Call of Duty: Warzone is currently one of the most played games in the world right now with no signs of the hype around it dwindling any time soon. Starting off as a free-to-play battle royale extension to last year’s highly successful Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the standalone battle royale game has managed to make its own name within the gaming community.
Pairing the robust gunplay and gameplay mechanics from Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone brings a lot to the table including innovative features that set it apart from the rest of the field within the battle royale genre. For instance, the game has a bigger map and more initial players than most other competitors.
In addition to that, the inclusion of things like the Gulag, buy stations, 5 different vehicles, custom loadouts and killstreaks also makes every match completely different from the last resulting in a very versatile experience. The map itself is very multifaceted as well with locations ranging from tall accessible skyscrapers to vast open fields.
However, despite the game’s success, it still suffers from a lot of bugs and glitches. Some issues have been present since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare over 6 months ago while others have manifested recently. While most of these issues are usually mild in nature and don’t affect the game too badly, some of them can completely stop you from accessing the game.
One such issue that has been reported by many players lately is the Fatal Error 0xc0000005 that occurs while launching Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone. The Fatal Error specifically occurs on PC and doesn’t seem to be affecting any console users yet, thankfully.
The error pops up whenever you try to launch Call of Duty: Warzone or Modern Warfare after which the game just doesn’t seem to open and presents you with the longer error code which looks like this:
Error code: 0x0000000142975ad2 7600154 0xc0000005
Now, people all over the internet have tried different fixes and they all seem to work for different people which means that the issue does not have a singular root cause. It could be anything ranging from your drivers to the registries of the game.
So, we’re just going to list all the fixes for Fatal Error 0xc0000005 on Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare and hopefully, one of them can get your game back up and running.
1. Update Graphics Card Drivers
Both NVIDIA and AMD release updates to their graphics card drivers frequently to combat these arising issues within games. While chances are that your graphics card does update automatically, it can be set to otherwise sometimes as well. So, it is always better to check for updates in case there’s one that can fix your issue.
A lot of people have reported that simply updating their graphics card driver did fix the Fatal Error issue on Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare so, if you’re having those troubles, updating would be a safe and easy bet.
You can download the latest drivers from your GeForce Experience app or the AMD Radeon app depending on what graphics card you have or you could also download them via the links given below.
2. Delete a Warzone/Modern Warfare Folder
Another fix for the Fatal Error that people have pointed out on various subreddits and forums is simply deleting the Players folder of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone. This folder is located in the Documents of your PC and usually contains a local copy of your player profile within the game.
So, deleting this could mean that the game downloads a fresh copy of your user profile within Call of Duty: Warzone/Modern Warfare and somehow that fixes the Fatal Error 0xc0000005 issue. In order to delete the Players folder within Call of Duty: Warzone or Modern Warfare, just follow these steps:
- Go into File Explorer and open the Documents library.
- Within Documents, you’ll find the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone folder. Open that folder.
- Once you’re in, delete the entire Players folder and restart your PC.
- Launch the game to see if the Fatal Error still persists or not.
3. Repair Call of Duty: Warzone or Modern Warfare using Battle.net
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone receives a lot of updates and usually, they’re pretty gigantic in size as well. So, there’s a pretty high chance of those update files not downloading properly and getting corrupted.
Thankfully, Battle.net has a handy tool that lets you go through all of the game files again and check whether any of those files has been corrupted or not. In case it finds any corrupted or missing files, it repairs the game by redownloading those files.
Many users have reported that simply repairing their game fixed their Fatal Error issue on Call of Duty: Warzone or Modern Warfare so, just follow these steps:
- Launch Battle.net and choose Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone from the list of games.
- Open the options menu for the game and select Scan and Repair.
- The launcher will ask for your confirmation to run the scan. Allow it and then wait for it to complete.
- If it detects any corrupted or missing files, it will automatically download them. Just restart Battle.net once the process is finished and launch your game.
4. Edit the Registry Value
Now this method is a little bit more complicated than the rest but the fact that this has solved the Fatal Error 0xc0000005 issue on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone for a significant amount of people makes it worth mentioning.
It basically requires you to go into the Windows registry editor and change some values. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open the Run Dialog Box by either pressing Win+R or searching for it using Windows search.
- In the Run dialog box, type ‘regedit’ and hit the OK button. Doing this will open up a prompt asking for your permission to make changes to the registry. Click yes to access the Registry Editor.
- Within the Registry Editor, expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder in the list to the left. Within that, expand the SOFTWARE folder.
- In the Software section of the Registry editor, scroll down for a bit until you find the Microsoft section and expand that. Now go into Cryptography and right click MachineGuid.
- Click Modify and replace the existing code by the following code:
- Click OK to save changes and then restart your PC. Once you’re back, try launching the game.
- If the Fatal Error still persists within Call of Duty: Warzone or Modern Warfare, then there’s no point of changing the registry values so you can hop back into the registry editor, follow the same steps as above and paste the previous value back in it. Here’s the previous code:
5. Enforce Direct3D 11 usage
If none of the previous methods worked for you, this one just might do the trick. Users on reddit have found that forcing the game to use Direct3D 11 can help with solving the Fatal Error 0xc0000005 issue on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone.
Doing this is not complicated either as it can be done via the Battle.net launcher, in the same way Steam allows users to edit the launch options for a game. Just follow these steps:
- Open Battle.net and select Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone from list.
- Click on options and choose the Game Settings tab.
- Once you’re in, tick the checkbox for the additional command line arguments.
- Now, you’ll be able to type into the command field given. Simply enter ‘-d3d11’ within the command field and hit Done.
- Go back and launch Call of Duty: Warzone or Modern Warfare and hopefully, it will start up without the Fatal Error.
If none of these fixes work for you, you might just have to wait for another update that will hopefully iron out the Fatal Error issue for you in Call of Duty: Warzone/Modern Warfare. Sadly, all you can do for now is report the issue to Activision and Infinity Ward and hope for the best.
Call of Duty: Warzone is a standalone free-to-play Battle Royale game mode for Modern Warfare. It is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can download it right here.