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asked by (53 points)

I have tried multiple installers from my backups for X-Plane 10 and also get the same result.  Insert key.

How can I download a demo version if I have to buy it first?

I have searched back through 100 pages with out finding an answer.



commented by (10 points)

I had this issue , Ubuntu 16.04 and it transpires that the installer was looking at my DVD drive and seeing the x plane 9 disc which  I normally leave in. As I stated on the tech support forum " Its looking at the DVD for XP 9. What a crazy bit of DRM incompetence ! "


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answered by (1.8k points)

You can read more about Downloads for Older Versions here.

commented by (29 points)
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The installer provided by that link doesn't work.  It requires a code or insertion of a DVD 1 to continue installation.
commented by (19.3k points)
If you have never downloaded an X-Plane 10 demo before, the first screen you should see when you open the installer is a choice to pick install a demo or a product purchase. If you are not seeing this, there is DRM on your computer that indicates you have purchased or installed X-Plane at some point.
commented by (29 points)
So how is someone supposed to install a v10 demo for testing or updating older aircraft?
commented by (53 points)
The same thing happens on a computer that has never downloaded any X-Plane series period.  

They have changed the installer so it no longer allows Demo downloads.  

 You can have a demo,  just as long as you pay for it up front?

 You can any GPS you want as long as it is a Garmin. No other brand allowed.

What has happened to our old X-Plane simulator?
commented by (19.3k points)

Attach a copy of your installer log.txt. I cannot reproduce this issue.

I just downloaded the installer from and this is the screen I see:

commented by (53 points)


I downloaded from your link five times.  Unpack the zip and I get the same screens over and over.

Won't say it is not my fault, but in 9 years of DLs for XP, I feel I know what buttons to push when.

 I do have XP 10 installed.   I am going to try this on a computer that has never DL'd anything from XP.

I have a friend who has tried for a week now and cannot get the demo for XP10  and he has never DL'd it before.  I have been trying to help him.  He gets the same thing. I even sent him an old Installer dated from July 7th, 2016  and it does the same thing also.



commented by (19.3k points)

You can manually clear your DRM cache by deleting the files:

  • X-Plane_drm.prf
  • X-Plane_install_10.txt
  • X-Plane_XDD.prf
On OS X it’s in users/(username)/Library/Preferences/ .
On Windows the file will be in the user’s local app data folder, e.g. C:\Users\nnnn\AppData\Local\.
commented by (53 points)

Thank you for taking the time to answer my query. I know how swamped you are with the Gateway board and this one and others, I am sure.   

I will try this out and hopefully get a download done.

Thank you