Forza Horizon 5 Not Installing/Working/Opening On Xbox App Windows 10 & 11 FIX - Windows Basics


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 Not Installing/Working/Opening On Xbox App Windows 10 & 11 FIX

One of the biggest titles of 2021, Forza Horizon 5, is finally available for everyone to try. The game is definitely one of the best Racing Games I have ever laid my hands on and I can guarantee that even if you are not a fan of Racing Games you will love this.

The game has hundreds of the biggest cars in the world. And no less a visual wonder. Forza Horizon 5 features our most diverse, adventurous and social open world, inviting players to lead breathtaking expeditions through Mexico's vibrant and ever-evolving landscapes with fun driving stunts. Fun, unlimited on hundreds of the world's greatest cars. IGN gave the game a 10/10 rating, calling it 'Masterpiece'.

The game comes with some technical issues. But, that's to be expected from a big game like this. Some PC players are experiencing crashes and launch issues in the game. Good thing the developers have suggested some fixes for that. Check them out.

How to Troubleshoot Errors and Launches in Forza 5

Check out Forza Horizon 5's minimum system requirements

Before you continue this article, I want you to check the minimum requirements for the game. Because if your PC does not meet the requirements, 100% of the game crashes. Here are the requirements:

As you can see, you need at least a GTX 970 or RX 470 to run the game. If you're using a GPU that doesn't have enough VRAM to render all the textures in the game, the game will almost crash every time there's a demanding scene on your screen.

If you have an onboard graphics processor, make sure to set the priority to PCI-E > PCI > Integrated Graphics / Integrated GPU in the BIOS.

Forza Horizon 5 requires Windows 10 1909

At the very least, you need to install the Windows 10 1909 November 2019 update to launch the game. If you haven't updated Windows 10 in a while or are using Windows 7 or 8.1. I'm sorry to say that Forza Horizon 5 will not launch on your system. You can try all you want.

Administrator account

Sign in to Windows 10/11 with a Local Administrator Account. This has fixed the majority of cases reported for Forza 5, so far.

Check for updates for Windows 10

Always make sure you have the latest updates for Windows 10 by clicking Start and typing ‘Updates’ in the search box.

Here is the updated Windows assistant:

Once you've updated, perform a complete shutdown and reboot of your machine.

1. Turn Off Windows Defender or other Anti-virus programs

  1. Open Start.
  2. Open Settings
  3. Click Update & Security
  4. Click Windows Security. This tab is in the upper-left side of the window.
  5. Click Virus & threat protection
  6. Click Virus & threat protection settings
  7. Disable Windows Defender’s real-time scanning
  8. Set game priority to high
  9. Turn off any overlays

Forza Horizon 5 will not boot if you are using any of the following virus checkers.

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

2. Reset or Repair Forza Horizon 5 to fix crashes

If you are playing Forza Horizon 5 on the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC, then you can actually repair the game. This will fix the game if there are any sorts of missing or broken files. 

  1. Go to your Windows Settings
  2. Select Apps & features
  3. Look for Forza Horizon 5 from the app list
  4. Click on Forza 5 once you find it (Just use sort by : size)
  5. Select Advanced options
  6. Click on Repair/Reset
  7. Wait until the process is completed
  8. Restart the Xbox app

3. Crashes due to Software

The game does not explicitly support and may even see certain applications/software as a conflict or threat and as such refuse to run, or run with crashes.

Disable ALL background software or applications including, Antivirus, Firewalls, and any FPS boosting or monitoring software.

The following list of software applications can cause Forza Horizon 5 to either fail to launch or crash while playing. Please make sure you either disable or uninstall to ensure successful gameplay.

  • 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

If you are using OBS, Xsplit, or any other streaming programs, please set your source to display capture.

I would suggest disabling Game Mode in Windows and close any overclocking, hardware monitoring, streaming, recording, and any nonessential apps while you play the game.

4. Install the latest Microsoft Visual Studio

Please try downloading and installing the latest version of Visual C++ redistributable, as there’s a chance it hasn’t been installed correctly.

Turn off any extra Power monitoring software

  • MSI DragonCenter
  • RyzenMaster
  • Gamefast from Dells Killer Control Center
  • Any software installed that may be adjusting or monitoring power settings

5. Make sure your Power settings are correct

  • Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options
  • Change to High Performance
  • Perform a Full Shutdown (not restart)

6. Updates from Microsoft Store Game Services

If you open your Microsoft Store app and go to downloads and updates. You will find many pending downloads. There are some important services, like Microsoft Game Services, that you need to update.

7. Make sure the Date/Time on your PC is Correct

  • Right click on the clock on your start menu.
  • Select Adjust Date/Time.
  • Uncheck then re-tick 'Set time zone automatically.'
  • Restart your PC.

8. Missing/Corrupted files

The game may have encountered an issue with a recent update (Windows, Drivers, Content) and refuses to run with crashes or missing updates.

  • Ensure you have the MOST recent Windows 10 update
  • Make sure your Graphics Card is updated with the latest patch, after Windows update
  • Full re-installation of the title.

9. Try moving Forza Horizon 5 it to a different drive

You can try moving the game to a different drive. For some users, crashes may be attributed to low disk space on the drive where the game is installed. Freeing up space on that drive or moving the game to a different drive will provide additional virtual memory to run the game.

  • Press the Windows key and search for Apps & features
  • Click on Forza Horizon 5
  • Click on the Move buttone
  • Choose a new drive from the drop-down menu.
  • Click Move to automatically move the game to a new home.

10. Reset Microsoft Store

You can use the steps below to refresh the Microsoft Store, which will clear your cache and refresh your library permissions. This fixes the majority of cases.

  • Close the Windows Store app if you open it
  • Click Start and type WSRESET, without the quotes
  • Right click on the command and click on Run as Administrator. If Windows permissions box appears, click Yes or Run
  • A black MS Dos screen will appear for a few seconds. Wait for it to disappear and the Store will automatically open
  • Trying to install Forza 5

11. Use SFC /Scannow to Repair Windows System Files

  • Open Start. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  • Type the sfc /scannow command and then press Enter.
  • Restart your computer if sfc /scannow repaired files. System File Checker may or may not prompt you to restart but even if it doesn't, you should restart anyway.


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