How to fix the Forza Horizon 5 crash at launch issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest entry in the open-world racing series from Playground Games, and Xbox Game Studios. The title is finally available for owners of the Premium Edition on PC and consoles. It is the most highest-rated title of the year and is claimed by many as the best entry in the franchise yet. The game looks stunning and runs very well on a wide variety of systems as well. However, if you are running into the Forza Horizon 5 crash at launch issue, here are a few things you can try to fix that.

The title officially comes out for everyone on 9th November 2021. It is still a few days away, and Game Pass users will be getting it too. If you have Game Pass, you can actually pre-load the title, and be ready for when it unlocks the Standard Edition.

Fixing the Forza Horizon 5 crash at launch issue

Many users currently have access to the title, and while it runs very well, multiple users have reported that the game is crashing at the start. This isn’t new for Forza titles, and not something that can’t be fixed. Usually, it isn’t the hardware limitations causing the problem, but software interference. Try the following methods to fix the issue.

Add an exception to your Anti-virus software

This is the most common cause for a crash at launch in Forza titles, and it isn’t different this time. Whatever third-party, or first-party anti-virus software you are using, add Forza Horizon 5 to its exceptions/exclusions list. If you can’t do that, please disable the anti-virus software entirely, and play the game that way. For some reason, a lot of these, especially Bitdefender interfere with the title.

The Exclusions section in Windows Security allows you to add folders, and applications to the exceptions list
Add exclusions in Windows

According to the Support page, the following anti-virus checkers prevent the game from booting.

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

Disable Nahimic Service

For some users, the audio service Nahimic can interfere with the game and cause it to crash. To disable it, follow the steps below.

  • Type in System Configuration in Windows Search and open the result
System Configuration lets you enable, or disable various services in Windows
System Configuration
  • Select the Services tab
The Services tab will allow you to view all the different services in Windows
Services Tab
  • Search for Nahimic and disable it
Disabling the Nahimic service can potentially fix the Forza Horizon 5 crash at launch issue
Nahimic Service
  • Restart your PC

Updade your Windows

Please ensure that you are on the latest version of Windows. Forza Horizon 5 requires that you are at least on Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher.

You can check for updates for Windows simply by search for Update in Search bar, and clicking the "Check for updates" button
Windows Update

Verify Game Files (Steam)

  • Right-click on Forza Horizon 5 in your library, and click Properties
  • Now, in the LOCAL FILES tab, select Verify Integrity of local files…
You can verify the game files in Steam to potentially fix the Forza Horizon 5 crash at launch issue
Verify integrity of local files

This will download any corrupted or missing files, that were compromised during the download or installation process.

Run Forza Horizon 5 as an admin (Steam)

  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Here, right-click on Forza Horizon 5
  • Click Manage
  • Then select Browse local files
You can browse local files of any Steam title through Library
Browse local files
  • Right-click on ForzaHorizon5.exe and select Properties
  • Click the Compatibility tab
  • Check “Run this program as an administrator

Launch Steam again, and then Forza Horizon5. See if this made any difference.

Manually update your GPU Drivers

Ensure that you are on the latest drivers of your GPU which add support for Forza Horizon 5. You can get the latest ones from the links below.

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.

We hope this guide helped fix the Forza Horizon5 crash at launch issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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