For avid PC gamers, there’s nothing more frustrating than experiencing game crashes, particularly in a popular game like Modern Warfare 2 Remastered. While the game offers an engaging and immersive experience, some PC users have reported persistent issues with the game crashing at various points.
For many players MW2 crashes during the campaign, multiplayer, and even when launching the game. After exhaustive research, we came to know that it’s insufficient system requirements, outdated game/Windows/drivers, and overlay screen recording apps that cause this issue.
If you’re one of those players facing the Modern Warfare 2 crashing then here we have explained several solutions to help you fix the issue and get back into the game.
How To Fix Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Keeps Crashing on PC
Before applying the below troubleshooting we suggest you check the system requirements, restart your PC & game, update Windows, and try running the game with administrator access.
1. Update the GPU Driver
We highly recommend checking for a graphics driver update on your PC using the steps below. This will allow you to install the latest driver update, which can fix various graphical issues with the program. To do this:
- Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
- Click on Device Manager from the list to open it.
- Double-click on Display adapters to expand it.
- 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’s no update available on your PC, make sure to visit the official manufacturer website of your graphics card and manually download the latest version. You can search for the specific graphics card model i.e. Nvidia, AMD, and Intel GPUs using the following links.
2. Close the Unnecessary Background Applications
Make sure that you limit the use of other applications which will take up CPU bandwidth and again could be causing issues.
3. Verify the Game File Integrity
MW2 crashes may be caused by file integrity issues, indicating corrupted files in the game’s initial folder. Scanning the game files thoroughly, using Battle.net’s file checker, may help identify the issue quickly.
If file integrity is indeed the problem, reinstalling the game will wipe the files for a fresh start, which can hopefully resolve any faulty files that have been causing issues.
- Open the Battle.net client on your PC.
- Click on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Remastered game.
- Now, click on Options (Gear icon) > Click on Scan and Repair.
- Choose Begin Scan and wait for the process to complete.
- Once done, close the Battle.net launcher, and restart your PC.
- Launch the Steam client > Click on Library.
- Right-click on COD: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered from the list.
- Click on Properties > Go to Local Files.
- Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
- This process may take some time to get completed. So, have some patience.
- Once done, make sure to reboot the PC to apply changes.
4. Update the Game
Check for game updates on your PC to avoid conflicts caused by outdated versions, as it can affect the game launch and gameplay.
Follow the steps below to check for updates:
- Open the Battle.net (Blizzard) launcher > Click on the Blizzard logo from the top left corner.
- Go to Settings > Click on Game Install/Update.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page > Click on Apply latest updates and download future patch data for recently played games. to enable it.
- Now, click on Done to save changes > Restart the Battle.net launcher to apply changes.
- It should automatically update the game to the available version.
- Open Steam and go to Library.
- Click on COD: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered from the left pane.
- Steam will automatically search for the available update.
- If there is an update available, click on Update.
- Make sure to wait for some time until the update completes.
- Once done, ensure to reboot the PC to apply changes.
5. Play the Game in Windowed Mode
You may be playing Modern Warfare II Remastered in fullscreen window mode, consuming more resources and causing graphical glitches. Play in windowed mode to avoid crashes. To do this:
- Launch the COD: MW2 Remastered game > Click on Options at the bottom of the screen.
- Switch to the Graphics tab > Search for the Display Mode option.
- Make sure to select Windowed from the list.
- Once done, save the changes then restart the PC to apply changes.
6. Set Shader Quality to Low
Optimize Modern Warfare 2 gameplay by adjusting Shader Quality. Lowering it to Low has resolved to crash issues for some players.
7. Disable overlays and recording software
According to multiple Redditors, the overlay app and video streaming/recording software cause interference with the game causing the crashes. If you are using overlay then disable it and uninstall the recoding software from your PC.
8. Disable Windows Security or Antivirus Software
If you are using a third-party antivirus software then disable it or uninstall it temporarily. You can also add the MW2 exe file to the whitelist. If you are not using antivirus software then disable Windows security and then play the game.
Follow these steps:
- Press Windows + I shortcut keys to open the Windows Settings menu.
- Click on Update & Security > Click on Windows Security from the left pane.
- Now, click on the Open Windows Security button.
- Go to Virus & Threat Protection > Click on Manage Settings.
- Next, you’ll need to turn off the Real-time protection toggle.
- If prompted, click on Yes to proceed further.
9. Check Overheating Issues
The modern Warfare 2 remastered is a graphics-intensive game so it will push your PC’s CPU and GPU to its limit. If your system is constantly crashing then it might be overheating symptoms. You need to check your PC temperature using the best CPU temperature monitoring software.
If the temps are within acceptable limits that are under 80 Degree celsius then you are in a safe zone.