Video games are highly CPU-intensive. In most cases, it isn’t something that’s bothering you. But if you play Modern Warfare and the CPU hovers around 90%, it’s high time you do something to find out the causes behind it. In this article, we’ll guide you how to fix the Modern Warfare high CPU usage issue.

fix Modern Warfare high CPU usage

Try these fixes

You may not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

  1. Update your graphics card driver
  2. Check for game updates
  3. Disable unnecessary programs running in the background
  4. Delete temp files
  5. Change priority level
  6. Disable fullscreen optimizations
  7. Increase virtual memory
  8. Lower your game’s graphics settings

Fix 1: Update your graphics card driver

As a product matures, driver updates primarily provide bug fixes and compatibility with newer software. So it’s recommended that you update your graphics card driver on a regular basis to get the best performance and experience, especially if you can’t remember when was the last time you had them updated.

There are mainly 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 drivers corresponding with your Windows version and download the drivers manually. Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers.

Option 2: Automatically update your graphics card driver (recommended)

If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find 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.

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 with Driver Easy to fix Modern Warfare high CPU usage

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.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. If you don’t want to upgrade to the Pro version, you can also update your drivers with the FREE version. All you need to do is to download them one at a time and manually install them.)

update graphics card driver automatically with Driver Easy to fix Modern Warfare high CPU usage

After updating your drivers, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.


Fix 2: Check for game updates

Updating your game gives you access to the latest features and improves stability. If you come across any issues with the game, you should check if there are any updates. To do this, follow the steps below:

1) Open the Blizzard app.

2) Navigate to your game Call of Duty: MW. Then click on Options > Check for Updates.

check for updates Modern Warfare high CPU usage

If there are any updates, you’ll be guided to download it. After you’ve downloaded the updates, try and play the game to check if it fixed the issue.


Fix 3: Disable unnecessary programs running in the background

Too many programs running in the background takes up a part of your system’s RAM. What’s more, some of them, such as browsers and game launchers, are highly CPU-intensive. In order to free up system resources, you’re supposed to disable some programs running in the background. Here are the steps you can take to do this:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and at the same time to open the Run dialog box.

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

open task manager

3) Under the Processes tab, right-click on the unnecessary or CPU-intensive programs and select End task. (Note: don’t close your game and Steam.)

disable unnecessary programs running in the background to fix Modern Warfare high CPU usage issue

And if you don’t want some apps to launch at startup, follow the instructions below:

  • Select the tab Startup. Right-click on the apps that you don’t want to launch at startup and select Disable.

    stop apps from launching at startup

After you’ve done these, launch your game and check if you’re still suffering from high CPU usage.


Fix 4: Delete temp files

As the name suggests, temporary files are the kind of files that store temporary data that is created by Windows itself or the programs that users use. But they take up some space. So to solve the high CPU usage issue, you’re supposed to delete those files and it won’t cause any problems. Here’s how you can delete temporary files:

1) Close all windows.

2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box.

3) Type %temp% and then press Enter on your keyboard.

4) Delete all the files in the temp folder. (Press Ctrl and A at the same time to select all the files. Then right-click and select Delete.)

delete temp files Modern Warfare high CPU usage

5) After you finish the process, go to your desktop and right-click on the Recycling Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.


Fix 5: Change priority level

Modern Warfare is a game that is pretty intensive on the CPU. To avoid CPU spikes, you need to change the game’s priority to normal instead of high by default.

1) Launch your game.

2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box.

3) Type in taskmgr and press Enter.

open task manager

4) Under the tab Processes, scroll down until you find Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Right-click it and select Go to details.

change priority level Modern to fix Warfare high CPU usage

Task Manager will then switch to the Details tab and highlight your game’s executable.

5) Right-click the highlighted file and select Set priority > Normal.

change priority to normal Modern Warfare

After you’ve done these, your gaming experience should be improved and you won’t suffer from high CPU usage.


Fix 6: Disable fullscreen optimizations

Whenever you disable the fullscreen optimizations, it’s basically disabling Windows from making any optimizations to your game. And it may help you get rid of some major performance issues caused by it.

Here’s how to do this:

1) Open the Blizzard app.

2) Navigate to your game Call of Duty: MW. Then click on Options > Show in Explorer. This will bring you to your game’s installation directory.

open Modern Warfare installatin folder

3) Double-click the folder Call of Duty Modern Warfare to open it.

4) Scroll down until you see ModernWarfareLauncher. Right-click it and select Properties.

run Modern Warfare Launcher as an administrator

6) Select the tab Compatibility. Check Disable fullscreen optimizations. Then click Apply > OK.

disable fullscreen optimizations to fix Modern Wafare high CPU usage

7) Now do the same thing ModernWarfare.exe. Right-click it and select Properties.

disable fullscreen optimizations and run this program as an administrator ModernWarfare

8) When the Properties window opens, select the tab Compatibility. Check Disable fullscreen optimizations. Then click Apply > OK.

disable fullscreen optimizations to fix Modern Warfare high CPU usage issue

After applying the changes, play your game and check if you can get your CPU usage down.


Fix 7: Increase virtual memory

The minimum RAM Modern Warfare requires is 8 GB. If your computer regularly runs out of memory when the game is running, you may fix the issue by converting certain sectors of the hard drive into a temporary memory or virtual memory. Here’s how to do that:

1) Press the Windows logo key to open the Start menu.

2) Type in advanced system settings. Then click View advanced system settings from the results.

increase virtual memory to fix Modern Warfare high CPU usage issue

3) In the Performance section, click Settings….

increase virtual memory

4) Select the Advanced tab and then click Change….

increase virtual memory

5) Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.

increase virtual memory uncheck automatically manage paging file size for all drives

6) Select the drive where the game is installed and choose the Custom size. Put a value more than 2GB (2048MB) for both the Initial size and Maximum size.

increase virtual memory custom size

Once done, click OK and reboot your computer to check if the problem persists.


Fix 8: Lower your game’s graphics settings

Tweaks on your game’s graphics settings may help you lower your CPU usage and you’ll get noticeable performance increase.

Here are some recommendations:

1) On the bottom left corner, click on Options.

2) Select GRAPHICS.

lower graphics settings

Now, change these settings:

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen. This will ensure that you get the best possible performance.
  • V-Sync: Disable.
  • Shadow Quality: Medium.

In conclusion, the high CPU usage means that your system is overwhelmed by the task it’s trying to perform. Hopefully, you can get your issue resolved by taking the fixes in this article. If you have any ideas or questions, please leave us a comment below.

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