My personal solution/fix for CTDs (crash to desktop)

  • My personal solution/fix for CTDs (crash to desktop)

    Short version:

    - Put the pagefile (pagefile.sys) on a big SSD, the file must be able to "breathe"!

    - The OS should manage it!

    Long version:

    For me as a newbie the FS2020 crashed ALWAYS for days and I read web pages & forums for hours.

    My system:

    - Intel Core i7-4770K, no overclocking, Z87, 16 GB RAM DDR3, AMD Radeon 5700 XT, Win 10 Pro 20H2, all updates, incl. latest drivers of course!

    - Partition C is only for Windows, ~20 GB free, from ~80 GB

    - Partition D on same SSD, for all games, ~400 GB free

    - Addon control is done with "MSFS AddonsLinker":

    - FluSi folder on D:\Games\FS2020\, subfolder "Official" has ~95 GB.

    - There I also created a "CACHE", "Community" and "Mods" folder

    (in the cache folder is the "ROLLINGCACHE.CCC" file)

    - about 15 MB in the folder created by FS2020:

    D:\WpSystem\S-1-5-21-1234567890-1234567890-1234567890-1001\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\ ...

    What all have I tried with barely noticeable success:

    - Brought Visual C++2015-2019 to latest version 14.29.30037 (x64 & x86).

    - Rolling Cache set to 8 GB (half memory!)

    - ZERO Manual Cache! I deleted the file "MANUALCACHE.CCC" all where I could find them!

    My problem was, that the "pagefile.sys" on C became so big, that the space on this partiton was not enough, therefore the crash (CTD). Once when I had chosen the Rolling Cache and the Manual Cache much too big, I found out that the "pagefile.sys" on D grew up to 50 GB! So no wonder the one on C had no more space.


    Put the "pagefile.sys", ONLY ONE VERSION, on your largest SSD partition, managed by Win10, with e.g. at least 100 GB free space. But if you cache e.g. 150 GB manually, the "pagefile.sys" file will be 150 GB too, so always leave enough space!

    Since then I have no more crashes!


  • You sound as though you're just about due for at least a bigger SSD, and possibly some more RAM. What sort of performance are you seeing out of your rig (other than the CTDs, that is)?


    From Oz, Flight Simmer since FS1 - seriously since FS95

    Contributed to, and managed a site called ProjectAI for a time

  • The SSD (860 EVO) is actually big enough with 2TB.

    I will only upgrade the motherboard, RAM and CPU in 1-2 years, when PCIe 4.0 is established. ;)

    A better graphics card is at the momeent not on the horizon due to component shortages. :/

    I'm still "measuring" FPS with NVIDIA's FrameView at the moment, currently about 30-40 FPS at 3840x2160 @ 60Hz 4:4:4.…-dem-austria-dem-2mb-jpg/

    (middle settings, zero traffic, no clouds, full internet data, 40 Mbps)

    But I'm still optimizing...


  • Windows 10 Pro 21H2 19044.1387

    Core i7 3770K

    GA-Z68XP-UD3 rev 1.0 (BIOS F-10)

    32GB G-Skill DDR3 F3-1600 C7-8GTX

    Asus RTX 2070 OC 8GB

    Crucial 1TB MX-500 SSD

    (x3) 1TB Mushkin RAW SSDs

    LG Blue Ray Burner DL

    Corsair RM-750w PSU

    Rosewill Mid Tower Challenger Black

    X-56 HOTAS

    TrackIR 5 Pro

    Inateck KU5211 USB 3.2 adapter

    Oculus Quest 2

    LG 34in Ultra Wide Screen (2560x1080p)

  • I am taking the liberty of copying your solution here so that people on this site can benefit from your work. I;ll also alert the Mods that it's here.


    By udidwht

    For those having any CTD issue/s try the following…

    Run the following commands…

    Go through each of the following steps one at a time. Copy each line, one at a time , paste it into the Dos window (crtl + V) and press return

    and it will then run. Wait until each runs and finishes before you move on to the next one.

    When you are completely finished, Restart your computer and then try to see in MS2020 will start and run properly

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /checkhealth

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /scanhealth

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth

    sfc /scannow

    Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore

    Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    RESTART your computer as the last step. Then go for a test flight.

    If that does not resolve the CTD issue/s then follow…

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    From Oz, Flight Simmer since FS1 - seriously since FS95

    Contributed to, and managed a site called ProjectAI for a time