The number one troubleshooting question is, “What has changed?” I have said “no changes” many times since last August after performance drops significantly or CTDs become more frequent. It doesn’t make sense that problems start happening if I haven’t made any changes.
Recently I stumbled upon the Windows Reliability Report. This report summarizes many of the Windows logs in a timeline and calculates a score from 1 to 10 how “reliable” my pc is. I access the Reliability Report by entering “reliability” into the search box at the bottom of the desktop to have the report generated. (Security options may need to be changed to collect system information.)
My Reliability Report shows by day or week how many CTDs have happened, hardware issues, and everything automatically downloaded by MS.
Two things surprised me. First, there were a number of CTDs by non-MSFS programs, several I didn’t know what they were. Second, I was amazed and appalled at the amount of MS downloads happening each day. At a minimum, virus scan (Defender Antivirus) updates are downloaded daily.
I’m not stating or inferring that any MS downloads are causing MSFS problems. My point is that there are changes happening daily and occasional non-MSFS crashes that I never knew about. I have added viewing the Reliability Report to my troubleshooting toolbox.
BTW my reliability score varies from 2 to 5 occasionally 6. And other things besides MSFS CTDs impact overall stability.