Fix Black Ops Cold War Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N

Harry S
Harry S

Black Ops Cold War has had a decent reception among the gaming community, but every now and then, a new error seems to arise with the game. Some users are reporting encountering the Black Ops Cold War Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N. The error message suggests the generic tip to perform a scan and repair, but that does not resolve the issue. As such, players are wondering how to fix the new fatal error with the game. If you find yourself crashing with the same error, stick with us and we will show you how you fix the error.

Fix Black Ops Cold War Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N

Before you even begin with the guide, you should know there is no universal fix for the Black Ops Cold War Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N. While one fix might work for a user, it may fail for the other. So, hopefully, with some luck, you can fix the error. Before you try anything else, I am assuming you have updated the GPU driver and the Windows operating system. The main culprit that seems to give rise to the error is overlay software. A number of dev errors in Modern Warfare and Warzone are caused due to overlays, it may be the same in this case. Hence, as a first step, you must disable the overlays.

Fix Black Ops Cold War Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N

There are various types of Overlay you may be using such as Discord Overlay, GeForce Experience, etc. Disable those before launching the game. Also, if you are using MSI Afterburner, disable the software as it can make the GPU instable and that can lead to the error.

We suggest that you perform a clean boot before launching the game. Here are the steps you can follow to perform a clean boot.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. Go to the Services tab
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services (Important)
  4. Now, click Disable all
  5. Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  6. Disable one task at a time and restart the system.

Now attempt to launch the game and check if the error still occurs. If the Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N still occurs, check that you are not overclocking. OC is one of the main reasons why a game can crash.

If that’s still not the issue, ensure that you have the latest GPU driver and delete the Battle.Net files and cache folder. Before you delete the files and folders, ensure that the and game processes are closed. Open Task Manager and close tasks such as agent.exe, Blizzard Update Agent, Blizzard desktop app, and any running game process.

Now, press Windows Key + R and type %ProgramData%. From the new window, locate the Blizzard Entertainment folder and Batle.Net folder. Delete the two folders. Now, attempt to update the game. After the game’s updated, hopefully, the Black Ops Cold War Fatal Error Code 0xc0000005 (0x0) N would not appear again.

Here are two other solutions suggested by u/SlopesOnSlopes on Reddit. We do not know if it will work or not, but you can give it a shot.

“Disable DOCP in bios and run Ram at stock speed. XMP for Intel CPUs.”

“Disable CPU overclock in bios. Basically I just selected “Load Optimized Default” in bios to reset everything to default settings. Note* save your current bios settings before so you can change back to them.”

Hopefully, one of the solutions worked for you. If it did not let us know and we will update the post as we learn more about the issue. If you have a fix that worked for you and we have not written about it, you can share them in the comments.        

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By Harry S
I have been gaming for as long as I can remember starting with Dr. Mario and Doom. On QM Games, I am the Admin, Developer, Tech Guy, and occasionally a Writer. I handle everything that makes the website run in its current state. I am also one of the founders of the website.
  • After we’ve completed the steps and the game launches correctly, what do we do after within the system config? do we recheck things or just leave it unchecked?

  • So whenever you tell people to delete files, as you did saying to pull up the folder and delete the two folders within it, you may let people know you are deleting ALL the games you have downloaded on Battlenet launcher! I now have to redownload my entire Activision/Blizzard library because I made the crazy assumption that you knew what you were talking about. Christ I am going to have to download like 300 GB worth of games at 25 MB/sec. I’ll be sure to steer clear of advice from here moving forward. Do you also tell people to clean their guns fully loaded with the barrel inserted firmly in their mouths?

    • Hi,

      Your games are not gone, Battle.Net forgot game install locations. This can happen sometimes. Click on “Locate this game” to find the game on your system. You may have assumed that the games are gone because you see “Install” instead of “Play” but that’s not the case. Next time, if you want help ask for it rather than jumping to conclusions.

      To locate all the games at once, open Settings from the Battle.Net App > go to Downloads > click on Scan for Games.

