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Forza Horizon 3 Encryption Causing Stuttering Issues

Discussion in 'PC Gaming World' started by GaryOPA, Sep 25, 2016.

By GaryOPA on Sep 25, 2016 at 9:03 AM
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    Newly Enabled Windows 10 EFS System, Also Prevents Users From Modding Their Games!

    Microsoft announced a while ago, that future Windows 10 Games would start to use EFS (encryption-file-system) on all new App Installs, and Forza Horizon 3 makes the beginning of this new system, which has started already to cause problems, and also upset the Forza modding community.

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    Forza Horizon 3 is the latest in the very popular series of Forza games, and there has been a great number of amazing mods in the past for the older games, but now the latest version is using the newly enabled EFS system of Windows 10, infact if you don't have EFS enabled on your PC, you will not be able to even download the game, instead getting an Error Core 0x80073CF9 displayed.

    Besides of course to prevent 'piracy', the new DRM system seems to have been causing issues with game speed and loading, with alot of users complaining about 'stuttering' when playing Forza Horizon 3, with huge spikes in CPU usage as the decryption process is being handled, and seems to be even worse on those newer PC's using SSD, since more data is being processed at once due to the faster speeds.

    And lastly, of course all this DRM encryption system prevents the modding community from coming up with cool new mods for the latest Forza, and with the older Forza's now being delisted from the store, it will not give users much of choose moving forward.

    Now, of course we don't see Microsoft changing course on this, and its just the start, the once popular days of modding games on your PC, which could not be possible on consoles due to lockdowns and DRM, have now moved over to the PC world, and it might be a while before 'cracking tools' are developed to get around the EFS and of course once that occurs, we most likely will see online bans.

    NEWS SOURCE #1: FH3 stuttering cause found (via) Reddit
    NEWS SOURCE #2: Error Code 0x80073CF9 (via) ForzaMotorSport
    NEWS SOURCE #3: Forza Horizon 3 Will take A while to be cracked (via) Reddit
    NEWS SOURCE #4: Windows 10 will get encrypted app installs (via) NeoGAF
     
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      Fuck Microsoft. PC gaming is going death soon if things keep up this way. Steam will be target for MS since it's their competitor for gaming. If Steam goes down then MS Store will prevail and the results....you can see them now with forced OS Update, DRM, Stuttering, TRACING of your ACTIVITY etc.
       
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      oh, thats not good. I wouldn't advise any home user to enable EFS. The odds of a home user recovering from an EFS mishap are closer to zero than excel can calculate. The odds of most IT folk recovering from one aren't much better.

      Bottom line this has the potential for widespread disaster. Think ransomware with nobody to pay the ransom to. So if you must play this game, don't keep any data you care about on the same machine.
       
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      Yeah that is another problem with EFS, I didn't mention, once its enabled everything on your drive starts to get encrypted not just your downloaded apps.
       
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      Who buys anything from Microshits crappy App store? Monkeys would fly out of my ass before I ever would...
       
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      For a company who wants to block bad DRM systems like securom, they sure are good at bad DRM schemes.

      All this does it give people practical reasons to not buy from their store, I was thinking of buying a game from the store because I had some credit, not any more.
       
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      Nah, it's not something you have to enable yourself to download the UWPs. It is just enabled for the "WindowsApps" folder. Forza is also not the first game to do this as Halo 5 Forge also has the EFS locks on all the files =(

      There must be some way to escalate a process to use the credentials that the UWP system uses and then modify these EFS files though, the key would have to be stored on your local PC somewhere after all. Hopefully someone comes up with a decryption method.
       

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