Stuck In Press Any Key Screen | Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Some Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 gamers have reported to us that they can’t load the game and they are stuck in the Press Any Key screen. What’s happening is that the game simply fails to load after pressing any button. If you are experiencing the same exact problem, this article is for you.

What causes Press Any Key Screen issue on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020?

There are a number of reasons why Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 may not work or won’t go past the Press Any Key Screen. Check out each of them below.

Xbox account was signed out.

If Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 won’t load and keeps going back to the Press Any Key Screen, the most likely reason for it is that you’re not signed in to your Microsoft account. I’ve personally experienced this issue myself and after checking a number of things, I discovered that my account was logged out from the Xbox app. 

Once I’ve signed back in, the game loads fine without any problems.

Xbox application issue.

If you are signed in to your Microsoft account in the Xbox app but the game still won’t load, there may be an issue with the game launcher. The problem might be resolved by restarting the Xbox app or by restarting the computer.

Game files are corrupted.

Some players reported to us that their Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 game failed to work even after signing back in and restarting the Xbox launcher. What they did to eventually fix the problem was to troubleshoot the game launcher or reinstall the game.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 needs updates.

One other possible reason why Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 may get fail to loadis that the game may have not finished updating. Some updates can for this game can be hefty, especially if you’re playing it offline and using downloaded maps. Make sure that you allow the game to update fully before opening or running it again.

How to fix Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 stuck in Press Any Key Screen

These are the possible solutions that you can try if you are stuck in Press Any Key Screen when trying to play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

  1. Sign back in to your Microsoft account.

    Before loading Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, make sure that you are signed in to your Microsoft account in the Xbox launcher. You can quickly do that by checking  if your profile picture at the upper right side is displayed. If your profile picture is absent, you may not be logged in to the Xbox app so the game won’t run. This is because the license of the game is tied to the account that bought it. 
    If you have another Microsoft account signed in, the game will not load as well.

  2. Restart Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

    If you are currently signed in to the correct Microsoft account in the Xbox app but the game still fails to load, the next good thing that you can do is to close Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

  3. Force close Xbox launcher.

    If restarting the game won’t help, another quick possible solution is to force close the Xbox application. You can do that by using the Task Manager. Just open Task Manager, look for the Xbox app under the Processes tab, highlight it and hit the End Task button.

  4. Repair Xbox app in Windows 10 settings.

    In case there’s a problem with the Xbox app launcher, you can troubleshoot it by repairing it. Here’s how:
    -Press the Windows button.
    -Find the Xbox app or you can search for it.
    Right click on Xbox app.
    -Select App settings.
    -Click on Repair button.

  5. Reset the Xbox application.

    This is a more drastic way to troubleshoot a non-working Xbox application. Resetting the app will delete its data as well so you’ll need to redownload your games and sign back in afterwards. Do this only when you have issues loading other games and not just Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
    Here’s how:
    -Press the Windows button.
    -Find the Xbox app or you can search for it.
    Right click on Xbox app.
    -Select App settings.
    -Click on Reset button.

  6. Reinstall Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

    If Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 still won’t go beyond the Press Any Key screen, and you’ve already tried to troubleshoot the Xbox app, this is the final solution that you can try on your end. 
    To uninstall the game:
    -Press the Windows button.
    -Find the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 game or you can search for it.
    Right click on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 app.
    -Select Uninstall.

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