Profile photo of Bertil Persson

    Hi! My friend has newly installed FSX. After a few weeks the yellow marking on the taxiway that guides you to the right rwy or gate disappears. You cant call them back on the ATC screen when trying. Is this because something is wrong in the installation, or can it relate to the graffic card?

    • Profile photo of Bertil Persson

      What i’m talking about is progressive taxi. I forgot the name of it.

      • Profile photo of FSX Admin

        Hi Bertil,

        Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have forwarded your message to our support team who should have an answer for you shortly.

        -Aimee

    • Profile photo of FSX Admin

      Hi Bertil,

      Our support team has come back with the following:

      “Updating his graphics card drivers is a must of course, but if he is on Windows 10, this can cause issues such as this. They need to ensure the option to preview DirectX 10 is on in the settings and just as a precaution verify their files. He can do this by right clicking the game in Steam and select properties> local files and select verify integrity of game cache”

      For any future issues, our support team can be reached directly at dovetailgames.kayako.com

      I hope this helps!

      -Aimee

  • Profile photo of balegroune

    i have bought the steam edition from your company which is working perfectly on my 2 laptops.
    howver I have problem with FSX steam,on my new desktop, when i start a fly, the game load and stops on 80, i w8 1h, but still 80, do you have any idea how fix that?
    the sms when is 80 is “Adjusting scenery objects”

    i have the below configuration

    Intel Core i5 – 6500 Processor
    ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING
    16GB DDR-4 RAM Corsiar
    2TB SATA HDD 7200rpm
    DVD-Super Multi Writer
    120GB SSD Corsiar
    VGA 4GB DDR-5 GTX- 960
    ATX Casing 200R Corsair

    • Profile photo of DTG Aimee

      Hi Balegroune,

      Sorry to hear you are having trouble with FSX: Steam Edition. If you could please send the above details to our support team at dovetailgames.kayako.com, someone will be in touch to help get you up in the air again 🙂

      Happy flying!

      -Aimee

  • Profile photo of Hennie

    Hi Aimee,

    Ive got fsx gold edition. can we stil play on the internet or not. if i click on multiplayer it says i must log onto gamespy. but when i go on to gamespy it says the link is closed..

    please help me to fly online. Want to make the game more intresting.

    • Profile photo of Hennie

      Sorry Admin can you also help me on my question ??

    • Profile photo of FSX Admin

      Hi Hennie,

      Gamespy has been defunct for awhile now. If you have FSX: Steam Edition, you can access the multiplayer feature via the Steam.

      I hope that helps!

      -Aimee

  • Profile photo of John

    Hi I have been grounded for over 12 months, I lost my buzz for it after being robbed by a certain person I trusted with in the flight sim community.
    I now want to return to my flying, but need help to get back into programming a flight from a cold, dark start.
    I have FSX gold, do I need Steam?, also is there a 787 dreamliner sim yet? Thanks

    • Profile photo of DTG Aimee

      Hi John,

      Welcome back! While you don’t necessarily need Steam Edition (it’s the Steam release of the Gold Edition), it is the latest version (multiplayer has been reinstated and some bugs have been fixed), and we at Dovetail Games provide support for the Steam Edition only.

      As for the 787, Qualitywings have been working on one for the past couple of years now. Fingers crossed it drops this year! You can find out more here: http://www.qualitywingssim.com/787.html

      I hope this helps!

      -Aimee

  • Profile photo of Ged Satch

    Installed Steam Edition. When I launch Flight simulator and select a mission it takes an eternity to load. After completion the screen will go dark when I hit escape. Only by clicking on task manager can I get a screen with a 2 second opportunity to cancel flight. All driers etc. are up to date help.

    • Profile photo of FSX Admin

      Hi Ged,

      Sorry you are experiencing trouble with loading missions. If you contact our support team at dovetailgames.kayako.com, they will be happy to help 🙂

      -Aimee

  • Profile photo of naathan

    if i have already purchased the game do i still have to get through the card deatails page?

    • Profile photo of FSX Admin

      Hi Naathan,

      No you don’t. If you have purchased the game, simply click on the game in your Steam library and it should install automatically.

      I hope this helps!

      -Aimee

  • Profile photo of Ahmed F Hosny

    I have had FSX Gold for about four+ years. All of a sudden my blue (flaps) and red (mixture) levers don’t work anymore. I am glad I have found FSX Stean Edition. I am now at the stage of prepping my computer and moving/copying FSX as per instructions. I just wanted to say Hello and introduce myself. I am not a “simmer” like you ladies and gentlemen. I like flying the Cessnas. (I hate tail-draggers in any Sim). I used to work in Airlines (IB QF BA PA TU and TG). Sales, Reservations and Ticketing and (before 9/11) would ask for invitation to the cockpit (specially for take-offs and landings.) I have a lot of such “hours”. Four years ago I started ground school for a Private Pilot License. Half-way through I got two attacks of Vertigo (Vestibular Damage) and grounded myself. Then went to FSX and now am starting FSX:SE. Fingers crossed.

    • Profile photo of FSX Admin

      Welcome aboard, Ahmed! 🙂

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