Intolerable flashing in top third of screen since update

All - It’s unfair your systems have been eclipsed by the simulator. Hmmm, has happened to me countless times when older system and some program updates and it won’t run. It’s also like when unleaded gas was introduced and all us old folks had were old cars which needed the lead so the valves would not be destroyed. Hmmm, time marches on, aint no way to stop it. Come on, really you want a new PC anyway, here is your excuse to get one, you can talk the wife into I’m sure.
Got a dell desktop 18 months old today, it’s been problem since new. Was trying to reset back to factory, dells USB restore program does not recognize the system, and I’ll bet, no one has ever seen a windows 10 DVD install disk period. It’s now a boat anchor sitting on my desk, it don’t run, cannot reset it, and aint paying for windows 10 twice. Makes me mad as XXXXX every time I turn head. And it’s got an GTX 1050 in it, which will run this game, not enough ram, but enough processor and video card. So you see, this happens to all of us. Moore’s law is now 12 months no longer 18 months.

Improvement??? They call this improvement? The clouds are awful now, they must be blind or they are trolling us.


We must have a fix or a refund. If an update could cause this problem then why not revert the issue?


It is a mess of asobo. NVidia says which graphics cards are no longer supported with drivers. If NVidia says that they don’t support a GPU generation anymore and only offer legacy drivers, yes, that card is outdated. Not Asobo has to decide that. If Asobo decides to no longer support certain graphics cards, then they need to communicate this in time and not let a patch ruin everything overnight. I’m not affected yet (GTX1070), but everyone with GTX9xx down should be able to claim their money back.


You can’t revert t the previous version because they upgrade on the server side. Reverting to the previous version would mean downgrading the entire infrastructure and asking for every player to revert.
Of ourse, they could run both versions in parallel on their servers, but they are not going to do this because it’s costly and you divide the community between two versions that are probably incompatible.


Please vote Bring back Clouds previous to update 5.

Worst analogy ever.

My dude, we’re in a global pandemic, some of us don’t have the immediate disposable income to buy a gaming computer right now.


Exactly. I’ve been trying all year to start up a new system. Ordered the first few parts, couldn’t be delivered due to poor availability, then prices shot up and now both prices and availability are completely out of hand. Motherboards and PSUs are nearly extinct. This is a terrible time to be told to upgrade.

I don’t even think they’ve got particularly bad CS - we all received responses within hours, sometimes minutes. If the project leaders have decided to throw ‘lower specification’ users under the bus, CS can’t really do much other than try and tell us as nicely as possible, and they’ve done that.

They promised a game that will be with us for a decade - I’m sure none of us still expected to be using 960M GPUs and so on in 2030, but it would have been nice to have warning or a bit more time! I’m only a few hours in to a round-the-world VFR tour!

I heard the 10 year thing. I also think but don’t know, windows 10 is supposed to be around for at least another 5 years or so. It’s sad, what happened to all and I am sure somehow down the road, I will be affected as well. I hope their is some light at end of tunnel.

I’m using 950m and I’m also affected. But truth be told, before starting up, the game informs me that I don’t meet minimum requirements, so I can’t really expect to get a refund. Do 960m owners also get this message? If not, then they should get a refund.


I am using the 960M and I am not seeking a refund. I just would like to have the functionality I had for the first 4 versions of the sim. I was satisfied with this. I don’t understand why we cannot use a previous version that was (for the most part) workable, especially for those of us who have to use our computers for other things beside gaming and can’t really afford to upgrade. As I indicated in a previous post I do not think it would be that difficult during the “check for updates” screen to scan the GPU and CPU and decide which version of MSFS2020 would be usable on that particular computer. If necessary we could indicate the version on a selection screen that would be “read” during this process.

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PS- I get the message also.

I have an NVidia M2000M (similar to GTX 960M or 950M) and also suffer from this issue. The workaround to turn off clouds doesn’t always work for me. For example, in training lessons and the Halloween challenge, I can’t change the weather to clear sky!
The only workaround that works for me, is that whenever the screen flickers, I change the screen resolution to 640x480, press OK, Revert, Discard changes, return to game.
To further improve the game experience, I do the following:

  1. Follow the instructions in to reduce stuttering;
  2. Reduce the screen resolution to 1600x900 (from the native 1920x1080).
  3. Temporarily turn off VPN if it still stutters.

Please vote Bring back Clouds previous to update 5.

Voted already, but I’m not holding my breath…

Only clear sky after this way

Go to Nvidia control panel, switch off Ambient Occlusion.

Worked for me. Hope it works for you too

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I can’t believe it! After spending 120 euros and only two months, the MSFS2020 due to my gtx850m video card, which worked until the last update, is now obsolete and I have to fly cloudless and I cannot go back to the old version. Is this a scam or just plain incompetence?

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