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Yes you can run MSFS on a laptop. But it has to be quite a good laptop. These are the requirements to run MSFS according to Steam:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system.
  • OS: Windows 10.
  • Processor: Intel i5-4460 | AMD Ryzen 3 1200.
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 | AMD Radeon RX 570.
  • DirectX: Version 11.
  • Storage: 150 GB available space.

If the laptop meets those requirements, than you're good to go. 
And it's definitely helpful if the laptop is even better than just the requirements...

TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI), AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core Processor, 32Gb RAM, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, Windows 10, TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition, Samsung SYNCMASTER TA550

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I have been running MSFS on a laptop since shortly after its release, and I have had very few problems (that were not of my own making.)  It probably helps that I run an essentially "clean" copy with no add-ons or third-party software, and I have very few other programs or apps on the laptop, pretty much just Microsoft's Office suite and a couple of browsers.


FWIW, my laptop is a Dell Alienware m17 R3


Windows 11 Home 64-bit, x64-based processor

Intel i9-10980HK CPU @ 2.40GHz (16 CPUs)


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super

DirectX 12

1.5 TB disc space, >700 GB available after installing MSFS (and everything else on the computer)


As you might expect, I spent about twice as much as I usually have for laptops in the past, more than $3000 a few years ago.

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