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How to Fix Forza Horizon 5 Crashing on PC

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PC players looking to start up Forza Horizon 5 have been encountering a crash. Here's how to fix it.

Forza Horizon 5 early access is out today on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows. Some PC players, however, have been having some trouble starting the game up. An unfortunate crash has been preventing the game from launching, causing some extra frustration for players hoping to jump straight into this latest racer.

So what's causing the crash? Well, there seem to be some usual suspects. Here's what you need to know.

How to Fix Forza Horizon 5 Crashing on PC

A possible fix for the Forza Horizon 5 crash is by disabling any anti-virus software you might have running in the background. The official Forza Support website lists a number of anti-virus programs which will prevent the game from booting up:

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

In addition, the following list of software applications can cause the game to either fail to launch or crash while playing. It's recommended that these applications are disabled or uninstalled prior to launching the game:

  • 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

The support page also recommends disabling Game Mode in Windows and to close any overclocking, hardware monitoring, streaming, recording, and any nonessential apps while you play the game.