COD Warzone Crashing on PC [SOLVED]
It must bother you very much when you launch the game Call of Duty: Warzone and try to enter matchmaking, it just crashes and exits without any error notification. Especially when you can’t figure out why Call of Duty: Warzone crashes at all.
If this is the problem you’re having now, please read on and follow the instructions below to see how they help to fix it.
Before we move on
Before we move further, you should note that if your Call of Duty: Warzone only crashes very infrequently, you just need to re-launch the game or simply restart your computer, as there’s no other specific solution to such a random bug.
If your Call of Duty: Warzone crashes often, here are some possible causes for this:
- hardware limitations
- wrong settings
- outdated drivers
- corrupted game files
- background applications interference
So before we move on to fix the Call of Duty: Warzone crashing issue, please make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the game Call of Duty: Warzone.
Here’s an overview of the minimum system requirements of the COD Warzone:
|OS||Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300|
|HDD||175GB HD space|
|Video||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / GeForce GTX 1650 or Radeon HD 7950|
|DirectX||Requires DirectX 12 compatible system|
|Network||Broadband Internet connection|
|Sound Card||DirectX Compatible|
Please make sure that your computer hardware devices meet the requirements here first before you move on.
How to fix the Call of Duty: Warzone Crashing issue
- Check for updates for Warzone
- Update your operating system
- Close background apps
- Update your graphic drivers
- Repair game files
- Switch to DirectX 11
- Change graphics card driver settings
- Turn off overlay
- Reinstall the game
- Other things to try
1. Check for updates for Call of Duty: Warzone
Once you confirm that your computer meets the minimum system requirements of the game Call of Duty: Warzone but the crashing persists, you can try updating the game, as an outdated version of the software can lead to slow gaming performance.
Here’s how to update the game:
- Open Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, and select your game version
- Click on the gear icon next to the Play button, and select Check for Updates
- Wait until the auto-update is done, and see if the crashing issue is resolved.
2. Update your operating system
An outdated operating system can also cause compatibility issues that make your Warzone crash. Here’s how you can update it:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key and I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Then click the last button Update & Security.
- Click the Check for updates button. Download and install all updates you can find here.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
- After the computer restarts, check and see if the problem is solved.
3. Close background applications
When Call of Duty: Warzone starts to crash or freeze, you have to check if there are too many unnecessary applications running in the background, as they will consume a lot of processing resources. Follow the steps below to shut them down.
- On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Alt and Delete together to open Task Manager.
- Click the Processes tab at the top. Click More details at the bottom to reveal background Windows processes.
- Click Options in the top menu bar, then select Always On Top.
- Once you’ve identified any process as non-critical and you’ve saved what you were working on it, then select the process and click End Task on the bottom right.
4. Update your graphics driver
When Warzone crashes unexpectedly, one of the first things you should do is update your graphics card driver since an up-to-date graphics driver always ensures the best gaming performance and fewer bugs.
To update your display card driver, here’s what you can do (please note that the following screenshots are taken on Windows 11, but the instructions work on Windows 10 as well):
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key and X at the same time, select Device Manager.
- Double-click to expand the category Display adapters. Then right-click your graphic card driver and click Update driver (the name of the device can be different on your computer).
- Then click Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Wait for Windows to find the latest driver available for you.
- When the driver update is done, restart your computer for the change to take effect.
- Then check and see if the problem is fixed.
If Windows says that it’s already found the latest driver for you, so no newer drivers are found, then you should consider updating your graphics driver in a different way with the help of Driver Techie.
Its ever-growing driver database allows you to always have access to the latest device drivers that you need. More importantly, Driver Techie simplifies the driver update process, so all it takes is just 3 clicks (for Pro users), and all your drivers are updated.
To use Driver Techie to find you the latest drivers:
- Download and install Driver Techie, then launch it.
- Click Scan Now.
- After the scan, click Update All. Then all your drivers will be updated automatically without you having to do anything else.
