Forza Horizon 5: Crashing on PC Fix

If your game crashes on startup or during gameplay, then check out this crashing on PC fix guide for Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 crashing on PC isn't entirely uncommon, with many who own the game on PC finding themselves crashing on launch or otherwise. There are many possible reasons why these crashes might be occuring. Our guide will provide you with the crashing on PC fix for Forza Horizon 5.

Crashes can happen on startup, during or after the first conematic, during the launch menu, or even when you try to swap certain elements of the car. In all these cases, it is important to go through all the solutions listed below.

Check Minimum System Requirements

You should always check minimum requirements before buying a game on PC, but just in case you didn't this time compare the following minimum requirements with your current specs to see if you can run the game properly:

  • OS Version: Windows 10 (November 2019 Update 1909)
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel i5-4460
  • GPU: Radeon RX 470 4GB / nVidia GTX 970 4GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 110 GB

Run the Game as Administrator

If you're playing Forza Horizon 5 on Steam, then do the following

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Forza Horizon 5 game
  4. Go to "Manage" option
  5. Select "Add Desktop Shortcut" option
  6. Go to your desktop
  7. Right-click on the Forza Horizon 5 icon
  8. Select "Run as Administrator" option

If you're playing via Xbox Game Pass app, then do the following:

  1. Press Win+R key combination
  2. Type in the following command: shell:AppsFolder
  3. Press Enter and find Forza Horizon 5 in the list
  4. Right-click on the game and select "Send: Desktop Shortcut"
  5. Go to your desktop
  6. Right-click on the Forza Horizon 5 icon
  7. Select "Run as Administrator" option

Update Your Windows System

If you Windows is older than November 2019 Update 1909, then you need to update it as soon as possible.

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" tab
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature
  4. Select "Windows Update" feature
  5. Click on "Check for Updates" option

Reset the Game Application

The crashing can be also caused by Microsoft Store. In that case you need to reset the game application.

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" tab
  3. Select "Apps & Features" option
  4. Go to "Forza Horizon 5"
  5. Click on "Advanced Options"
  6. Press "Reset" button

Disable All Incompatible Software

Unfortunately, Forza Horizon 5 has conflicts with a whole slew of programs, including Discord. Try to disable any of the following software if they are running when trying to play the game:

  • Trend Micro Maximum Security
  • Comodo Antivirus
  • Sophos
  • Emisoft Anti-Malware
  • Avira
  • Avast
  • Bitdefender Firewall
  • AVG
  • Logitech G Hub
  • MSI Afterburner / Riva Tuner Statistics Server
  • EVGA Precision
  • OBS
  • Xsplit
  • Discord
  • MacType
  • Warsaw Banking App
  • Wallpaper Engine
  • A-Volute Sound studio
  • Nahimic Audio
  • Sonic Audio
  • MSI DragonCenter
  • RyzenMaster
  • Gamefast from Dells Killer Control Center

Turn Off Windows Defender

Besides the third-pary antivirus programs, Forza Horizon 5 can also be flagged by Windows Defender, so turn it off as well.

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" tab
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab
  5. Select "Virus and Threat Protection" feature
  6. Go to "Manage Settings" option
  7. Set the real-time protection to OFF

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Follow these instructions to update nVidia graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest nVidia graphics drivers from the official page
  2. Start the installation process
  3. Restart your PC when finished

Follow these instructions to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest ATI Radeon graphics drivers from the official page
  2. Start the installation process
  3. Restart your PC when finished

Verify Integrity of Your Game Files

At times the game can be badly installed, so try to verify these files in Steam application.

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Forza Horizon 5 game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab
  6. Select "Verify Integrity of Game Files" feature

If you're playing the game on Xbox Gamepass, then simply uninstall and re-install the game.

Set the Time/Date Correctly

Finally, your PC clock can be creating issues duirng the game startup, so perform the clock reset by following these steps:

  1. Right-click on the PC clock
  2. Select "Adjust Date/Time"
  3. Uncheck the "Set time zone automatically" option
  4. Restart your PC

Hopefully, this crashing on PC fix guide for Forza Horizon 5 helped you find the right solution to your problem. Also, be sure to read our official Forza Horizon 5 review!

Correspondent

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Nov. 10th 2021

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