Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 – Black Screen fix

Microsoft Flight Simulator black screen fix – Getting stuck on a black screen every time you launch Microsoft Flight Simulator on your PC? Here are some fixes.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 – Black Screen fix

Microsoft Flight Simulator has finally made its way to release day and the game has managed to get some really great reviews from all around the world and has been appreciated a lot by the community as well. With that being said some players are witnessing few bugs and glitches in the game.

The game already had performances related issues. But it looks like some more problems have started to surface. We are talking about the Black Screen bug.

Players are experiencing a completely black screen whenever they are launching the game. So, is there a fix?

How to fix the black screen bug

[Note: Most of the methods written below have been taken from the official Steam Discussions page of Microsoft Flight Simulator. So these methods or steps are not something that we have discovered]

Add exception to your Anti-virus

There is a huge chance that the black screen issue is being caused due to your Anti-Virus quarantining the MSFS executable. So all you have to do is add the Microsoft Flight Simulator executable file to the exceptions list of your Anti-virus.

If you are not using any third-party Anti-virus then add the exception on your Windows Defender. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open Windows Settings
  2. Select Update & Security
  3. Select Windows Security
  4. Click on Virus & Threat Protection
  5. Then under Virus & Threat Protection Settings click on Manage Settings
  6. Now scroll down until you find Exclusions
  7. Under Exclusions click on Add or remove exclusions
  8. Click on Add an Exclusion
  9. Select File
  10. And then select the MSFS executable file or the .exe file located inside the installation folder
  11. Restart your PC

Turn off your Anti-Virus or Firewall

If adding exception doesn’t work then it is best to completely turn off the anti-virus on your system. Most of the players who have managed to fix the black screen bug have actually done it by just shutting down their Anti-Virus software.

Install the latest Nvidia or AMD graphics drivers

Here are the link to those drivers:

Restart your system

A lot of players have actually managed to fix the bug by just restarting their PC once.


Right now these are all the fixes we have for the black screen issue in Microsoft Flight Simulator. We will keep on adding more as we keep on finding more. Also the devs are working constantly to solve these issues. Just be patient and you would be able to play the game without any problems in no time.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, If you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try come out with a fix. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on August 18, 2020

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 – Black Screen fix”

  1. guys for the black screen issue, I reduced my screen resolution from 4k to HD and it started downloading right away.

    hope this works for you also.

  2. another thing to try, that worked for us: Download and install an xbox beta app then run flight simulator through that program. That solved the problem for us, it’s downloading the 95 gig update perfectly now.

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