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 and click the “Install Steam” button on the upper right hand corner of the screen.


You should then come to this page:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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!

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.


  • 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.

    • Hi Charles,

      Detailed instructions on how to redeem your code can be found here:

      I hope this helps!


    • i tried to download fsx and it was telling me i first had spend 5USD from my steam wallet yet i was trying to spend 5USD

  • 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?

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

      • 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.


    • 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

      I hope this helps!


  • 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
    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

    • 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, someone will be in touch to help get you up in the air again 🙂

      Happy flying!


  • 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.

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

    • 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!


  • 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

    • 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:

      I hope this helps!


  • 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.

    • Hi Ged,

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


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

    • 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!


  • 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.

    • Welcome aboard, Ahmed! 🙂

  • Hi do have to uninstall fsx for fsx steam

    • Hi Wikus,

      We have worked very hard to make sure the two can coexist, however for optimum experience, we highly recommend installing FSX boxed and FSX: Steam Edition on separate drives. If you have a very extensive add-on collection, you may want to consider installing them on separate machines.

      I hope this helps!


  • Hi
    i use fsx for many years and i have a lot of adons like pmdg 737, sceneries, airports etc’
    I heard about the stem edition and i want to get it.
    what about the products i have, i can use them for the steam edition ?
    if the answer is yes, i have to reinstall them ?


  • Hi, I’m trying to start the game but it keep saying that Steam needs to be running but it is! What does it mean by that?


    • And now it keep saying “Steam must be running to play this game (Steam initialisation failed)”

  • Hello. I am new to Steam & want to use Microsort flight sim. Will it work on Windows 8.1.

  • G’day, Can some one PLEASE HELP. I have purchased Flight Sim X in February and loaded and played for about 2 or 3 days. Since then I have not been able to get on. I have not had time to try to fix it previously as I worked now I have retired I still can’t get it to work can someone please help. My email acc. is and my password I used does not seem to work well nothing seems to work. I have got grey hair and I know a bit about computers so please help in grey hair lingo. Please help. Regards Shane from Australia. Thank You.

    • Hi Shane,

      Thanks for reaching out. For help getting FSX: Steam Edition to work, please contact our support team at and they will take it from there.

      All the best,


  • Hello. Does fsx:se works on windows 10 ? And what are the requirements for installing on windows 10? Thanks.

  • Hi Aimee,
    I’m thinking about purchasing Steam but I’m having problems unistalling the boxed FSX from my PC. I know you’ve said that the two can work on the same machine but recommend having them on separate devices or doing the stripback. I have a few add-on aircraft and no add-on scenery or any other addons in boxed. Do you think I should try to install Steam edition anyway or try to put it on a separate pc?


    • Hi Bc,

      There are some compatibility issues which may arise from having them on the same PC. If you are having trouble uninstalling FSX completely, we have an article which may help you:

      That article is part one of three in a series about switching from FSX boxed to Steam – hopefully you can find the information you are looking for there 🙂

      I hope this helps!


  • Hi, I’ve just bought a copy of FSX:SE secondhand and I do not have a code in the box, will this mean i can not install the game?

    • That is correct, I’m afraid. Steam codes are only valid for one use per Steam account.

  • I have a problem with FSX SE not seeing my Cessna Yoke. Instead it substitutes two joysticks. The radio panel and the switch panel both work. Can anyone help with an up to date down load for the Cessna yoke system? I have looked everywhere. Mad Catz was sold to Logitech, and suddenly re-appeared but with no support for us.Legacy may be involved. What a mess.

    Alan Hersker

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