Now that the Forza Horizon 5 is finally here, the last thing you want to deal with is the game crashing on startup. While it’s hard to tell how pervasive the problem is, it seems to affect the PC version rather than the console – which is perhaps not surprising when you consider the variation of components and builds across the platform.

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If you haven’t already, it’s worth checking the system requirements of the Forza Horizon 5 to make sure your machine can run it. Assuming everything is fine, there are a few fixes you can try to get it up and running on your PC. Here’s what you can try to prevent the Forza Horizon 5 hit the launch.

Forza Horizon crashing on startup: fixes for trying

The good news is that Playground Games is aware of the issue and has several fixes to try. I’ve summarized this below, along with a list of software that may cause issues with the latest version of Power, lower.

  • Log into Windows and start the game as an administrator
  • Check for Windows 10 Updates
  • Check which software you are running (see below)
  • Disable Windows Defender (but don’t forget to turn it back on)
  • Disable Windows game mode

Software to check before launching Power Horizon 5

It is known that specific software conflicts with the Forza Horizon 5, so check the list below and disable the installed ones. In the case of anti-virus or anti-malware software, be sure to re-enable it as soon as you finish playing.

O Forza Horizon 5 does not work with the following software:

  • Trend Micro Maximum Security
  • Comodo Antivirus
  • Sophos
  • Emisoft Anti-Malware
  • Avira
  • Avast
  • Firewall Bitdefender
  • AVG

These applications can cause instability and crashes in the Power Horizon 5:

  • Logitech G Hub
  • Servidor MSI Afterburner / Riva Tuner Statistics
  • EVGA Precision
  • OBS
  • Xsplit
  • Discord
  • MacType
  • Warsaw Banking App
  • Wallpaper Engine
  • A-Volute Sound Studio
  • udio Nahimic
  • Sonic Audio

Some power monitoring software can also cause issues, so if none of the above fixes fix the crash issue, it’s worth turning them off as well.

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