How to Fix Forza Horizon 4 Game Crash on Windows 10?

Forza Horizon 4 game crash on startup has been reported numerous times by users. The problem arises when the game is launched and a black screen along with Forza Horizon 4 pre-start screen appears for some time and then the game shuts down without showing any error. This creates an ambiguous environment for the gamer because gamers do not get any error report on the screen before the shutdown.

Forza Horizon 4 Cover Screen

What Causes Forza Horizon 4 Game Crash?

Reasons for the crash could be of arbitrary nature and difficult to track. We collected information from support forums and users to come up with the following relatable reasons:

  • Windows Updates: Outdated versions of Windows may result in propagation errors. Many users have reported that if Windows is not updated to the latest version, you may experience Forza Horizon 4 crash issues.
  • Graphics Drivers: Graphics drivers are an important bridge that allows operating systems and programs to use the graphics hardware of a PC. Outdated graphics drivers may result in game crashes.
  • Antivirus Software: Most users use antivirus programs to protect their PCs from viruses. However, in some cases, antivirus programs falsely detect some important files in the game and identify them as viruses and delete or quarantine them.
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Packages: It has been reported on many online support forms by users that when they were using an older version of Microsoft Visual C++ the game was crashing continuously.

Solution 1: Fix Folder Bug using File Explorer

In the installation folder of Forza Horizon 4, if there is an extension on a particular folder name then you are most likely to get this error problem. Follow the steps given below to get rid of this situation to enjoy non-stop gaming:

  1. Open the installation folder of Forza Horizon 4.
    Opening Forza 4 Installation Directory
  2. Open the FH4 folder.
    Opening FH4 Folder
  3. Scroll down to find the bugged folder, name starting with Microsoft.SunriseBaseGame.
    Note: Folder name may slightly vary on your PC.
  4. Remove .exe from the name of the above-mentioned folder.
    Editing Folder Name
  5. Try running the game. This should fix your problem.

Solution 2: Stop Audio Input Related Services

Sometimes, there are issues of audio input related to the microphone in Forza Horizon 4. Users have reported that stopping particular windows services to fix the audio input problem, also fixed their game crash issue. Please follow the steps given below to do so:

  1. Click Start, search Run, and open it. This will open the Run dialogue box.
    Opening Run Dialogue Box
  2. Type msconfig and click OK.
    Running Command
  3. A window will pop up, select Services tab.
    Selecting Services Option
  4. Uncheck Nahimic service.
    Stopping Nahimic Service
  5. Then uncheck Realtek Audio Universal Service and click OK.
    Stopping Realtek Audio Universal Service
  6. Restart your PC. Your problem should now be fixed. In case it’s not, proceed with the final solution.

Solution 3: Reinstalling the Game

Windows PowerShell can also automate tasks related to active directory and exchange. Registering the game using Windows PowerShell has resolved game crash issues for many. Please follow the steps given below to register your game:

Note: This method might remove all your user data in Forza.

  1. Click Start, search windows power shell, and click Run as Administrator.
    Running Windows Power Shell as Administrator
  2. Copy-paste the following command and press Enter.
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Select Name, PackageFullName
  3. Scroll down to find Microsoft.SunriseBaseGame and copy its corresponding file name. This will show a list of executable files on your PC.
    Note: Folder name may slightly vary on your PC.

    Copying File Name
  4. Type Remove-AppxPackage, paste the copied name followed by a space, and press Enter.
    Changing File Type
  5. Now first type cd, then the address of game installation directory followed by a space and press Enter. This will open Forza Horizon 4 installation directory in Windows PowerShell.
    Changing Directory
  6. Copy-paste the following command and press Enter.
    Add-AppxPackage -Register AppxManifest.xml
    Running Command
  7. Close Windows PowerShell and Restart your PC.
  8. Try running the game now. This should finally fix your problem.

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