Fix Modern Warfare 2 Crashing on PC [Updated 2023]

COD MW2 crashing – After almost two years of waiting, we have finally got a good Call of Duty game. And COD fans cannot seem to keep calm. I, personally, have been waiting for a good COD game, ever since I stopped playing BOCW, and after playing the COD MW 2 and the Early Access Campaign, I am sure that this game is going to be a hit.

Since I have spent a significant amount of time on the last MW, I can tell that COD MW 2 has borrowed quite a few mechanics from its predecessor. But I have to say, that the graphics of the game have been significantly improved, and they really look next-gen, and crisp.

Call of Duty® Modern Warfare® II - In-game Screenshot by Frondtech #2

Now, we all know what COD releases have been like in the past. Filled with bugs and errors on the release day is something that is extremely common with Call of Duty games. Compared to the previous few titles, Modern Warfare 2 might not be that buggy. But it definitely has its fair share of errors.

A lot of PC players are complaining that Modern Warfare 2 is crashing and freezing a lot for them. And this is not surprising to me, as I have experienced plenty of crashes myself while playing the Campaign.

So, in this article, I will tell you what I did to fix the freezing and crashing issue in COD MW2, also some basic fixes that have worked for other PC users.

Note: Let me start by saying, that this guide is for those users, for whom the game is crashing mid-way during a match or a mission. But, if you are someone, for whom the game is straight up crashing at startup, and clicking on the ‘Play’ button does nothing for you, then you need to check out this guide.

Modern Warfare 2 is Crashing – How to fix

COD MW 2 crashed many times for me, actually, while I was doing the Campaign. In Multiplayer, I faced a crash just once, the first time I tried to play the game. I haven’t faced any crashing in the Multiplayer modes since. It is only some specific campaign missions.

The game completely froze and then crashed for me the first time during the Wetwork mission, when after dealing with all the soldiers on the docks I meet with Price, and he moves forward to barge inside the boat, and takes down all the soldiers inside. As soon as he opened the door of the boat, I faced my first crash.

The second time, I faced a crash during the El Sin Nombre mission when after taking care of Diego, I (Soap), take the keycard, reach the elevator, and reach the upper floor. As soon as the cutscene played, and Alejandro broke the door, MW2 crashed for me immediately.

Crash during the El Sin Nombre Mission in Modern Warfare 2

The Error Code that I got after the crash was:

  • Error Code 0x887A0005
    Executable: game_steam_ship.exe

When I faced a crash in Multiplayer, the error codes that I got was:

  • Error Code 0xC0000005 (0) N

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Error Codes

I faced the MP just once, and I fixed it using the method I have shown below. But for the El Sin Nombre crash or the Wetwork crash, here is what I did to fix them:

  1. I noticed that before the crashing, I was getting an Indicator that said ‘Shader Warning’. With that, I figured out that it has something to do with Shader Caching.
  2. So, I opened the Settings menu, and click on Graphics.
  3. Selected the ‘Display’ tab.
  4. Finally, I clicked on ‘Restart Shaders Optimization’.
    How to Restart Shaders Optimization in COD MW2 2022

The Restart Shaders Optimization setting will delete your shaders cache and reoptimized all shaders from the beginning. You will have to do this every time you update your driver.

I did this both times and managed to fix the crashing issue, in just one go. So give it a try. I also shot my weapon immediately as Price/Alejandro opened the doors. Not that it is going to change anything, I am just saying exactly what I did.

Now that the fixes that I have tested personally, let’s move towards the fixes that have been recommended by the community and the devs:

Downgrade or Upgrade your driver manually

Though Infinity Ward has listed Nvidia Game Ready Driver version 516.59, and AMD Adrenaline 22.9.1 as the recommended drivers for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, a lot of users are actually facing crashes on these drivers. Of course, these are not new drivers.

A lot of users on the official Reddit of Modern Warfare 2 2022 are claiming that they managed to fix their crashing by just changing their driver. It doesn’t matter whether you are downgrading or upgrading. Whatever GPU driver you are using at the moment, just uninstall it, and install a driver that is newer or older.

I myself have no idea how this helps, but if so many people are saying it, there is nothing wrong with trying.