  • I found a solution i uninstalled the game
    fix your game activation i have been pc gaming since 1996 and have never had a game so temperamental

  • its 7:44PM CST, 08/29/2021 and this issue is not fixed..just started doing it out of the blue..i got so fed up with trying to go back in drivers on the startup disable/enable and ipconfig commands to where i got so mad i said screw it and reformatted…got pc up..loaded up cold war..installing shaders..boom it happens sick of this damn game..

  • I followed the steps outlined in the troubleshooting guide. It worked for me. The problem was a service called Nahimic service . It is part of the sonic suite software. It was with the Asus drivers disk.

    • Hiya…I uninstalled the sonic suite software as you mentioned and the game loaded perfectly..asus armoury crate app loaded the suite in a random update…thanks for your post

  • Why not just release a patch for this game not to be so sensitive to other applications? Incrediable how I have no issues with any other game, but when it comes to thsi one it has a whole heart attack. Is there anyway to fix this issue without me having to sit and check each and every service on my machine!?!?!

  • Mine just started today, any news or help would be appreciated! I tried all the steps above.

  • you dont care activision! if you people did you wouldnt have left this game in the hands of Raven software! but seeing as you did and they are well known for making buggy games. there ya go. we have our answer take back control and prove me wrong!

  • i keep getting it i load up the game then 5 seconds of black screen then the error pops up this is getting stupid anyone find anything ive tried everything on the internet

  • I did outbreak in the free play days and the game was working fine, i now bought the game and it keeps crashing.

  • Hi Guys,
    Update on the error. The developers have released a small patch. Install it and the issue should be resolved.

      • Sorry to hear the patch did not help you. The error is gone for 99% of the players, so, if you still have it, try the above solutions and let us know in the comments.

        • I did it all but nothing changed.
          it’s still crashing every time on 3rd round (after 2nd warp and right after loading the 3rd map)
          Fatal error: 0xc0000005 (0x0) N

          • for me outbreak has worked fine for the whole week and today after the update i get fatal error every time i jump to lvl 2.
            so in short the update did the opposite for me

        • This error isnt gone for 99% of people lol. Just google 0xc0000005 cold war and you will see thats not true

          • At the time of the comment it appeared so as suddenly a lot of players reported it being fixed, but, yes, we are aware the error still happens for a lot of people.

        • what are you saying because i dont see a solution other than original and your saying theres a patch that works but thats it!??

          • A lot of players were getting this error in Feb, thousands of players. But, suddenly the error stopped for many after a patch. Unfortunately, the error did not get resolved for everyone. And the bad news, we encountered the same error in Vanguard last night. Will update the post if we find a workaround. Also, lookout for the new post we make for Vanguard with the same error code. Solutions there may also apply here.

    • It may have been the update that fixed the issue. The patch rolled out around the same time you performed the network reset.

  • I was messing with this all day….at 3:15pm, Central Time, USA, Feb 5, 2021a small update became available which has fixed this for us!! Go Check!! (PC, btw, in case I missed something)

  • Reporting the same issue. Have tried to update windows, install on different drive, scan and repair multiple times, disabled all overlays, run in admin mode…. nothing. Cant even contact activision -_-

  • Yes, unfortunately i get the same issue each time i try to enter the game… this error happens after 10-20 secs after intro movie and connecting to online service, anyone found solution for it? also i tried to update my nvidia drivers, used driver packsolution none of them solve the problem

  • Same error here after the last uptade for the new zombie map, I tried every thing for 2 days nothing works. Some web site mention that if your CPU is overclocking there is some chance that it can be the problem but I fixed mine and the error still occur. They really have to fix that soon.

  • If your game is crashing with the above error after yesterday’s update, you are not alone in this, thousands of other players are having the same problem. We hope that the developers get to the bottom of the issue soon. We will update the post in a day or two with new solutions if the issue is not resolved by Treyarch.

  • I’ve tried everything listed here and still no fix, these issues began today 2.4.2021 with the new update

    • Same to me. I don’t think they are going to repair it. I’ve read many people got same issues and activision doesn’t care. I guess I will just refund the game.

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