Forza Horizon 5 technical issues


Forza Horizon 5 technical issues

The endless kaleidoscope of Horizon adventures awaits! Take exciting journeys through the incredibly beautiful and distinctive world of Mexico behind the wheel of the greatest cars in history.

Forza Horizon 5  is developed by Playground Games. If you have technical problems with the game, then first of all check your PC for compliance with the system requirements.

If you yourself managed to find a solution to any problem, please help other users and write about your solution in the comments.

Important : Windows version is not lower than Win 10 ( 15063.0 ).

Important : Below are general guidelines and troubleshooting tips. The best way to fix the problem is to contact developer technical support .

Forza Horizon 5 not full screen

Press ALT + ENTER. Check your game settings (windowed mode, resolution, etc.). In some cases, changing the refresh rate (in the Nvidia Control Panel) from 60 Hz to 59 Hz (click "Apply"), and back to 60 Hz helps. Another way: also in the Nvidia control panel go to the section "Adjusting the size and position of the desktop". In the upper right corner, click "Restore".

Forza Horizon 5 has stopped launching

What changes did you make to the computer? Perhaps the problem was caused by the installation of a new program. Open the list of installed programs (Start -> Add or Remove Programs), sort by date. Remove recently installed. Reinstall Forza Horizon 5.

Also check your Task Manager. If there are copies of Forza Horizon 5 processes running, end all of them.

Controls not working in Forza Horizon 5

Unplug the input device (gamepad, mouse) from the USB and plug it back in. If your mouse and keyboard don't work, try disconnecting your controller and other USB devices.

Error installing Forza Horizon 5

Not installed. The path to the game should not contain foreign letters, only Latin. Check and clean your hard drive (in rare cases, replacing the SATA cable can help). Try changing the installation path.

Microsoft Visual C ++ 2015 error

"The following component (s) are required to run this program: Microsoft Visual C ++ 2015 Runtime"

Install the missing library from Microsoft

DirectX error in Forza Horizon 5


Recommendations for resolving the error

  • Perform a "clean" install of the video card driver only . Don't install audio, GeForce Experience ... Same for AMD.
  • Disable the second monitor (if available) and any other peripherals.
  • Disable G-Sync.
  • Use System File Checker
  • For NVIDIA cards. Right click on the desktop -> NVIDIA Control Panel. At the top, where File, Edit, View ... click "Help" and turn on "Debug Mode".
  • Sometimes the cause may be overheating of the video card. Use FurMark utility to test your graphics card under load. Try to lower the frequencies. For more information, see the Internet on request: undervolting and lowering the frequency of the video card.

DLL error in Forza Horizon 5

Errors of the form: dll is missing, d3d11.dll, msvcp110.dll not found and others.

IMPORTANT : It is not recommended to download DLL files from third party sites in an attempt to replace your missing or corrupted DLL files. Use this option only as a last resort.

Common actions when a DLL error occurs :

  • Reboot your computer
  • Recover the deleted DLL file from the recycle bin (or use a file recovery program). Of course, this option will work if you deleted the file
  • Scan your computer for viruses and malware
  • Use System Restore (see instructions on the Internet)
  • Reinstall Forza Horizon 5
  • Update your drivers
  • Using the System File Checker in Windows 10 (see online instructions)
  • Update Windows if patches are available
  • Perform a clean install of Windows
  • If the DLL error persists after a clean install of Windows, then the problem is not with the software, but with the components of your PC.

Errors with specific DLLs

MSVCP140.dll error message. You need to update / install the Visual C ++ package
This can be done at the link

If you have any USB controllers (or other devices) connected to your network, try unplugging them. Crashes on startup with crash module names ntdll.dll and EZFRD64.DLL can (in particular for the latter) be related to USB controllers or PS2 to USB adapters (for various games).

If you get api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll errors on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, Microsoft has released a patch to fix this problem.

If you receive an error message MSVCR120.dll, go to C: \ Windows \ System 32 and search for "MSVCR120.dll". Delete this file. Go to C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Steam \ steamapps \ common \ Forza Horizon 5 \ _CommonRedist \ vcredist \ 2013 and run "vcredist_x64.exe". Then click "repair".

Low FPS in Forza Horizon 5

Of course, the best way to optimize is to upgrade the hardware, but before that you can try to take the following steps. Update your graphics card driver. Reboot your computer. Reduce the resolution and select a low quality visual effect in the options for Forza Horizon 5. It is not recommended to use all kinds of "boosters" and accelerators, because they may contain malware, and besides, their effectiveness is often poor. While you are only putting your PC at risk. Reinstall Windows. This method should be used as a last resort if other methods do not work. The bottom line is that after several years of work, the "operating system" is overgrown with unnecessary services and unnecessary processes so much that the execution of programs is significantly slowed down. 

Optimizing Forza Horizon 5 on PC

This is a pretty big question. There are several steps you can take to increase your FPS.

Forza Horizon 5 Optimization Tips

Update your
Nvidia / AMD graphics card driver

Use lowered graphics settings

This is the most obvious, but also the most effective way. Try to lower the graphics settings in the game and set the lowest possible resolution. The settings for shadows, anti-aliasing, detail, draw distance and texture quality can have a big impact on the frame rate.

