Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is great pick for gamers. But for many players, it’s crashing, even in 2021. For some, it crashes at startup, for others, it crashes randomly during game play. While in these days, the crash happens again after the update. If you’re on the same boat, don’t worry. It’s fixable.

Try these fixes

You may not need to try them all; just work from the top down until you find the one that works.

  1. Check that your PC is capable
  2. Run your game in DirectX 11 mode
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Check for Windows Updates
  5. Repair your game files
  6. Disable V-Sync
  7. Disable unnecessary programs
  8. Change the play region
  9. Make sure your Windows display language is set to English
  10. Switch to windowed mode
  11. Link your Activision and Blizzard accounts
  12. Disable hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling
  13. Disable in-game ray tracing

Fix 1: Check that your PC is capable

To play COD Black Ops Cold War, you need a PC with the following minimum specs:

OSWindows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)
CPUIntel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
Video CardNvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
RAM8GB RAM
Hard Disk Drive45GB HD space
MINIMUM System Requirements

But to get the best possible gaming experience, your computer needs at least the following specs:

OSWindows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
Video CardNvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
RAM16GB RAM
Hard Disk Drive45GB HD space
RECOMMENDED System Requirements

If your computer has at least the minimum required specs, and COD Black Ops Cold War is still crashing, try the fixes below.


Fix 2: Run your game in DirectX 11 mode

Running COD Black Ops Cold War in DirectX 11 mode can give you a performance improvement and enable a variety of advanced effects. You can follow the steps below to do this:

1) Open Battle.net launcher. In the GAMES section, click Call of Duty: BOCW.

run your game in DirectX 11 mode Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

2) Click Options and select Game Settings.

run your game in DirectX 11 mode Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

3) In the Black Ops Cold War section, check the box next to Additional command line arguments. Then type -d3d11 to force the game to run in DirectX 11 mode. This would help your CPU or GPU catch up and keep the game running smoothly. 

After applying the changes, play your game to check if it still crashes. If it does, don’t worry; we’ve got other working fixes for you…


Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

Using outdated drivers can affect your gaming performance. So you should check for driver updates on a regular basis. Especially your graphics driver. If it’s outdated or not optimized, you may encounter poor performance or crashing when playing COD Black Ops Cold War.

There are two ways you can update your graphics driver: manually and automatically.

Option 1: Manually update your graphics driver

To update your graphics driver manually, you can go to the official website:

NVIDIA
AMD

Then find the driver corresponding with your Windows version and download it manually. Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install it. 

Option 2: Automatically update your graphics driver (recommended)

If you are not familiar with computer hardware, and if you don’t have the time to update your graphics driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. It’s a useful tool that automatically recognizes your system and finds the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running or risk downloading and installing the wrong driver.

Here’s how you can update your drivers with Driver Easy Pro:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

update drivers automatically

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your drivers, restart your computer and launch your game to check if the problem is solved.  If not, then continue trying the fixes below.


Fix 4: Check for Windows Updates

You should keep Windows updated as best you can, as each update brings new features and bug fixes.

1) In the lower-left corner of your computer, click the Start button. In the Search box, type check for updates. Then click Check for updates from the results.

check for Windows Updates type Check for updates

2) Click on Check for updates to see if your computer is up-to-date or if there are any updates available.

click Check for updates to see if your computer is up-to-date or if there are any updates available

3) If there are updates available, they’ll download and install automatically.

If Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War continues crashing after doing a Windows Update, try the fixes below.


Fix 5: Repair your game files

Whenever you’re experiencing bugs or crashes in a game, you should try repairing your game files.This will restore any missing or corrupted files. Here’s how to do this:

1) Open Battle.net launcher. In the GAMES section, click Call of Duty: BOCW.

repair game files Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

2) Click Options > Scan and Repair. Once the process is complete, click Check for Updates.

repair game files Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

After that, relaunch your game to check if it works.


Fix 6: Disable V-Sync

V-Sync is short for Short for vertical sync. It’s the graphics technology that synchronizes the frame rate of your game to the refresh rate of your monitor. 

Unfortunately, sometimes V-sync reduces the input responsiveness of your system while gaming, which can cause your computer to crash.

To see if this what’s causing Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War to crash for you, you should disable V-sync:

1) In the bottom right corner of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, click SETTINGS.

Disable V-Sync Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

2) Select GRAPHICS and make sure Gameplay V-Sync and Menu V-Sync are Disabled.

Disable V-Sync Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

After disabling them, try launching your game to see if it still crashes. If it does, try the following fixes.


