Fix: COD Black Ops Cold War Crashing Error Code 0xc0000005

2020’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of the popular first-person shooter video games under the COD franchise that has been developed by Treyarch & Raven Software and published by Activision. As the game is out in the market for a couple of years, it seems that the numbers of bugs and error reports are quite high. It’s also worth mentioning that the COD Black Ops Cold War Crashing Error Code 0xc0000005 on the PC is troubling a lot of players.

Whenever players are trying to get into the COD Black Ops Cold War game, they’re getting a fatal error message that says “Unfortunately, the application has unexpectedly stopped working. Trying a ‘Scan and Repair’ might solve the issue. If the problem persists, please reach out to the online support: https://support.activision.com/black-ops-cold-war – Error Code: 0xC0000005 (0x0) N”. It basically indicates repairing installed game files.

Now, if you’re also encountering the same error code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N on the PC while using the Battle.net client, you don’t need to worry about it. The game first crashes with a black screen for the unfortunate players and then a specific error notice appears on the screen which feels frustrating. It’s also worth mentioning that not everyone is facing this error and even not every affected player is able to fix the error by scanning and repairing game files.

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Fix: COD Black Ops Cold War Crashing Error Code 0xc0000005

What Causes Error Code 0xc0000005 in COD Black Ops Cold War?

Well, there can be several possible reasons found that may eventually trigger the error code in the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War game for the PC version. Such as:

  1. It can be caused due to corrupted or missing game files during installing or updating the game on the PC.
  2. Second, missing or outdated graphics drivers can be another possible reason behind the crashing or black screen issue. So, having an up-to-date graphics driver on the system is important.
  3. It can also be occurred due to the corrupted cache with the Battle.net launcher. You should clear the Battle.net cache on your PC.
  4. Sometimes third-party apps may also conflict with the game to run properly. Closing background tasks may come in handy.
  5. A clean boot can also get rid of the particular error in some cases.
  6. A corrupted game installation can ruin the gameplay experience. Try uninstalling and reinstalling the game can resolve the error.

Fix: COD Black Ops Cold War Crashing Error Code 0xc0000005

Several players have reported about the same on the r/blackopscoldwar subreddit forum. However, as the affected players are only getting this particular error message every time, you should try repairing game files.

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Here we’ve shared a couple of possible workarounds below apart from scanning and repairing which might help to resolve the issue. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it.

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1. Scan and Repair Game Files

First of all, you should try scanning and repairing the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War game files on your PC by following the steps below. Sometimes issues with the missing or corrupted game files on the PC may trouble you a lot to launch the game properly.

  • Open File Explorer (Press the Win+E keys) on the PC.
  • Head over to the installed Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War game data folder.
  • Now, you’ll have to Delete the IDX and EXE files from the folder.
  • Open the Battle.net client on your PC.
  • Click on the COD: BOCW game > Click on OPTIONS (Gear icon).
  • Next, click on Scan and Repair > Click on Begin Scan.
  • Wait for the verification process to complete.
  • Once done, close the Battle.net launcher, and restart your PC.

2. Update COD: BOCW

It’s highly recommended to check for the game updates on the PC by following the steps below. If you’re using an outdated game patch version for a while then the chances are high that any bug is troubling you.

  • Open the Battle.net launcher > Click on the Blizzard logo from the top left corner.
  • Go to Settings > Click on Game Install/Update.
  • Scroll down to the bottom > Click on Apply latest updates and download future patch data for recently played games to enable it.
  • Next, click on Done to save changes > Restart the Battle.net launcher to apply changes.
  • It’ll update the game to the available version automatically.

3. Update Graphics Drivers

You should also check for the graphics driver update on the PC by following the steps below to ensure there is no outdated GPU driver troubling you. An outdated graphics driver might be going to conflict with the game launching in most cases.

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  • Press the Win+X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list to open it.
  • Double-click on Display adapters to expand it.

Device Manager Update Display Adapter

  • Right-click on the dedicated graphics card that you’re using.
  • Click on Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • The system will automatically check for the available update.
  • If an update is available, it’ll automatically download and install the latest version.
  • Once done, ensure to restart your PC to apply the changes.

