Error Fixes for Forza Horizon 3 PC- Crash on Startup, FPS drops, Stuttering Fix

Forza Horizon is one of the successful racing Game series at present. With 9/10s and 4/5s almost everywhere, this game has definitely got mostly positive reviews in and around the market. It’s released for both windows and XBOX one and the good thing about it is the cross-platform play is available. With a huge list of 350 cars available during the launch, the open world in this game is all set in Australia. Now that Forza Horizon 3 is finally available to download, there are certainly issues that are not letting the players install/ play Forza Horizon 3 on their PCs


Here’s the Error Fixes list for Forza Horizon 3 PC version. In this list, we list of the probable workarounds and fixes for the errors and issues in Forza Horizon 3. If you have any other issues which are not mentioned here, do comment below and allow us to help.

Firstly, we recommend you to have a look at the System Requirements of Forza Horizon 3 and compare with your PC specifications. If you stand anywhere below the requirements, then we recommend you to upgrade your PC.

CPU: i7 3820 @ 3.6GHz


AMD: R9 290X or AMD RX 480



Hard Drive Type: HDD

Available Space: 55GB

These are the recommended requirements. As one reviewer said “Forza Horizon 3 truly shines on Windows 10, provided you have high-end hardware”. So, just make sure that you have high-end hardware before buying this game.

Also, this game can be best played using a Racing wheel/ Gaming wheel. We have put up a list of best racing wheels for Forza Horizon 3. Do have a look.

Error Fixes in Forza Horizon 3:

# Forza Horizon 3 Stuttering on PC:

To solve the stuttering issues, just make sure that you have updated the drivers of sound card and video card. If that didn’t help, just end all the background tasks that are running while you’re playing the game.

# Crashing issues in Forza Horizon 3 Fix:

Crashes are the most prominent issues in Gaming these days. Forza Horizon 3 is no different and there are quite a lot of crashes reported in the forums.

Firstly, it’s important to know the source for this crash. Sometimes, crashes do come up with error codes and details. Do make a note of them and comment if possible. However, the most general solution for Crashing issues is updating the Drivers. However, making a clean install of the drivers can be tricky sometimes and it’s time consuming too. We recommend you to use Driver Scanner, a tool that updates the drivers on one click. To do,

  • Go here
  • Now, click on “scan for drivers”
  • It’ll prompt you to download the Driver scanner.
  • Install it and scan your PC using it.
  • From the results, you can update the drivers by one click.

# FPS Drops issues in Forza Horizon 3 Fix:

Many have complained that there are FPS drop issues while playing the game. It’s definitely a challenge when the game is not running with stable FPS. We recommend you to try the workaround mentioned below to solve the FPS drops issues.

1) Open task manager and the game
2) Right click “Forza Horizon 3” and click “go to details”
3) Right click “forza_x64_release_final.exe” and click “Set Affinity”
4) Uncheck “Core 0” and leave everything else checked.

# Download Freezes at % :

If you are having the exact same problem, firstly make sure that your Anti-virus isn’t the problem here. Pause the download and whitelist the game. Now, resume the download. If that didn’t help, restart your computer.

# Racing wheel sensitivity issues in Forza Horizon 3 PC :

Sensitivity issues can be changed from in-game settings. If you already did and it still didn’t help, then go to the profiler (if you are using logitech gaming wheel) and change the sensitivity and force feedback settings.

# Error FH501 in Forza Horizon 3 fix:

The System requirements clearly mention that your machine needs to have atleast DirectX 12 to run this game. To check your DirectX version, try

  1. Press the Windows logo key+R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “dxdiag” and then press Enter to launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
  3. On the System tab in the System Information window, look at DirectX version. It must be 12 or higher to run Forza Horizon 3.

If it isn’t, just download the directX 12 from the microsoft official website.

If you still have problems, do comment below so that we can help. The developers will be releasing a patch this week, so make sure that you patch up the game as it solves most of the issues.

  • stefam

    my forza horizen 3 stop working when i just get into the game and cant change any vidio setings cuz then my computer frezzes and i need to restart the computer. i can run it on ultra but, must run at medium or the game frezzes..