Fix 7: Disable unnecessary programs

Sometimes, the programs running in the background can interfere with your game. To see if this is what is causing Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War to crash for you, you should end those tasks.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key windows logo keyand at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type taskmgr, then press Enter on your keyboard.

open task manager

3) Under the Processes tab, right-click on the unnecessary programs that are running in the background and select End task.

disable programs running in the background Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War crashing on PC

After you’ve done these, launch your game to check if the problem persists. If it does, proceed to the next fix below.


Fix 8: Change the play region

Another common cause of crashes in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is heavy usage of a particular game server. To rule this out as the cause of your crashes, you should change your region within the game:

1) Open Battle.net launcher. In the GAMES section, click Call of Duty: BOCW.

2) Under the VERSION / REGION section, click on the Earth icon and select a different region.

3) Test your game to see if it still crashes. If it does, change the region again until your game stops crashing or you run out of regions to try.

If you’ve tried all the regions but still your game is crashing, you should try the next fix below.


Fix 9: Make sure your Windows display language is set to English

Setting your Windows display language to English is pretty important when you’re playing Black Ops Cold War – especially if you’re using a nordic language as it can cause crashes while playing the game. 

Here’s how to check it your display language:

1) In the Search box, type language and select Language settings from the list of results that appears.

check Windows display language

2) Under the Windows display language section, make sure your Windows display language is set to one of the English options. E.g. English (United States), English (United Kingdom).

check Windows display language

If you don’t see English as an option, click Add a preferred language. Scroll through the list of languages that appears until you find English.

change Windows display language

After you’ve set English as your Windows display language, you need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If COD Black Ops Cold War still crashes, try the next fix below.


Fix 10: Switch to windowed mode

Typically, games provide ‘windowed’, ‘fullscreen’, and ‘bordered windowless’ display modes.

Switching to windowed mode has helped some COD players eliminate crashes in Black Ops Cold War. It may not work for you, but it’s easy to do so it’s definitely worth a shot! 

To switch to windowed mode, just press Alt + Enter at the same time on your keyboard.


Fix 11: Link your Activision and Blizzard accounts

Some Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War players have found that linking their Activision and Blizzard accounts stops their game from crashing. 

Here’s how:

1) Go to Activision‘s website and login. Once you’re logged into your account, click PROFILE located on the top-right corner.

2) In the ACCOUNT LINKING section, find your profile and link it with your Battle.net account.

3) Select CONTINUE. And you’ll be taken back to the Blizzard website to complete the account linking process.

link Activision and Blizzard accounts

If this doesn’t stop your game from crashing, try the next fix below.


Fix 12: Disable hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling

In the 2004 version of Windows 10, the Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling feature is rolled out to improve applications performance. But according to some players, HAGs is possibly causing COD Black Ops Cold War crashing. To rule this out as the cause of your crashes, you should disable it:

1) In the empty area of your desktop, right-click and select Display settings.

how to disable hardware accelerated GPU scheduling

2) Under the Multiple displays section, click Graphics settings.

how to disable hardware accelerated GPU scheduling

3) Under the Defaults settings section, click Change default graphics settings.

how to disable hardware accelerated GPU scheduling

4) Turn off Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.

If this doesn’t stop your game from crashing, try the next fix below.


Fix 13: Disable in-game ray tracing

COD Black Ops Cold War is still a new title, which means there’s still room for improvement. Ray tracing might sound fancy, but according to some gamers it can be unstable on this game.

To see if this what’s causing Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War to crash for you, you should disable ray tracing:

1) Launch Black Ops Cold War and open SETTINGS.

2) Navigate to the GRAPHICS tab. Under the RAY TRACING section, disable all three options.

how to disable ray tracing Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

3) Restart the game and test the gameplay.

TIP: This is also a workaround if COD Black Ops Cold War is crashing on your Xbox Series X.

However, if you’ve tried all the methods to no avail, give reparing corrupted system files a shot. If you have corrupted, malfunctioning and missing Windows software files, you’ll encounter performance issues. A program may crash. To fix the crashing issue you’re having, you need to repair those corrupted files.

To do this, try using Reimage, which specializes in Windows repair. When your run Reimage, it’ll automatically find, and fix system software issues. It also increases performance, stops system crashes as well as improves overall PC stability. With regular use, Reimage will constantly refresh your operating system which will keep your computer running at its best.

  1. Download and install Reimage.
  2. Open Reimage and it will run a free scan of your PC. Upon completion of the scan, the software will conduct a diagnosis and show you a summary of system issues. This will take a few minutes.
  3. Once it’s finished, click START REPAIR to start the repair process.

    Reimage START REPAIR

Hopefully, one of these fixes stopped Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War from crashing for you. If you have any questions or ideas, do not hesitate to drop us a line in the comment section below.

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