Call Of Duty (COD) Modern Warfare 2019 – Safe Mode bug – How to fix

One of the most anticipated games of 2019, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare has finally released and we have to say that everything about the game feels awesome so far.

Unfortunately, the game is not completely free from performance issues. People have already started reporting about problems like lag, crashes, black screen issue, blurry game textures, fps drops, various dev errors, different bug & glitches, error codes, etc. But today we are here to talk about a bug that is quite a serious one and is giving trouble to a huge portion of the community.

We are talking about the Safe Mode bug. Looks like a lot users are experiencing the Safe Mode bug in Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2019? Don’t worry you are alone. Here is how to fix it.

Call Of Duty (COD) Modern Warfare 2019 – Safe Mode bug – How to fix

What is the Safe Mode bug in COD MW 2019

It is a bug that causes the “Run in Safe Mode?” message box pop up every time the players are launching the game after it had experienced a crash. The message says : Run in Safe Mode? – It appears that Call of Duty : Modern Warfare did not quit properly the last time it ran. Do you want to run the game in Safe Mode? This is recommended for most people. It will change your system settings but not your controls.

You get three options : Yes, No and Cancel

This message shows up if the game had crashed previously due to some reason. No matter what the reason behind the crashing is, the game will always think that the crash was due to the change in the game settings. And if you choose to run the game in safe mode then the game will just start with the settings recommended by the game.

How to fix the Safe Mode bug

Okay let me start by saying that I have witnessed this bug a lot of times so far on my personal PC. I am using a gaming rig that has a RTX 2060 Super, Intel i7 8700, 16 GB DDR4 3000mhz RAM and a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD. So you can be sure that this bug not is happening because of your system hardware. With that being said, whenever I got asked whether I want to start the game is Safe Mode or not, I selected No and the game booted normally without any issue. So just select No and you should be alright.

Now if you have already clicked Yes and wondering how to get out of Safe Mode, then let me tell you it is very easy.

How to disable Safe Mode

Here is how to do it.

  • Start the game in safe mode
  • Go to Options
  • Select Graphics
  • Change Display Mode to Fullscreen
  • Set Render Resolution to 100
  • Click on Advanced below it
  • Select the resolution that is the native resolution of your monitor
  • Make sure Aspect Ration is set to Automatic
  • Click on Apply Settings

But if you are constantly crashing and getting the ‘Run in Safe Mode?’ message constantly. Then there is something wrong and you need to fix the game. There are plenty of ways to do it.

Lower graphics settings

The easiest way to deal with this bug is to make sure that your game doesn’t crash at all and for that you need to lower your graphics settings. Just follow our optimal graphics settings for COD MW 2019 guide.

Turn off any Auto Hot Key (AHK) script

A lot of users over Reddit have already claimed to have fixed this issue by just turning off any Auto Hot Key script or software that was running in the background.

Update your Windows

The crashes could be related to your Windows 10 version. Windows 10 updates cannot be trusted. The recent Windows 10 updates have already caused loads of problems for a lot of AAA titles. The Windows 10 KB4512941 update that was released few days ago gave some serious trouble to gamers all over the world. From high CPU usage to constant stuttering while playing games or running heavy applications, people had to face everything.

Thankfully, Microsoft has already released an update that fixed the problem mentioned about. But who knows, there might still be some users who have not updated their Windows since then out of fear and are still facing performance issues. So check whether you have pending Windows updates or not and then update your OS. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait for the updates to get installed
  • Restart your PC

Disable Crossplay

It looks like a lot of users are facing the crashes due to the Crossplay feature of the game. Try turning it off. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Options
  • Select the Account tab
  • Disable Crossplay

Update your drivers

When you launch the Battle.net app the first thing you will notice is a Breaking News tab and under that tab the developers have asked you to install the latest video card drivers. If you didn’t know, both Nvidia and AMD have released their latest graphics card drivers bringing launch-day support for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019. You can download them from the links given below:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Repair the game

Battle.net launcher users have the feature to scan and repair a game available on the launcher. Same goes with COD MW 2019. This feature will verify the in-game files of the game and download the missing ones. Here is how to do it:

  • Launch Battle.net
  • Select Call of Duty : MW from the left side bar
  • Click on Options
  • Select Scan and Repair
  • Wait for the process to be done
  • Restart the launcher

Unfortunately, these are all the methods we have to fix the Safe Mode bug as of now. We will update this list as soon as we discover some new fixes. If the problem you are facing is a serious one then the best option would be contacting the support.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also if you have any addition to make regarding this topic then also you can comment below. Good luck!

Check out some other COD MW 2019 guides:


That’s all folks!

5 thoughts on “Call Of Duty (COD) Modern Warfare 2019 – Safe Mode bug – How to fix”

    1. Same mine doesn’t even open. I’ve got it got it to open a handful of time but crashes within 10 seconds with no error… smh

    2. Yup, same here. I was successful in booting windows 10 into safemode w/ networking and the game was able to start. Changed all the settings as suggested and booted windows back into normal and get the same results. The safe mode window error barely stays up long enough to click on it.

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