First – my apologies for the nasty video – first time for everything, including using Camtasia. The video itself is just a demonstration to show that I installed FSX using the steps below and have resolved the issues I originally had when I tried installing FSX in Windows 10.
I experienced lack of airplane preview, black screen, inability to display full screen, random and frequent crashes.
After I installed the files below in a methodical and logical order – I now enjoy a fully functional program.
Install these files in this order – (I repeated this twice in Windows 10, and once in Windows 8.1 – same positive results)
Make sure that you’re running Windows 10 10240 RTM plus the latest point release (I noticed that they already have a new point release from the 29 July RTM version, and that’s the version that I reproduced these results).
1) MS XML Core Services (Version 4.0 Service Pack 2)
You will have some choice, but you want to download the file msxml.msi (this file includes the core services and the SDK)
2) DirectX 9.0c 2010 Runtime
(you can also find the Directx 9.0c install files on FSX Install Disk2 in a folder labeled as such)
3) Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86)
Install for the 32bit or 64bit Windows OS.
4) Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x64)
In addition, Install this as well for a 64bit OS
5) Install FSX. Activate it.
Let it run – and go to a black screen and wait for disk activity. The screen may flicker as it tries to render.
Press Ctl-C and exit the program.
Navigate to your FSX folder, find the fsx.exe file, right click and run the compatibility checker. Accept the values, test it, and it should work.
Exit the program. Accept the test results and accept the compatibility settings. The next time you start the game (with compatibility settings) you will see and be able to run full screen without issue.
The Bull Creek Studio (MARS) machine is running Windows 10 Professional, using an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 running an FX-8350, with an NVidia GTX 480 video card.
Good luck! I hope this helps you resolve the same issues that I had running the FSX under Windows 10.