Forza Horizon 4 PC Doesn't Start Launch Fix Guide

If you can't start or launch Forza Horizon 4 Steam version on your PC, then follow this guide for several possible solutions.

Forza Horizon 4 has been out on Steam, but many players who bought the game were unable to launch it on their PCs. This is quite a common problem, but there are many solutions depending on your individual situation. Let's go into some possible options for how to fix Forza Horizon 4 that doesn't launch on PC.

Before attempting to fix your game launch issues, please make sure that you're running the game on Windows 10. Any other OS won't be able to launch the Forza Horizon 4 on PC. Also, make sure that you have at least 8GB of RAM, Intel Core i3-4170 processor or higher, and Nvidia GTX 650Ti or AMD R7 250X graphics cards or higher.

Turn Off Incompatible Software

One of the biggest issues that PC players encounter is that they run other programs while trying to launch Forza Horizon 4. Here is a list of all incompatible software that should be turned off during the game's launch:

  • EVGA Precision XOC
  • MSI Afterburner
  • RTSS
  • Logitech G Hub
  • 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

Also, make sure that you don't use any of the following anti-virus programs:

  • Trend Micro Maximum Security
  • Comodo Antivirus
  • Sophos
  • Emisoft
  • Avira
  • Avast
  • Bitdefender Firewall

Lastly, deactivate Windows Defender by following these steps:

  1. Press the "Start" button.
  2. Go to "Settings" option
  3. Click on "Update & Security" tab
  4. Select "Windows Security" option
  5. Go to "Virus & threat protection"
  6. Choose "Settings"
  7. Disable Windows Defender's real-time scanning

Windows 10 Administration

If your game still doesn't launch, then following a few essential Windows 10 administration rules should fix the problem:

  • Restart your PC after each launch of the game
  • Log-in to your Windows 10 system as Administrator
  • Update your Windows 10 using the official update assistant
  • Update your graphics card drivers

Another important detail that you shouldn't overlook is to make sure that your time and date settings are correct:

  1. Right-click on the clock in the start menu
  2. Select "Adjust Date/Time" option
  3. Uncheck and check again the "Set time zone automatically" feature
  4. Restart your PC

Microsoft Visual C++ Fix

The problem may also appear due to the errors in the Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable programs. Here's how you can fix it:

  1. Press Win+R key combination
  2. Type in "appwiz.cpl" in the search field
  3. Press Ok to open "Programs and Features" window
  4. Type in "Visual C++" in the search field
  5. Uninstall all versions found in the list (Execute and press "Uninstall")
  6. Download new Microsoft Visual C++ programs here.
  7. Unzip the downloaded archive
  8. Right-click on the "install_all.bat" file
  9. Choose "Run as Administrator" option
  10. Wait for the installation to complete
  11. Restart your PC

With a fresh set of Microsoft Visual C++ programs your game should launch without any issues.

All these solutions should fix the Forza Horizon 4 launch issues on Steam. Share this article with your firends, if it helped your problem.


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 Mar. 19th 2021

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