    • Jordan Larson

      dude i got the same problem

    • Gabriel Tomas

      same!!!!!! I just dont know what to do! so many people have the same issue dude!!! maybe we have to wait until they fix that shit with an update or something!!!! cheers!!


    My game stop working when I press continue in the menu

    • Joni

      I have same problem. Anyone know solution of that?

    • Dutch Gamer

      same, did found a ways to fix it? cuz is a month ago when you posted this.

  • Alexandre Champagne

    I have direct x 12 but the game tell me that I don’t have it

  • Derick Yan

    I also have directx12 but the game will not start giving me the 501 error. Currently running SLI GTX470.

    • Your issue is the gpus.

    • cweaver3232

      Dang well the 470’s are too old and don’t support directx12, and to be honest as on lately Nvidia gpus haven’t aged well especially compared to their amd counter rivals. Seems prior 10 series dx12 been faster on amd cards. Too bad amd drivers sux and their cards use a lot of power

  • funnyflix2

    I just updated all my drivers, restarted my PC, disabled AVAST and my game will not make it past displaying “Playground Games”. It just crashes without an error code.

    i7 6700k
    GTX 970
    32gb RAM

    Any suggestions?

  • Tyler Henry

    When I click play a Forza horizon 3 screen pops up with a Lamborghini and raptor for a few seconds and then just closes no error messages or anything. Directx is up to date all drivers are up to date and in my geforce app it even says it’s been optimized for Forza horizon 3. I’ve been searching the internet every day since I got the ultimate edition Saturday for early access but nothing will let me open the game I spent $100 on. If anybody has any advice please let me know.

  • Nelson76

    If you have 16GB+ of RAM, turn off the page file. I’m not going to instruct you through it, look it up. Also, anything you want high performance, make sure not much else is running. If you have 32GB of RAM (like me), run whatever you want. Also, make sure in Nvidia settings that it is running 1 pre-rendered frame ahead and on prefer maximum performance. I’d help more but I’m drunk. So take my advice with a grain of salt. WOO for after work drunkness to forget the shit of the day!!

    P.S. ensure your power options in control panel are set to maximum performance and not balanced. That’s a given.

  • PFrizz

    My game works fine up until the point where it says it’s “Optimizing for your PC” and every time it gets to around 76% it freezes for like a minute then the program just ends. Anyone know what to do?

    • SL1DE

      Mine crashes at 74%. I see your post is 3 days old, have you found a solution yet?

      • PFrizz

        No I haven’t found one yet

        • Martin Kempster

          The crashing at optimization is a driver issue: for AMD I had to install the 16.9.2 drivers which are specifically released for forza 3. You have to get these off the website as because they are beta drivers you wont auto update to them

          • SL1DE

            Yeah I had to do the same thing. It’s weird, I thought 16.7.3 was the latest because I only downloaded it two days ago, it’s what they have when you go searching for drivers on the AMD site – So I thought that they were the latest, then I searched for “RX 480 Forza Horizon 3” on Google and I seen that they have a special page for this version.

            Now the game works fine, just crashes sometimes during the game. Like just after I picked my first car, I went to the (?) race and it crashed on me.

  • qos

    the game say my gpu doesn’t support dx12, but i have 2 gpu and 1 of dem support dx12. what to do?

  • Ada0301

    After I click continue a Xbox controller comes up and then the game crashes. Anyone have a solution?

    • Dutch Gamer

      I have the same the loading screen show a xbox controler the music cuts an the game crashes so fucking anoying when you pay 100dollars for it. its a shame

  • Friso Fokker

    I was playing as I always do, all of the sudden… crash… tried to restart the game but it keeps crashing just before the Turn 10 Studios logo… Anyone have a solution?

    • Mohamad AB

      if you have high speed internet try to create a local account and sign in with your account on it then download FH3 again and try it , if it’s worked then you need to reset your pc or it is better if you do a clean install for the windows I had the same issue with Gear Of War 4 a clean install fixed it.

  • David Pearce

    driver scanner is malware! DO NOT INSTALL IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sazzad

    Already I have dx12,but it keeps says graphics card doesn’t support dx12