Call of Duty (COD) Black Ops Cold War (BOCW) – Game is Crashing – How to fix

It looks like Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War is crashing for a lot of PC users. While players who are using powerful gaming rigs are not facing as many issues, low-medium end users are experiencing a fair amount. That is why I decided to come up with a basic guide that will show you some simple tweaks that you can try in order to fix the issues that you are having. Here is how to fix crashing issues in COD BOCW.

Call of Duty (COD) Black Ops Cold War (BOCW) – Game is Crashing – How to fix

Compare your Hardware Specifications with the System Requirements of the Black Ops Cold War

MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONSRECOMMENDED SPECIFICATIONS
OSWindows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent.Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
VIDEONvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950.Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
RAM8GB RAM16GB RAM
HDD45GB HD space45GB HD space
NETWORKBroadband Internet connectionBroadband Internet connection
SOUND CARDDirectX Compatible
Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
DirectX Compatible
Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

If you have problems running Call of Duty Warzone then you will have problems running Black Ops Cold War as well. You need a GTX 1650 to play the game on 1080p at 30 fps. But playing a complete PvP game like BOCW at 30 fps is not a good idea if you ask me. That is why I always recommend that you take a look at the system requirements first and then go for the purchase.

Graphics Card drivers optimized for COD Black Ops Cold War

If you didn’t know, both Nvidia and AMD have released their latest graphics card drivers bringing launch-day support for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. You can download them from the links given below:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

nvidia driver 456.71 for black ops cold war

Use the Repair function of Battle.net launcher

Battle.net launcher users have the feature to scan and repair a game available on the launcher. Same goes with COD Black Ops Cold War. This feature will verify the in-game files of the game and download the missing ones. Here is how to do it:

  1. Launch Battle.net
  2. Select Call of Duty : BOCW from the left side bar
  3. Click on Options
  4. Select Scan and Repair
  5. Wait for the process to be done
  6. Restart the launcher

Avoid GPU overclocking to fix crashes

If by any chance you are witnessing random crashes in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, then chances are it is being caused by an overclocking application or utility running in the background. A lot of games have been suffering from crashes lately due to applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. So it is best to stay on the safe side and run your graphics card on default speeds.

Upgrade to the latest .NET Framework version

Microsoft released a .NET Framework update for the Windows 10 users. The update is called:

  • 2020-09 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 2004 for x64 (KB4576478)

Here is how to install the update:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Check the name of the update and install it
  • Restart your PC

Run the executable as administrator

Try to run the executable file or exe file of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War as admin. Here is how to do it:

  1. Go to the Installation folder of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
  2. Right Click on codbocw.exe
  3. Go to Compatibility tab
  4. Check “Run this program as an administrator”

Re-install Call of Duty BOCW (Only if nothing else works)

If none of the fixes mentioned above work for you then is your last resort. Game installations go wrong all the time. A file might have gone corrupted during the installation process. And that might be the reason why the game is crashing for you. So do a fresh installation of the game once.

Before you go for the re-installation, make sure you empty your “Temp” folder.

  • Go to the Start menu on your Desktop.
  • Press the Windows key+R at the same time.
  • Type in %TEMP% and press Enter.
  • Select All (Edit > Select All or Ctrl+A).
  • Click the Delete key.

Wait for patches from Treyarch

If you have played the previous COD titles like, MW or Warzone. Then you should know how the launches of these titles usually go. The release with a ton of issues that get fixed eventually. Give Treyarch some time and I am pretty sure that Black Ops Cold War too will get necessary optimizations like the previous COD games.


These are all the steps or methods that you can follow in order to fix the crashes in Black Ops Cold War. One thing to keep in mind, none of these methods are advanced and are pretty basic. There is no guarantee that these steps will fix your problem 100%. If the problem you are facing is a serious one then the best option would be contacting the support. I would suggest that you take a look at the official Black Ops Cold War Reddit. You will find a lot of players discussing about these exact same issues.

The recent COD titles have been very unstable during the initial days after launch. Call of Duty Modern Warfare launch back in 2019 was a nightmare for PC users. But thankfully, they all became stable with more and more update. Pretty sure same thing will happen with Black Ops Cold War.


If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, you can check out the other Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War guides on Frondtech. Good luck!


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