I have seen this in the forums:
Tried X-Plane 11, ____ was wrong with it. Reinstalled and it [did/did not] fix it
You almost never need to reinstall X-Plane to fix these kinds of things. In particular, if you haven't installed an add-on, you definitely never need to reinstall.
To get X-Plane back to its clean state, you can do this:
- Run the updater. If you've modified a file by accident it will ask if you want to replace it. Say yes.
- Delete all of the files in Output/preferences.
That's all you have to do. Our installer just dumps files on your disk. It doesn't set any registry settings or other hidden voodoo that can only be fixed by reinstall. So you can just clean out your prefs, make sure the files are up to date and not modified, and you're good to go.
In particular, in beta 1, if something is messed up, reinstalling isn't going to fix it; beta 2 is going to fix it! (Or maybe beta 3. 😉
(I think everyone reading this blog knows this, but you also don't have to reinstall to get another 15 minute demo.)