Sweet buttery Christmas the Windows Store is awful.
Problems started early with the deadly duo of very low download speeds and then The Store “forgetting” 93GB of files when it was 99% done installing Forza.
To fix that I had to sign out of Store, run WSReset.exe and then sign back in. This woke Store up and it then downloaded five of the last two GB, (the Store page showed 98 of 95GB downloaded).
Since then things have only become more confusing.
A few days ago launching the game would get to the Forza splash screen and then vanish back to desktop. A reboot fixed that, so whatever, but then immediately after posting the above sale notice it started happening again.
This time a reboot did not fix the issue and neither did the sign out-wsreset.exe combination. What did fix it was finding something free on the MS Store and downloading that. This apparently reminded Store I have an account and then Forza would start.
Then yesterday I hit the same splash-screen-and-vanish issue and none of the previous fixes worked.
This time the fix turned out to be finding the game in Settings - Apps, going into advanced settings and uninstalling the “Hoonigan” DLC, then reinstalling it via the Store. Apparently I could have picked any piece of DLC, but Hoonigan is the only one I have, so it had to go.
At this rate I expect to be sacrificing virgin goats and pouring their blood over my motherboard by New Year.
It’s important to note that I did not conjure these “fixes” for Store’s issues out of the ether. All of them come from googling Store/Forza issues and finding forum threads of other Windows user describing their nonsensical findings, and then other users going “oh… that worked for me too… somehow.”
I’m still enjoying F7, but look at the icon now and think “can I really be bothered?”
I hope I can get Forza 8 on uPlay.