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After you play Microsoft Flight Simulator X for 30 minutes, you receive the following activation message:
This issue occurs because the trial time is over. Unless you activate the product, Flight Simulator X stays at trial-level features for 30 minutes.
Note If you have activated the product but the issue continues to occur, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969886/ )When you try to start Games for Windows, MapPoint, or Streets & Trips products, you are repeatedly prompted (in a loop) to reactivate the product
To activate Flight Simulator X, close the game and then restart the game. You are prompted to activate the game. After you activate Flight Simulator X, you can use all the features.
To use all the features of Flight Simulator X, you must activate the product. Microsoft Product Activation is designed to verify that software products are legitimately licensed. Activation works by verifying that the product key is not being used on more personal computers than are permitted by the software license.
To determine whether the product has been activated, start Free Flight in Flight Simulator X. Click Help, and then click About. If there is no menu, press the ALT key. You should see the product ID number. If the product ID number is missing, the product has not been activated.
Reduced functionality modeIf you have not entered a valid product key, the software goes into Reduced Functionality mode. The following features are unavailable in Reduce Functionality mode: