As the tile says.
The update crashed 2 or 3 times, I had to restart MSFS and the update would continue but now I get the message “You are missing packages that are essential to run Microsoft Flight Simulator. Please update the application and try again.”
Well, I can’t. If I try to udpate and restart I’m back at the message.
Already went back into the Microsoft Store, no updates available and yes, I have already restarted my computer, a couple of times.
MS Store version, removed my community folder before updating.
If you are new to this thread here is a post with all of the mandatory files we found out over the course of 300+ messages:
I have the same issue with the Steam version. Same package (103solo). If i verify the install with steam, it deletes the package and then I have to redownload 20 mb and i get through to the main menu. If i quit and load it again, I get the same error and have to do it all again.
This works for me.
Unzip and drop the below file into your Packages/Official/Onestore folder. This is a workaround until Asobo fix it. It is simply an empty placeholder for a missing package folder.
Thanks to @BrokenShower for this fix.
Here is what I have done so far, before I made the reinstallation I already deleted every folder which got not updated some days ago, it helped as it got me back to the update page and it redownloaded some folders. But afterwards it was hanging at this screen:
After the reinstallation I was back at the essential parts are missing message with the only option but to quit.
The workaround didn’t help at all for me.
So I deleted that folder and sure enough I was back at being able to update that folder.
And now I’m back stuck at that loading screen with a 100% bar … I will let it run for a hour or even the night.
I’m still at the same issue, even after the 1.18.4 update, if I delete a folder it gets redownloaded, then I’m stuck at the 100% blue status bar. If I then exit and restart I’m back at the start “missing packages”.
That’s a shame. Hoped that would work. It works for me. If I don’t have the placeholder folder in place then I get the same message.
Does deleting the content.cfg file help?
Had you removed a lot of content from the sim that you didn’t want?
You can find all the mandatory content listed in Program Files/WindowsApps/Microsoft.FlightSimulator…/PublishedPackages/PublishedPackages_Content_Mandatory.xml
Here you can see all the packages that sim requires to run. I guess you have one or some of these missing.