Add-on Compatibility with MSFS 2020 Anniversary Edition

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Hi all. I noticed several add-on downloads that are compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. I have the MSFS anniversary edition. Just got it 3 months ago. Will these downloads work with my anniversary edition?? Thx.

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First and foremost, it's great to hear you've got the MSFS anniversary edition. It indeed brought some stellar improvements and features to the already impressive world of virtual aviation!

Now, to your query about the add-on compatibility. The majority of add-ons made for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 should, in theory, work with the anniversary edition. But, there are a few things to consider:

Updates and Patches: Developers frequently release updates to ensure compatibility with the latest versions of flight simulators. Ensure that the add-on you're eyeing is updated for the latest MSFS patches.

Read Documentation: Most add-ons come with a README or some sort of documentation. This should detail any compatibility issues or version-specific nuances. Always a good place to start.

Check Developer Websites: A lot of developers maintain their own websites or forums where they post information about updates, compatibility issues, and user feedback. Sites like Orbx and Aerosoft are great examples.

Community Feedback: Before installing, perhaps look for feedback from other users who have the same edition as yours. They might have already tested the add-on and can provide insights.

Backup: Before you install any add-on, it's always a prudent move to backup your MSFS installation. In the off chance that something does go haywire, you can easily restore to a known good state.

From my knowledge, most add-ons should work seamlessly across different editions of MSFS 2020. However, it's always a wise idea to tread with caution, read up on any known issues, and be prepared.

Hope that helps! If you have any more specifics about which add-ons you're considering or if you encounter any issues, do share. The more details you provide, the more in-depth assistance we can offer.

Safe skies and happy flying!

P.S.: If anyone else has experiences or tips regarding add-on compatibility with the MSFS 2020 anniversary edition, please chime in. The community's collective wisdom is always a valuable resource!

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