Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

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andy Dec 18, 2014 @ 10:41pm
Must run as administrator
When trying to launch the game, I get a UAC elevation request. After entering the admin username and password, I get an error saying Steam must be running. I can understanding needing to install something on first run, and therefore needing UAC for that. But why can't the game run as an unpriviledged user? I already have the game on DVD, which does not need to run as admin.

None of my other games need admin access to run, only to install. The only other game I bought that needed it was an older version of train simulator, also published by Dovetail. One day I noticed it renamed itself train simulator 2015, and after installing it, it didn't need admin access to run any more, so it's disappointing that Dovetail seems to have forgotten how to make software run as normal users.

As a software developer myself, I don't think it's a good thing to condition users into thinking needing UAC elevation is normal. We all get too many requests from people to help remove viruses and other malware. It would be less of a problem if people are used to clicking "no" when the UAC prompt comes up. Please, please release an update that removes the UAC elevation requirement.
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andy Dec 19, 2014 @ 12:05pm 
thank you! It's disappointing if they added run as admin into the manifest if it's never really needed. But hopefully they'll notice and remove it. It's great to have a workaround for as long as the issue exists.
Paulo Roberto AS Dec 20, 2014 @ 5:16pm 
"As a software developer myself, I don't think it's a good thing to condition users into thinking needing UAC elevation is normal. "
I run my PC as a low privilege user (maybe a sysadmin problem...), I need to type the admin password on UAC prompt :(
Last edited by Paulo Roberto AS; Dec 20, 2014 @ 5:17pm
andy Dec 21, 2014 @ 1:08pm 
Why the sad face? It's a good thing that you get the UAC prompt and need to enter your password. It makes you think does the software really need admin access to run? If not, maybe it's doing something it shouldn't. FSX steam version is acting like bad software since it asks for admin access, even though it doesn't need it.
longbyte1 Dec 21, 2014 @ 1:33pm 
Originally posted by andy:
Why the sad face? It's a good thing that you get the UAC prompt and need to enter your password. It makes you think does the software really need admin access to run? If not, maybe it's doing something it shouldn't. FSX steam version is acting like bad software since it asks for admin access, even though it doesn't need it.

FSX is a piece of old software, back in the days of Windows XP where any exe file out there could delete your Program Files folder without even a notification.
Last edited by longbyte1; Dec 21, 2014 @ 1:34pm
Paulo Roberto AS Dec 21, 2014 @ 3:24pm 
Originally posted by andy:
Why the sad face? It's a good thing that you get the UAC prompt and need to enter your password. It makes you think does the software really need admin access to run? If not, maybe it's doing something it shouldn't. FSX steam version is acting like bad software since it asks for admin access, even though it doesn't need it.

Well, it's not asking anymore, I used MS Application Compatibility Toolkit to create a shim and force "runAsInvoker", now I can run with my low privilege user with no UAC prompt,
developer needs to fix this, not everybody knows how to do that.
andy Dec 23, 2014 @ 12:29pm 
Originally posted by longbyte1:
FSX is a piece of old software, back in the days of Windows XP where any exe file out there could delete your Program Files folder without even a notification.

One of the points I made in the original post was that the original FSX, from the DVD, did not require admin access to run. I could run it as an unpriviledged user without issue. Dovetail added the run as admin requirement to the steam edition. It doesn't make any sense at all.
barnstormer1 Dec 23, 2014 @ 4:17pm 
Fixed his years ago and also eliminate addon problems by not installing in the programX86 directory! Most addon developers highly recommend it!
Last Train Oct 25, 2015 @ 8:48am 
[SOLVED]

How To Force Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition To Run As A Standard User

http://theothertimduncan.com/archive/Microsoft-Flight-Simulator-Standard-User/

Last edited by Last Train; Oct 25, 2015 @ 8:49am
Paulo Roberto AS Oct 25, 2015 @ 9:17am 
Originally posted by Manamann:
[SOLVED]

How To Force Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition To Run As A Standard User

http://theothertimduncan.com/archive/Microsoft-Flight-Simulator-Standard-User/


Not exactly solved, more to a "workaround", the developer should fix this.
andy Oct 25, 2015 @ 12:41pm 
Originally posted by Manamann:
[SOLVED]

How To Force Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition To Run As A Standard User

http://theothertimduncan.com/archive/Microsoft-Flight-Simulator-Standard-User/

I also saw the post where someone said you could use the compaatability administrator to force it to run as the invoker, but it was hard to figure out how. So, thanks for the easy to follow blog.

Only issue I have with the blog is the "Seriously Microsoft" comment. Actually, FSX that Microsoft released on DVD didn't have this problem. Only the Steam edition, which Dovetail ported, has this problem. So, the blame is with Dovetail, not Microsoft.
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