If there is no update available on the PC then make sure to visit the official manufacturer website of the graphics card and manually grab the latest version. Search for the particular graphics card model by the following links.

4. Install Windows Updates

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An outdated Windows version or build number can eventually cause several issues with bugs and stability that users might not expect at all. It’s better to check for Windows updates manually by following the steps below.

  • Press the Win+I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security > Select Check for updates under the Windows Update section.
  • If there is an update available, select Download and install.
  • It may take a while to complete the update.
  • Once done, restart your computer to install the update.

5. Close Background Processes

Unnecessary background running tasks or programs can eat up a lot of system resources like CPU or Memory usage that literally reduces system performance. Hence, the startup crashing, lagging, and not loading issues appear quite often. Simply, close all the unnecessary background running tasks completely. To do this:

  • Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Now, click on the Processes tab.
  • Click to select the task individually that you want to close. [Running in the background and consuming enough system resources]
  • Click on End Task to close a process one at a time. Make sure to do the same steps for each task.
  • Once done, restart your system to apply changes.

6. Perform a Clean Boot

The chances are high that performing a clean boot of the system may fix several issues with the application performance and game launching. Some programs or services may run in the background without your intent right from the Windows system boot-up. Those apps or services consume a lot of system resources, bandwidth, etc which can eventually affect the foreground performance of apps or games. To clean boot the system:

  • Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type msconfig and hit Enter to open System Configuration.
  • Go to the Services tab > Enable the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox by clicking on it.
  • Next, click on Disable all > Click on Apply and OK to save changes.
  • Go to the Startup tab > Click on Open Task Manager.
  • The Task Manager interface will open > Go to the Startup tab.
  • Click on the particular task that’s affecting the performance [higher startup impact].
  • Now, click on Disable to turn it off.
  • Do the same steps for each program that has a higher startup impact. You can also disable medium or low-startup impact programs.
  • Once done, restart your PC to apply changes.

7. Clear Battle.net Cache Data

You may encounter the Black Ops Cold War Error Code 0xc0000005 on the PC if there is any corrupted game file available or the Battle.net cache data has some issue. Make sure to follow the steps below to clear the Battle.net cache data on your PC to fix this error.

  • Exit the Battle.net client and then press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Now, close the task of the Battle.net launcher from Task Manager.
  • Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Enter %ProgramData% in the field and hit Enter.
  • Next, locate the Battle.net folder > Delete the folder.
  • Once done, relaunch the Battle.net launcher to check for the issue.

8. Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Test

This specific error may also occur due to a hardware fault something like corrupted RAM. It’s also worth mentioning to check for the Windows Memory Diagnostic Test manually by following the steps below to ensure there is no issue with the RAM on your computer.

  • Open the Start menu and search for Windows Memory Diagnostic.
  • Make sure to open the Windows Memory Diagnostic troubleshooter from the result.
  • Select Restart now and check for problems (recommended) from the dialog box.
  • Wait for it to complete and then you can try running the Black Ops Cold War game.

9. Uninstall and Reinstall COD: BOCW

If none of the methods worked for you then make sure to uninstall and reinstall the COD: Black Ops Cold War game on the PC by following the steps below. It’s better to reinstall the game to clear out any potential glitches or game file issues to avoid launching issues or errors.

  • Open the Battle.net Launcher and select Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War from the left panel.
  • Select the Options menu on the left side.
  • Click on Uninstall Game > If prompted, confirm the uninstallation process.
  • Once done, close the Battle.net launcher, and reboot the PC.
  • Then open the Battle.net launcher again > Start installing COD: BOCW.
  • Click on the Options menu > Select Modify Install.
  • Select the mode that you want to install and select Confirm.
  • Finally, select Start Install > Wait for it to complete.
  • Enjoy!

10. Try Changing/Upgrading the RAM

As a bonus tip, it’s highly recommended to try changing or upgrading the physical RAM on your computer manually to check if the problem is still bothering you or not. Sometimes insufficient RAM space or incompatible one can trouble in running hardcore programs. You should use at least 8GB of RAM minimum to run a game these days. Otherwise, you can use 16GB of higher RAM in two sticks for dual-channel to make it future-proof.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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