Please note that Update All is available for Pro subscribers only, otherwise, you can only manually update the driver one at a time. To see how to manually update the drivers one by one, please check this post.
If you’re a Pro user of Driver Techie, and need our technical support to help with the Warzone crashing problem, please feel free to contact <email@example.com>.
5. Repair game files
Damaged and corrupted game files can lead to numerous errors and problems, such as the game crashing or freezing like your Call of Duty: Warzone. And you can use the repair tool to resolve these issues.
To do so:
- Click the gear icon next to the Play button and select Scan and Repair.
- Click Begin Scan.
- Wait for the repair process to finish.
6. Switch to DirectX 11
If your Call of Duty: Warzone crashes with a DirectX error, you can try changing your DirectX version to DirectX 11.
To do so:
- Open Blizzard Battle.net desktop app and navigate to the game Call of Duty: Warzone
- Click on the gear icon next to the Play button, then select Game Settings.
- Select Game Settings from the left pane and tick the checkbox before Additional command line arguments.
- Type -D3D11 in the blank below the above option.
- Click on the Done button to save changes.
7. Change graphics card driver settings
According to some users’ feedback, enabling Texture Streaming and V-Sync can cause Call of Duty: Warzone to crash.
If you have enabled them, it’s highly recommended to turn them off through graphics card driver settings. If not, skip to the next fix.
8. Turn off overlay
Using the in-game overlay can cause Warzone to crash. It’s recommended to turn it off. You can do this in GeForce Experience. If you never use the in-game overlay, skip to the next fix.
To do so:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key and the S key together to open the searching box.
- Type GeForce Experience in the searching box and hit Enter.
- On the Home page, click on the gear icon next to your avatar.
- Select General on the left pane and scroll down until you see In-game Overlay.
- If you see the In-game Overlay is enabled, switch it off by clicking on the green toggle.
- Check if your Warzone runs properly. If not, move on to the next method.
9. Reinstall the game
If none of the solutions above helped, you would need to perform a full reinstallation for your Call of Duty: Warzone.
To do so:
- Open Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, and select your game version
- Click on the gear icon next to the Play button, and select Uninstall
- Once the uninstallation finishes, click on Install.
This step will take a large amount of time, but it is still a solution to give it a try.
10. Other things to try
If you have tried all the methods above and the crashing issue persists, here is another solution you can try. It fixes the Warzone crashing issue for some players, but it takes a bit more time and steps to follow. Here we go:
- Close your Battle.net
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key and the R key together to open the Run window. Copy and paste Documents in the text field, and hit Enter.
- In the come-up folder, double-click Call of Duty Modern Warfare and open the Players folder in it, then delete the file “ppsod.dat”
- Open your Call of Duty installation directory, open the folder main and delete everything in it
- Open the Run window, copy and paste C:\ProgramData\Nvidia Cooperation\NV_Cache in the text field and hit Enter, then delete everything in the come-up folder
- Again, on the Run window, copy and paste %ProgramData% and hit Enter. In the come-up folder, find the folder Blizzard Entertainment and delete it.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key and the S key together, then type Battle.net app in the searching box. Right-click on the returned result and select Run Battle.net as Admin.
- Select your game Call of Duty: Warzone and click the gear icon next to the Play button. Then click Scan & Repair.
- Start the game and WAIT in the main menu until the shaders are fully installed. Please keep in mind that DO NOT restart the game until the shaders are fully installed.
- Once the shaders are finished, click the button to restart the game
- Now once you are on the main menu again, wait for 5-10 minutes (for the first attempt, the full 10-minute waiting is recommended). Again, please keep in mind that do not go into any submenu or click any buttons.
- Now go into a Submenu and WAIT for another 5-10 minutes (for the first attempt we would still suggest waiting for the full 10 minutes)
- Now check if the game runs smoothly. If so, you’re in luck, problem solved 🙂
The next time you encounter the same crashing issue, just delete the ppsod.dat file and perform a “Scan & Repair”. At the end of this article, we hope that you find all the methods mentioned helpful and relevant. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
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