Overclocking your processor and video card

Providing good cooling, you can try overclocking the clock speed of the processor or video card. MSI Afterburner is one of the popular graphics card overclocking software. In addition, it offers many additional features. For example, it can be used to obtain information about the components of a computer. Many modern motherboards already come with software in which you can increase the frequency of your video card or processor. Please note that some processors, in principle, cannot be overclocked. Overclocking is a good option if you have a separate system unit. But, for example, with laptops it is better not to risk it, since the cooling possibilities in them are very limited. For detailed overclocking steps, see the instructions for the specialized software.

You can optimize the graphics settings of Forza Horizon 5 in NVIDIA GeForce Experience

AMD Gaming Evolved / NVIDIA GeForce Experience / Intel HD Graphics Control Panel - special utilities with useful functions, including game optimization.

Use utilities to clean up junk and unnecessary files

On the Internet, you can find a large selection of utilities to clean your PC. BleachBit is a trusted program for tweaking, optimizing and cleaning your system.

Defragmenting the hard drive

Open the properties of the hard drive. On the Tools tab -> click the Defragment (or Optimize) button. In the same place, check and clean up the disk in the properties.


Control Panel Open NVIDIA (or AMD) Control Panel, go to the Manage 3D Settings (NVIDIA) tab, or Games -> 3D Application Settings (AMD). Here you can set global graphics processing settings if necessary. Or go to Adjust Preview Image Settings (for NVIDIA), then Custom Settings -> Performance by dragging the slider to the left.

Remove unnecessary programs from startup

Click the Start button (or the Windows logo key to the left of the spacebar). Enter the msconfig command, press Enter. In the system configuration window that opens, on the "Startup" tab (in Win 10, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE and open the same tab). You will see a list of programs that automatically boot with Windows. Disable downloading unnecessary programs (disable only known programs, otherwise you may disrupt your computer). Reboot your computer. Do not run applications (antivirus, Skype, etc.). Launch Forza Horizon 5.

OS Optimization

Disable visual effects, deactivate unused services, unused libraries, and more.

Use a USB flash drive as RAM

Right-click on the USB drive and select Properties. In the "Ready Boost" section, check "Use this device".

Forza Horizon 5 and error 0xc000007b

This application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). The most common reason for the error when starting the application 0xc000007b is problems with the NVidia drivers.

Possible solutions

  1. Reinstall the video card drivers
  2. Try to run the game as administrator
  3. Install / update DirectX, Visual C ++, .Net Framework. Download all files only from the  official Microsoft website.
  4. Open the command line "Run" from the "Start" menu and write sfc / scannow. With this command, your PC will scan the system files and fix some errors.
  5. Remove unnecessary software that may conflict with the video driver. Basically, these are various graphics "enhancers". The fewer additional applications you have, the better.

Method with Dependency Walker 64bit Program

  1. Download and extract  Dependency Walker 64bit .
  2. Run the program, go to View> Full paths . Now select the file .exe Forza Horizon 5. After you have selected the .exe of the game, a window may pop up in which you will see errors, just close it. In the module section  , scroll down to the bottom of the error and you will see several values ​​in the columns.
  3. Now in the CPU column all DLL files should be x64-bit for your game. If there is an x86 dll file it will be in the red column CPU. It is this file that causes the error 0xc000007b.
  4. Now go to and download the 64-bit version of this DLL file there and place it in the root folder with the game and in C: \ Windows \ system32 . The game should now start without problems.

Forza Horizon 5 freezes

Persistent freezes can be the cause of overclocking or other problem causing the PC to become unstable. Remove the overclocking of PC elements, provided that it is used. Diagnose the processor, RAM, video card. Special applications can be downloaded from the Internet.

Forza Horizon 5 black screen

A black screen, as well as a white screen, or other colors, can mean various errors, however, most often this refers to a specific problem on the part of the video subsystem, and less often the source of the error is RAM. In addition, disable the overclocking of the video card and / or processor, provided that it is in use.

Solutions to this error

Launching Forza Horizon 5 in Windowed Mode

Windowed mode on Steam

  1. Open the Steam library
  2. Right click on Forza Horizon 5, and open "Properties"
  3. Go to the "General" tab and click "Set launch options"
  4. Add -windowed
Windowed mode via .exe

  1. Right click on the shortcut of the game on the desktop, and go to "Properties"
  2. In the line "Object" after the quotes (") add" -windowed "
  3. "C: \ Games \ Forza Horizon 5 \ Bin \ Win64 \ Forza Horizon 5.exe" –windowed

Close video recording programs

Video recording programs such as OBS Studio, Camtasia Studio, Dxtory, etc. can be one of the reasons for the black screen.

Also, applications related to video processing in games can cause problems. For example: VibranceGUI, Saturation Toggler, etc. Various modifications can also lead to an error. Do not forget the main rule: the fewer applications running concurrently with the game, the better. Remove all unnecessary things.

Memory check

Occasionally, the culprit is the PC's RAM.

