Call of Duty Vanguard Always Crashing? Here’s how to fix

While trying to play Call of Duty Vanguard, users have been experiencing an issue where the game crashes out of nowhere. Depending on the scenario, this can vary as for some users, the game crashes when they join a game while for others, it even crashes in the lobby. There are a ton of reasons which can cause the game to crash. This includes things like outdated graphics drivers, third-party applications interfering, or some incompatibility issues. Regardless of that, in this article, we will be showing you how to stop your game from crashing all the time so just follow through.

Call Of Duty Vanguard

As it turns out, Call of Duty Vanguard has been released for a while now and while the game is working out fine for most people, there are still issues that some users stumble upon. When a game is crashing for some people, it is usually not an issue with the game but rather something that is interfering with the game process. In addition to that, it can also be due to some features that might be included in the game but may not work as expected on certain systems. Such problems are usually fixed by the dev team once they are brought to their attention. With that said, let us first go through the possible causes of the issue which will help you in isolating the root cause. So, without further ado, let us get into it.

  • Third-Party Software — One of the reasons that can cause a game to crash is the interference of a third-party application that might be running in the background. This can include software like any third-party antivirus software and much more. In such a scenario, you will have to turn off your antivirus or perform a clean boot to see if that resolves the problem.
  • Missing or Corrupted Game Files — Another possible cause of the issue can be missing game files or when they are damaged/corrupted. When this happens, you can easily resolve the problem by simply repairing the game via the Launcher. 
  • HDR Enabled — As it turns out, in some cases, the problem can also arise if your monitor supports HDR and it is enabled in Windows settings. This seems to be a compatibility issue and it should be fixed down the line but for now, you will have to turn it off in order to enjoy the game.

Now that we have gone through the possible list of causes of the issue, let us get started by mentioning the different methods that you can implement to resolve the problem. Let us jump right into it.

Switch to Fullscreen Borderless Mode

As it turns out, the first thing that you should do when your game keeps on crashing is to change your in-game settings. Some players have reported that their game only crashes when they are playing the game in fullscreen mode. If this case is applicable to you as well, you can easily resolve it by changing your Display Mode from Fullscreen to Fullscreen Borderless. Do not worry as you will not notice any difference but rather it actually makes accessing other apps on your computer pretty easy and faster. You can find this option by going into your Graphics settings. In case the problem still arises even after changing the display mode, move on to the next method down below.

Disable Third-Party Antivirus 

Antivirus software can be really useful as they are used to protect your system from potential threats such as viruses and malware. However, one of the biggest drawbacks of having a third-party antivirus software is that it usually gives rise to potential issues with your games. As it turns out, the security program interferes with the game process to make sure that it is safe, which can often cause games or other applications to crash.  

If you have a third-party antivirus installed on your computer, go ahead and disable it before trying to run the game again. Once you have done that, you can try to play again and see if the game continues to crash. In case it does, move on to the next method down below.

Disabled Third-Party Antivirus

Turn Off HDR in Windows

Like we have mentioned, another thing that might cause Call of Duty Vanguard to crash continuously is HDR. High Dynamic Range or HDR is essentially the range of dark and light tones in photos that can improve visibility in darker areas, shadows, and highlights. If you have a monitor that supports HDR, that might be causing the issue for you as it has been for other users with the same problem. To fix this, you will have to simply turn off HDR in Windows settings and everything should be good to go. To turn off HDR, follow the instructions given down below:

  1. First of all, press the Windows key + I buttons on your keyboard to bring up the Windows Settings menu.
  2. There, on the System screen, click on the Display option provided.
    Windows Settings
  3. Once you are there, click on the HDR option provided under Brightness and color.
    Opening up HDR Settings
  4. Now, on the HDR menu, if you have multiple monitors, choose the monitor that you game on and then make sure the Use HDR option is disabled by using the slider provided next to it. In case you do not see a Use HDR option, then that means that your monitor doesn’t support HDR.
    HDR Settings
  5. After doing that, go ahead and open up your game to see if the problem still persists. 

Reinstall Graphics Drivers

As it turns out, graphics drivers are really important when it comes down to gaming as the driver is what’s used by the operating system to communicate with the graphics card that is installed on your computer. If you do not have the proper drivers installed or they are updated or damaged, it is obvious that you will not be able to play games without any issues on your computer. Therefore, in order to resolve the issue, you will have to reinstall the graphics drivers on your computer by downloading the latest version available from your manufacturer’s website. To do this, follow the instructions that are given down below:

  1. First of all, open up the Start Menu and search for Device Manager and then open it up.
    Opening up Device Manager
  2. Once the Device Manager window is open, expand the Display adapters list.
    Device Manager
  3. Right-click on your graphics card drivers and from the drop-down, choose the Uninstall device option.
    Uninstalling Graphics Drivers
  4. Once the driver has been uninstalled, go ahead and navigate to your graphics card manufacturer’s website. 
  5. Download the latest drivers available for your GPU and then install them on your computer.
  6. After doing that, go ahead and reboot your computer.
  7. Finally, try opening up the game to see if the problem is still there. 

Repair Call Of Duty Vanguard

Another thing that can cause your game to always crash is when you are missing some game files or something is damaged. This can happen sometimes when the installation is interrupted or your antivirus software can, in some cases, delete some files from your computer. Regardless of the cause, you can actually solve this by running a scan of the game files integrity using the Launcher which will look for any missing or damaged files and then repair them. Follow the instructions down below to repair your game files:

  1. First of all, open up the Launcher.
  2. Once the launcher is up, next to the Play button for Vanguard, click on the Options drop-down menu and then choose the Scan and Repair option provided.
    Repairing Game
  3. Wait for it to complete and once your game has been repaired, launch it to see if the issue is still there. 

Perform a Clean Boot

Finally, if none of the above methods have fixed the problem for you, then you can try performing a clean boot to see if that resolves the issue for you. As we have mentioned, in some cases the problem can originate due to the interference of any background application. In such a case, a clean boot can really help to figure if that’s what is causing the issue. A clean boot essentially boots up your computer with all the unnecessary services disabled so Windows starts with only the required services. 

In case the problem goes away after performing a clean boot, then it is obvious that a third-party application in the background is causing the problem. In such a scenario, you can try to turn on each service one by one to figure out what application is actually causing the problem. Follow the instructions down below to perform a clean boot:

  1. First of all, open up the Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R on your keyboard.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type in msconfig and then hit the Enter key.
    Opening up System Configuration Window
  3. This will bring up the System Configuration window. There, switch to the Services tab.
  4. At the bottom, click on the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.
    Hiding Microsoft Services
  5. After that, click the Disable all button provided. Then, click the Apply button.
    Disabling Services
  6. Once you have done that, go ahead and switch to the Startup tab, and there, click on the Open Task Manager option.
    Startup Tab
  7. On the Task Manager window, choose every application one by one and then click on the Disable button provided at the bottom.
    Disabling Startup Applications
  8. Once you have done all of this, go ahead and perform a system restart.
  9. Your computer should now start with the minimal amount of services running in the background. 
  10. After your PC boots up, open up the game to see if the problem is still there.

Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.