How to Fix If COD: Modern Warfare Keeps Crashing

2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the best-in-class first-person shooter video games under the Call of Duty franchise. Infinity Ward and Activision have done a great job with this title and the team has also introduced Call of Duty: Warzone online battle royale mode as part of it last year. Meanwhile, plenty of users are experiencing issues with the COD: Modern Warfare Keeps Crashing with an error code or sometimes without any error codes. If you’re also one of them, check out this fix.

It’s worth mentioning that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game also crashes in the single-player mode which is very frustrating. But the crashing problem is only applicable to Windows computer users and not to other gaming consoles that much. There are several reasons that can be found behind the PC games crashing issue in most cases. We’ve shared all the possible reasons and their workarounds too. PC gamers are prone to crashes and bugs that you can’t help with but you can obviously try fixing them.

Why COD: Modern Warfare Keeps Crashing?

  • The chances are that your PC configuration becomes outdated or incompatible with the system requirements of the Modern Warfare game. If you’re not sure enough, you can check the system requirements below.
  • Sometimes missing or corrupted game files can cause several crashes.
  • If your Windows OS or GPU driver version becomes outdated, that can trigger crashing a lot.
  • Check whether the DirectX version is up-to-date or not.
  • Maybe your COD: Modern Warfare game or the (Blizzard) client becomes outdated.
  • Some background running programs can also consume a lot of CPU/Memory usage that can cause performance drops i,e crashes.
  • Windows Defender Firewall or any third-party Antivirus program can also prevent game files to run properly.
  • If your graphics card becomes outdated for a while, there are enough chances that it can also become incompatible with Direct3D Feature Level mostly.

How to Fix If COD: Modern Warfare Keeps Crashing

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / GeForce GTX 1650 or Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 175 GB available space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit latest update
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X processor
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1660 or Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 175 GB available space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

How to Fix If COD: Modern Warfare Keeps Crashing

Here we’ve shared some of the possible solutions that you can perform manually yourself in order to solve this issue completely. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get into it.

1. Run Modern Warfare.exe file directly

If you’re unable to launch the COD: Modern Warfare game properly via the Steam client then make sure to run the ModernWarfare.exe file directly from the installed game folder. To do so:

  • Open Steam > Click on Library.
  • Now, right-click on COD: Modern Warfare from the list.
  • Click on Manage > Click on Browse local files.
  • Double-click the modernwarfare.exe file from the installed game folder.
  • It should run the game if there are any issues with your Steam launcher.


2. Run the game as Administrator

Sometimes running a program on Windows without having admin access can upset you because the User Account Control system doesn’t give proper access to run it. So, allowing the administrator access is necessary for every game on Windows PC/Laptop. To do that:

  • Right-click on the installed modernwarfare.exe file.
  • Select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Enable the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.
  • Click on Apply and hit OK to save changes.

3. Update Graphics Drivers

If you’re using the Nvidia graphics card then update the GeForce Experience app on your PC from the Nvidia official site here.

But if you’re using the AMD graphics card on your system, then update the latest AMD Drivers from here.

4. Adjust Texture Quality

Sometimes due to the low texture quality of the Modern Warfare game, players may experience random crashes and error codes like Dev Error 6178. However, if you’re not getting that error code but the game keeps crashing, we’ll recommend you to adjust the texture quality to High or Normal rather than Low.

  • Launch the client > Open the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game.
  • Go to Options > Select Game Settings > Click on the Graphics tab.
  • You can find Texture Resolution under the Details & Texture tab.
  • Just set it to High or Normal mode according to your preference.
  • Once done, you can also turn off the in-game Vertical Sync (V-Sync) option.
  • Now, restart your game and check for the issue.

5. Turn Off Nvidia V-Sync for Modern Warfare

The Vertical Sync (V-Sync) in your game can be known as G-Sync or FreeSync. Now, the problem is that this particular feature although doesn’t come in handy that much but it affects the gameplay a lot. Plenty of graphics issues, crashes, low FPS count can happen due to enabled V-Sync. As Nvidia Control Panel also comes with V-Sync, you should turn it off.

  • Right-click on your desktop screen (blank).
  • Select Nvidia Control Panel > Go to 3D Settings.
  • Click on Manage 3D Settings > Select Program Settings.
  • Now, you’ll have to add your installed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game folder. [The default path should be like C:\Program Files (x86)\Call of Duty Modern Warfare\ModernWarfare.exe]
    • If in case, you’ve installed your Modern Warfare game to a different drive, select accordingly.
  • Once added, scroll down to the list, and select Off for Vertical Sync.
  • Click on Apply to save changes.
  • Finally, you can try launching the COD: Modern Warfare game to check whether it’s still Keeps Crashing or not.

6. Change Task Priority

It can also possible that somehow the Windows system is unable to keep loading your Modern Warfare game due to plenty of other ongoing tasks in the background. If that’s happening with you, make sure to follow the steps below:

  • Press Windows + X keys to open the Quick Access Menu.
  • Now, select Task Manager > Go to the Details tab.
  • Search for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare task > Right-click on it.
  • Select Priority > Set it to High.
  • If prompted by UAC for permissions to change it, click on Change Priority.
  • Once done, make sure to relaunch the Modern Warfare game and check for the issue again.