  1. Test using a RAM test application. 
  2. Try installing RAM modules in different slots.
  3. If you have multiple modules, try leaving only one.
  4. For more information on memory diagnostics, see the Internet.

Nothing happens after launching Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 won't launch from Steam

Method 1: Restart the Steam Client

Solution 2: Exit Steam and navigate to C: \ Program Files \ Steam \ (or which one you chose when installing Steam).

Delete the files listed below:

- ClientRegistry.blob

- steam.dll

Restart your computer.

After that, run Steam.exe from the folder where Steam is installed, not from a shortcut on your desktop.

Try launching Forza Horizon 5.

Note . These actions will not affect your installed games.

If the problem persists, make sure your computer and network are Steam-optimized:

Download and install VC ++ 2013.

And other required libraries.

General recommendations

Try uninstalling Visual C ++. Then install Visual C ++ from the game folder:

  1. Go to the Steam Library
  2. Select Forza Horizon 5 from the list
  3. Right click on the game and select "Properties"
  4. Select "Local Files"
  5. Select Browse Local Files ...
  6. Go to the \ _CommonRedist \ vcredist folder
If Forza Horizon 5 won't launch and there are no errors. If this is the first launch, then just try to wait.

Recommendations from the developers :

Update your graphics card drivers

Also make sure you are using the latest versions of Nvidia PhysX (for Nvidia graphics cards) and DirectX.

Make sure the option is set to "Application Controlled" in the Nvidia Control Panel settings.

Try to run the game as administrator :

  1. Open the Steam library
  2. Choose from the Forza Horizon 5 list
  3. Right click on the game and select "Properties"
  4. Select "Local Files"
  5. Select Browse Local Files ...
  6. In the game folder, select the .exe file of the game
  7. Select the file with the right mouse button
  8. In the menu that appears, select "Properties"
  9. In the Properties window select the Compatibility tab
  10. In the "Options" section, check the box "Run this program as administrator"
  11. Click "Apply"
  12. Start the game
Try lowering your screen resolution before launching the game .

Make sure your Windows operating system and third-party software are updated to newer versions.

Download Visual C ++ 2017 Redistributable:

For Windows 64-bit:

For Windows 32-bit:

Install both versions.

Also, update your .NET software:

DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer - you probably already have this installed

Check also the tips below :

For Windows users :

  • Update the system if necessary to the latest version
  • Check the integrity of the Forza Horizon 5 cache on Steam
  • Reboot your computer
  • Reinstall the game
  • Try disabling programs that potentially conflict with the game (antiviruses, firewalls, etc.)
  • Make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements
  • Make sure the system disk has 5-6 GB free space
  • Scan your PC with an antivirus program
  • In some cases, reinstalling the operating system can help.
For Mac OS :

  • Update your Mac OS version
  • Check the integrity of the Forza Horizon 5 cache on Steam
  • Try disabling programs that potentially conflict with the game (antiviruses, firewalls, etc.)
  • Make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements for Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 crashes without error

Try to temporarily disable your antivirus (especially in the case of Avast!). Also see startup errors for tips.

Sound errors / No sound in Forza Horizon 5

Tips for sound problems

First, restart your PC, then test the sound in Windows itself: double-click the speaker icon in the system tray (next to the clock), and then click on the volume slider.

If you do not hear any sounds, then right-click (RMB) on the speaker icon and go to " Playback devices ". On the playback tab, see which sound source is checked by default. RMB on it and click "Check". If there is no sound, then RMB on the icon and click "Detect problems with sound."

There are sounds in Windows, but you can't hear in the game :

Check sound volume options in Forza Horizon 5 settings. Update DirectX as well as sound card driver.

There is sound, but no voices :

The audio files were corrupted during installation. Check the integrity of the game files on Steam.

Best practices for solving Creative audio problems

Restart Creative Soundbar. Check the sound card settings in it.

Troubleshooting Tips for Realtek Sound Card

Restart your Realtek soundbar. Check the sound card settings in it. In Realtek HD Audio Manager, switch the audio type from Quadraponic to Stereo.

Not enough memory error

Possible reasons: the game does not have enough RAM; there is not enough space on the hard disk for the paging file; you yourself configured the size of the paging file (or disabled it, or used software); some program is leaking memory (open Task Manager CTRL + ALT + DELETE and sort applications by memory consumption).

Forza Horizon 5 hangs in the controller

Run Forza Horizon 5 in compatibility mode for another OS.

Sometimes the problem is the Nvidia GeForce Experience driver add-on. Disable all optimizations for the game in it.

On AMD graphics cards, the Gaming Evolved (Raptr) application can create problems. Try disabling or uninstalling it temporarily.

If there is Nvidia Capture Service in Task Manager, try terminating the process. End other processes related to video capturing.

Update your graphics card driver.

Also see Won't Start Tips.

Forza Horizon 5 - BSOD or Blue Screen

BSOD usually means some kind of serious problem with your system that is not related to the game. Check your power supply first. If overheated, it will turn off. Also, if the system does not have enough power from it, then various errors are possible, including BSOD. Test other components of your PC. On the net you can find various utilities for checking memory, hard disk and video card.

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