Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most hyped games of the year, mainly due to the huge success and fan base of the 2019 Modern Warfare. We got to play the game during the PS beta, and while the game is good, the community has mixed feelings. Many players who attempted to play the game report the Modern Warfare 2 crash at startup, won’t start, and not launching issue. If you have similar problems with the game, we can help.
Modern Warfare 2 Beta Crashing, Crash at Startup, Won’t Start, and Not Launching Fix
Before you proceed with any of the fixes for MW2 crashing, ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements to play the game. MW2 is a demanding game; failing to meet the specifications can lead to a crash. Here is some basic troubleshooting you can try for day-one issues.
Update the GPU and Operating System
Before we begin the rest of the solutions, ensure that the graphics card driver and operating system are up-to-date. If the GPU is not updated, you can run into all sorts of issues, including the Modern Warfare 2 crashing on startup on PC. When installing the GPU driver, use the GeForce Experience or directly download the update from Nvidia, but don’t use the Device Manager. While updating, choose Custom Install and perform a clean install.
For the Windows Update, ensure that everything is downloaded and updated, even the optional update. If there are updates for .NET Framework. that’s very important. Just ensure that everything is up-to-date.
Run the Battle.Net/Steam with Admin Permission and Verify Game Files
If the game still fails to launch, the next logical fix to try is to provide the Battle.Net client with admin permission or the Steam client. Once you have done that, try verifying the game files. To provide admin permission,> right-click on the desktop shortcut of Battle.Net and choose Properties > Go to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program with administrator permission. Here is how to repair the game files in Battle.Net.
- From the Battle.Net client, go to All Games and click on Modern Warfare 2
- Click on the Gear icon next to the update button
- Choose Scan and Repair
Here is how to validate the game files if you bought the game on Steam or are playing the beta via the Steam client.
- Open the Steam client and go to Library
- Right-click on Modern Warfare 2 and choose Properties
- Go to the Local Files tab and click on Verify integrity of game files.
Try running the game once the verification and download are complete. If MW2 still fails to launch and is crashing on startup after these basic fixes, here are some other things you can try.
Disable Overlays and Other Background Applications
CoD titles are known to conflict with many third-party programs and may be why the game is not starting for you. Disable the Task Manager’s Steam and Discord Overlay and the GeForce Experience application. If you are using any overclocking or RGB software, disable those as well. A clean boot is the best way to disable all third-party applications, so consider doing that before you start the game.
Disable Nvidia Instant Replay and ShadowPlay
Some players have also reported that having the Nvidia Install Replay or the ShadowPlay enabled crashes the game more often. This is a fix for people who can get into the game, and the crash occurs in-game. As suggested above, closing the Nvidia GeForce Experience completely before launching the game is best.
Allow the game through the Windows Firewall
The next fix is to allow the game through the Windows Firewall. If the firewall blocks the game from execution, the COD MW2 will crash at startup. You can also put an exception on your software using a third-party antivirus. Refer to this post on how to set an exclusion for specific software on the Window Firewall and other antivirus software.
Ensure the MW2 is starting in Native Resolution
As you cannot access the game menu, verifying the game’s config file is the only way to change or check the resolution. You can find the Modern Warfare 2 config files in the Documents folder. Unlike most games, the MW2 config file does not state the settings plainly, but you can find the resolution when you see a value such as “3840×2160,” “1920×1080,” or something else. Ensure that this value is the same as your native resolution that the monitor supports and is currently set on. To verify your native resolution:
- Press Windows key + I and choose System
- From the Display tab, you should be able to see the Display Resolution that your monitor is currently running on.
Delete the Config File
Sometimes there is a problem with your config file that prevents the game from launching. Go to the same location as before, the Documents folder > MW2 folder > players > and delete the config file. When you launch the game the next time, the new config file will be automatically generated, and hopefully, you can launch Modern Warfare 2 this time.
Issue with Steam Phone Number Verification
Many players have reported that they cannot launch the game as they are stuck in phone verification on the Steam client. Some users who have already verified the phone number cannot do it again as the Steam client would not allow it, and the game does not continue. If you are stuck with this error, go to the Steam Settings > Web Browser > click on Delete Web Browser Data. Now try to play the game.
MW2 Windows 8 Error – Compatibility Issue
Many players report that when they launch the game, MW2 thinks that they are running the Windows 8 OS, raising compatibility issues, while the users are actually on Windows 10 and 11. Click on this guide to view a separate guide on the issue.
Download and Install the Visual C++ Redistributable
An outdated or a problem with the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable can cause games to crash on startup. Visit this link to the Microsoft website and download the all-in-one package for both X86 and X64. Install both the files and reboot the PC. Attempt to play the game now.
These are the fixes you can try at the moment. There is an undeniable issue with the game, so if none of the above worked, you may have to wait for a patch. The devs are aware of the issue and working on a fix. They acknowledged it on a Steam Community thread. So, maybe we will get a patch before the start of the open beta to help resolve the Modern Warfare 2 launch issues.