7. Disable Steam Overlay

  • Open Steam on your Windows.
  • Head over to the Settings > Click on the In-Game option.
  • Click on the checkbox to disable “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game“.
  • Once the checkbox mark is removed, click on OK.

8. Adjust Discord Settings

  • Launch Discord > Click on User Settings.
  • Select Voice & Video from the left sidebar.
  • Scroll down a bit and click on the Advanced.
  • Next, disable OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco System, Inc.
  • Then disable Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority.
  • Click on Overlay.
  • Disable in-game overlay.
  • Next, click on Appearance.
  • Scroll down to the bottom Advanced.
  • Disable Hardware Acceleration.
  • Once done, restart the Discord or restart the system.

9. Adjust Nvidia Control Panel Settings

  • Click on Adjust image settings with preview under 3D settings.
  • Select Use the advanced 3D image settings.
  • Next, open the Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Click on Manage 3D settings.
  • Then select Global Settings.
  • Now, adjust some of the additional settings:
    • Turn off Image Sharpening
    • Turn on Threaded Optimization
    • Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
    • Low Latency Mode: Off
    • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance

10. Adjust AMD Control Panel Settings

  • Click on Global Graphics.
    • Disable Radeon Anti-Lag
    • Disable Radeon Boost
    • Image Sharpening: Off
    • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
    • Set Anti-aliasing Method to Multi-sampling
    • Morphological Filtering: Off
    • Anisotropic Filtering: Disabled
    • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
    • Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
    • Tesselation Mode: AMD Optimized
    • Turn off Wait for V-sync
    • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
    • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
    • Turn off Maximum Tesselation Level
    • GPU Workload: Graphics
    • Radeon Chill: Off
    • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

11. Verify Game Files

The COD: Modern Warfare PC gamers on Steam can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account
  • Right-click on COD: Modern Warfare
  • Click on Properties
  • Select the Local Files tab
  • Then click on Verify Integrity of Game Files
  • Wait for the process and then restart the game to check whether the issue has been fixed or not.

Meanwhile, users can locate the COD: Modern Warfare game and click on Options then select Scan and Repair.

12. Temporarily Disable Antivirus

It’s also worth mentioning that temporarily disabling the antivirus program on your Windows computer may come in handy in most cases. In order to protect your system and data, the antivirus program can block several files or ongoing connections as well. So, you can follow the steps below to temporarily disable the antivirus program and check whether the game is launching properly or not.

  • Press Windows + I keys to open the Windows Settings menu.
  • Click on Update & Security > Click on Windows Security from the left pane.
  • Go to Virus & threat protection > Click on Manage settings.
  • Next, you’ll need to simply turn off the Real-time protection toggle.
  • If prompted, click on Yes to proceed further.
  • Additionally, you can also turn off Cloud-delivered protectionTamper protection if you want.

13. Uninstall Windows 10 Updates (Unstable/Buggy Versions)

A couple of days ago, Microsoft has released a new update for Windows 10 with KB4535996. The KB4535996 cumulative update for Windows 10 is quite buggy and causing so many errors or problems.

  • Go to Start menu > Click on Settings
  • Next, click on Update and Security
  • Click on View update history
  • Now, if you can see that there is an update having KB4535996 has been already installed. Make sure to uninstall it.
  • Here you will see the Uninstall updates option on the top of the page.
  • Click on it and select that particular update version.
  • Right-click on it and select Uninstall.
  • It may take some time to delete that update and your system may restart automatically.
  • Have some patience and you can also manually reboot your Windows PC (if required).

14. Clean Temporary Files

  • Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN program.
  • Now, type %temp% and press enter
  • You will get a bunch of temporary files on a page.
  • Select all files by pressing Ctrl + A on the keyboard.
    Next, press Shift + Delete on the keyboard to remove all the files.
  • Sometimes some of the temporary files can’t be deleted. So, leave them as it is and close it.

15. Use CPU and GPU Clock Speed at Default Settings

If you’ve overclocked your GPU speed and experiencing the crashing or stuttering issue on the COD: Modern Warfare gameplay or at the launching, make sure to use the MSI Afterburner tool or Zotac firestorm to underclock or set the default clock speed. Now, you can try again to run the game whether it’s working or not.

If the above-mentioned steps won’t work for you, make sure to follow the final possible step below.

16. Reset and Update BIOS (CMOS)

  • Shut down your computer and unplug the power cord from the power source.
  • Now, remove the side panel of the CPU.
  • Ensure that you’re grounded and locate the CMOS battery on the motherboard. There is only one circular CMOS battery which is easily noticeable.
  • Next, remove the CMOS battery quite gently. If you don’t know how to do it, you can search it online.
  • Once removed, clean it with a cloth and wait for around a couple of minutes.
  • Finally, place the battery back like before and close the side panel of the CPU.
  • Plugin the power cord to the power source again and restart your PC.
  • Now, run Steam as an administrator and launch the COD: Modern Warfare game to check for the issue.

We assume that now you’re able to run the game properly on your computer without any crashing or lagging. Have some queries? Feel free to comment below.

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