Fix: Forza Horizon 5 not Launching on Windows 11 PC

Practical steps to launch Forza Horizon 5 right away

by Matthew Adams
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  • Forza Horizon 5 Windows 11 crashing issues can be due to conflicting antivirus programs and other software and missing game files.
  • Disabling or uninstalling startup programs is one potential fix for Forza Horizon 5 not working issues.
  • Some users might need to select certain compatibility options if Forza Horizon 5 is not launching.
  • Verifying or resetting the game might also kick-start the game for some players.

Horizon 5 does have a few stability issues. Some players have reported Forza Horizon 5 Windows 11 crashing at startup or soon after starting the game. So, it might run for a few minutes before crashing for some players. However, other players can’t get the game started when it crashes at startup.

Either way, Forza Horizon 5 isn’t playable if it’s not launching in Windows 11 or when it crashes all the time, and we are here to address these issues.

Why won’t Forza Horizon 5 launch on Windows 11?

From the feedback we get from users, there may be a few things that will lead to crashes in the game. At the top of the list are the following:

  • Program conflicts – Conflicting programs is a widely cited cause for Forza Horizon 5 in Windows 11 not working. Many users have needed to remove, or at least disable, antivirus software to fix the game.
  • Outdated graphics card – Forza Horizon 5 is a new game with some flashy graphical effects. Therefore, outdated or faulty graphics card drivers are another potential cause for Forza Horizon 5 Windows 11 crashing.
  • Installation problems – The game might not launch because of a faulty or broken installation. In other words, it hasn’t been installed correctly, with specific files either missing or corrupted.

Users have complained about Forza Horizon 5 game Pass not working, not launching on PC Steam, and crashing on startup. Regardless of the triggers, you should find our solutions helpful.

What can I do if Forza Horizon 5 is not launching on Windows 11 PC?

1. Run Horizon 5 as an administrator

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If you don’t have one already, add a Forza Horizon 5 shortcut to Windows 11’s desktop. You can do that simply by dragging the game app from the Start menu onto the desktop.
  1. Right-click Horizon 5’s desktop shortcut icon to select Properties.
    Properties option forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  2. Click the Compatibility tab.
  3. Then select the Run as an administrator checkbox.
    The Run this program as an administrator checkbox orza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  4. Select Apply and OK to save the setting.
  5. After that, click the Forza Horizon 5 desktop shortcut to run the game.

If you’re a Steam player, try configuring the Steam client software to run as an administrator. Our run Steam as an administrator guide provides all the details.

2. Reset the game app

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This resolution only applies to players who downloaded Horizon 5 from Microsoft Store.
  1. To bring up a search tool, click the taskbar’s magnifying glass button.
    magnifying glass button forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  2. Input apps and features within the search utility’s text box, and select Installed apps to bring up a list of installed apps in Settings.
    Forza Horizon 5 not launching on pc Windows 11
  3. Next, click Horizon 5’s three-dot button to select Advanced options.
    Advanced options forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  4. Press the Reset button for the game.
    Reset button forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  5. Click Reset to confirm the selected option.

3. Verify integrity of game files

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This resolution is for players who have installed Horizon 5 with Steam.
  1. Launch the Steam gaming client software.
  2. Click the Library tab within Steam.
  3. Right-click Forza Horizon 5 within your games library to select Properties.
  4. Next, click the Local Files tab, then select the Verify Integrity of Game Cache option.
  5. Wait for the validation process to finish, and then click the Close button.

4. Disable Game Mode

  1. Bring up Windows 11’s search box, type the keyword Game Mode in the search tool’s text box, then select the Game Mode settings search result.
  2. Switch Game Mode’s On button off.

5. Disable or uninstall third-party antivirus software

First, try disabling any third-party software installed on your PC. You can usually do that by right-clicking system tray icons for antivirus tools and selecting disable (or turn off) settings on their context menus. Select to disable the antivirus software for a few hours before running Horizon 5.

However, some users might need to completely uninstall their antivirus software to fix Forza Horizon 5 not launching in Windows 11.

If disabling the antivirus utility doesn’t do the trick, consider removing it via Programs and Features. These are some of the antivirus tools confirmed to conflict with the game:

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

6. Update the graphics driver

  1. Open an NVIDIA or AMD driver download page in your browser, depending on your PC’s graphics card type.
  2. Choose your graphics card model on the website’s menus, and click the Search or Submit button.
  3. Press the Download button for the compatible driver listed for your graphics card.
  4. Open the folder that includes the downloaded driver package.
  5. Double-click the NVIDIA or AMD driver package to open its setup wizard and install.

You can utilize third-party driver updater software as an alternative to manual download and installation. Outbyte Driver Updater is a utility that will scan your PC’s devices and list those with outdated drivers. You can select download and install options in that utility to update the drivers.

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To check what driver your PC graphics card already has, right-click Start and select Device Manager. Expand the display adapter category and right-click your graphics card to select Properties. Click the Driver tab to check the graphics card’s current driver version.

7. Clean-boot Windows 11

  1. Open Run by pressing the Windows key + R hotkey and selecting its shortcut on the menu.
  2. To bring up the MSConfig tool, input this command in the text box and click OK: msconfig
  3. Click the Selective radio button, and deselect the Load startup items option. Make sure you’ve got the options for Load system startup services and Use original boot configuration selected.
    The Load startup items checkbox forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  4. Select the Services tab in System Configuration and click the checkbox for Hide all Microsoft services to select that option.
    The Hide all Microsoft services checkbox window forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  5. Press the Disable all button for all the remaining services.
  6. Select Apply to save the new boot configuration options, then click OK to exit System Configuration.
  7. Press the Restart button within the dialog prompt for rebooting.
  8. After restarting, try rerunning Forza Horizon 5.

Does this resolution fix the issue? If so, there was probably a program conflicting with Horizon 5. You’ll need to figure out what program that was if you want to play the game with the original boot configuration restored. These are some programs known to cause Horizon 5 to crash:

  • MSI Afterburner
  • OBS
  • Discord
  • Nahimic Audio
  • Sonic Audio
  • Wallpaper Engine
  • Logitech G Hub
  • Xsplit
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Select the Load startup items checkbox within the System Configuration window to restore the original boot configuration. Press the Services tab’s Enable all button to restore the disabled third-party services.

8. Reinstall Horizon 5

  1. To bring up a search tool, click the taskbar’s magnifying glass button.magnifying glass button forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  2. Input apps and features within the search utility’s text box, and select Installed apps to bring up a list of installed apps in Settings.Forza Horizon 5 not launching on pc Windows 11
  3. Click the three-dot button for the Horizon 5 game, and select Uninstall on the menu.
    Uninstall option forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  4. Before reinstalling the game, click the Power and Restart Start menu options.
  5. Open the Start menu, and select Microsoft Store there.
  6. Type Horizon 5 in the MS Store app’s search box.
  7. Click the Forza Horizon 5 search result to open its MS Store page.
    Forza Horizon 5 MS Store page forza horizon 5 windows 11 crashing
  8. Then download and reinstall the game from there.
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If you’ve installed Horizon 5 with Steam, you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall the game within the Steam client software. Check out our guide on how to safely uninstall Steam games for further details.

If those resolutions aren’t enough to fix Forza Horizon 5 Windows 11 crashing for you, consider contacting Forza Support service for further suggestions. To submit a support request to that service, you’ll need to sign in to the Forza Support website with a Microsoft account.

You can also discuss Forza Horizon 5 Windows 11 crashing in the comments section below. Feel free to post any troubleshooting questions there. Players who have discovered other ways to fix Horizon 5 are also most welcome to share their methods below.

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