Find out if any application or utility is crashing the game or not

Instead of trying a million fixes, you can actually figure out if any application is causing the crash or not. The first thing I would like you to try is:

  1. Type “System Configuration” on the Windows Search Bar and open the System Configuration when it shows up on the results.
  2. Click on the “Services” tab.
  3. Tick the box “Hide all Microsoft services”, located on the bottom-left.
  4. Now click on “Disable all”. Leave PC manufacturer-related programs checked.
  5. Select “Apply” button.
  6. Try playing Modern Warfare 2 now.
  7. If the game still crashes, keep on reading.

So, every time Modern Warfare 2 crashes on your PC, it creates an Error log file. These log files can help you determine which programs are crashing the game.

Go this location : Local Disk (C:) > Users > My Username > AppData > Local > Activision > Call Of Duty > crash_reports

Inside the ‘crash_reports’ folder, you will see a bunch of compressed files. Sort everything by date and open the latest one using Winrar or 7-zip.

Inside the file, you will see a text file called dxdiag_oncrash.txt. Open it, and scroll down all the way to the “Diagnostics” section, inside the text file only.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Crash log file 2022

Under the Diagnostics section, there will be something called “Problem Signature”. And under Problem Signature, you will be able to see which process or service caused the crash.

For me, it was actually the Armoury Crate Service. I use an Asus ROG Motherboard, and Armoury Crate is actually a mobo utility, that is used to control RGB, fan speeds, etc.

How to find out the reason for crashing in COD MW 2 2022

This application was not of any huge importance, so I uninstalled it. And let me tell you that I haven’t faced a single crash in Multiplayer after this.

I have actually made a video showing everything, you can check it out if you want:

I am not saying that what worked for me is going to work for you. That is why you need to check the crash reports on your PC and find out which program is causing the game to crash.

Turn off Texture Streaming

Apparently, the Texture Streaming setting, when enabled, is causing Modern Warfare 2 to crash a lot of users.

Try disabling it, because it is on by default for everyone who has a decent GPU. To turn off Texture Streaming:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select Graphics
  3. Click on the Quality tab
  4. Scroll down until you find ‘On-Demand Texture Streaming’.
    How to disable texture streaming Modern Warfare 2
  5. Disable it.
  6. Now, scroll up and look for the setting ‘Video Memory Scale’.
  7. It should be set to 85, by default. Set it to 90, and restart the game.

Start COD MW 2 in Safe Mode

After a crash, Modern Warfare 2 will always tell you that the game didn’t close properly last time, and whether you would like to open the game in safe mode or not.

Select ‘Yes’, and open the game in safe mode. Go straight to a multiplayer game, and see if the game is crashing or not. Safe Mode basically does nothing, but change a number of in-game settings. So don’t worry. Doing this won’t delete anything.

Re-install Modern Warfare 2 in a different drive (If nothing else works)

If none of the fixes mentioned above work for you, then reinstallation on a different driver 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 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.

These are all the fixes that I would like to recommend for now. Of course, there are a ton more, that involve disabling XMP from the Bios Menu, or increasing the Paging File size of your drives. But I cannot recommend them at the moment, because these fixes have the potential to break your entire OS, and I don’t think that is worth it for a game.

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 issue you are facing is a serious one, then the best option would be to contact Activision support. I would suggest that you take a look at the official Modern Warfare 2 Reddit, or the Steam discussions page of COD MW 2. You will find a lot of players discussing these exact same issues.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an exciting first-person shooter that was designed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision.

It is the 19th Call of Duty title and a direct sequel to the 2019 reboot. On October 28, 2022, it got released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Modern Warfare 2 has brought a ton of changes to the game. Apart from things like Water Physics, AI Systems, and Swimming mechanics in campaign and co-op modes, the levelling and the Gunsmith system have also received a nice overhaul. This has allowed players to customize their loadouts, even more, according to their playstyles.

Also, movement mechanics like diving to prone, mantle, and ledge hang along, are really making the Multiplayer feel fresh. Undoubtedly, the best COD released in a whil

If you think this guide has helped, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Modern Warfare 2 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue and bug of the game. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on February 15, 2023

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