How to Fix: “MINOT HAWTHRONE” Error in COD MW3

The error message Failed To Request Daily Login Reason: MINOT- HAWTHORNE occurs during the loading phase of zombie mode, preventing the affected players from accessing zombie mode and, in some instances, any other mode.

Backend issues on the server are the primary cause of this error. Unfortunately, there is no official acknowledgment of this troublesome bug from the developers. Affected players find their items and battle pass rewards inaccessible. Below are some potential solutions to resolve this issue.

1. Check Server Status

Since this error mainly originates from a server-side problem, it is advised to verify the game’s server status first. By doing so, you’re basically making sure that the problem does not come from the game provider’s end. If an outage or maintenance is in progress, it’s likely the source of the error, and understanding this can save you time.

You’ll know to simply wait for the developers to resolve the server-side problems rather than performing further troubleshooting.

  1. Enter your preferred web browser’s name (e.g., Google Chrome) in the Windows search box.
  2. Afterward, click on the Open button.
  3. Go to Activision’s server status page for COD MW 3.
  4. Identify the status of your particular error.
  5. Find out what progress has been made by the developers in fixing this issue.
  6. Look for any potential solutions offered by the game officials.

2. Flush Your DNS

By clearing the DNS cache, your computer forgets any previous DNS configurations it has stored. This means that the next time you attempt to connect to the game’s servers, your system will make a fresh request to locate the server IP address. If issues comes from an outdated or corrupted cache entry, this fresh lookup could bypass those issues.

Note: Reset your internet router by unplugging its power supply for 30 seconds before reconnecting it.

  1. Type cmd into the Windows search bar.
  2. Click on the Open button.
  3. The Command Prompt window will appear.
  4. In the Command Prompt, type the following command:
    ipconfig /flushdns

  5. Press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  6. You will see a confirmation message afterwards.

Note: It is advisable to use an ethernet cable instead of WI-FI for a more stable connection.

3. Re-Login to Your Activision Account

When you log out and log back into your Activision account, it can clear temporary data conflicts or session-related bugs. This process refreshes your authentication tokens and re-synchronizes your profile with the game servers, which may clear up any mismatch or old data causing the error message to appear.

Hence, re-authenticating might be the immediate fix to getting you back into the game without further frustration.

  1. Open your preferred web browser.
  2. Visit the Activision website.
  3. Click on the LOG OUT button in the top right corner.
  4. You will be logged out from your account.
  5. Navigate to the Activision login page.
  6. Enter your correct Email Address and Password to log in.
  7. Your account will be logged back in.

4. Temporarily Disable Firewall/Antivirus

These security programs can sometimes be overprotective, mistaking game files for potential threats and blocking them. By disabling them briefly, you’re making sure that these protective measures aren’t the cause of your connectivity issues, allowing a direct, unrestricted line to the game’s servers.

Windows Firewall:

  1. Type Windows Security into the Windows search box.
  2. Click on the Open button.
  3. Go to the Firewall & network protection tab.
  4. Select your active network profile.
  5. Find the Microsoft Defender Firewall option and toggle it off.
  6. Confirm by clicking Yes when prompted.

Note: Re-enable your firewall settings after testing the game for the error.

Windows Defender:

  1. Type Windows Security into the Windows search box.
  2. Click on the Open button.
  3. Select the Virus & threat protection tab.
  4. Go to Manage settings.
  5. Toggle off the Real-Time Protection option.
  6. Confirm by clicking Yes when prompted.

Note: Re-enable your Windows Defender settings after testing the game for the error.

5. Use a VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to route your game connection through a different region. Server-side errors can be localized to certain geographical locations. Using a VPN may enable you to bypass these restrictions by switching among different regions to check for error consistency.

Note: Download VPN software at your discretion and risk.

  1. Type your preferred web browser’s name (e.g., Google Chrome) in the Windows search box.
  2. Afterward, click on the Open button.
  3. Download a VPN of your choice, either free or paid.
  4. Click on the three dots icon at the top-right corner of your screen.
  5. Select the Downloads tab.
  6. Find the downloaded VPN file and click on it.
  7. If a confirmation prompt appears, click Yes if you trust the source.
  8. Install the VPN by following the provided installation steps.
  9. Launch the VPN and select your preferred region before clicking on the Connect button.

6. Scan and Repair Game Files

This process thoroughly compares your local game files with the new versions housed on the game’s official servers. If it detects any inconsistency, such as missing or corrupted files, it automatically gets and reinstalls the correct versions. This not only makes sure that all game components are up to date and intact but also helps in fixing any issues that might be causing the game to stumble during startup or gameplay.

Note: Make sure the game is updated if an update is available.

  1. Type into the Windows search box.
  2. Click on the Open button.
  3. Select the All Games option at the top-left side of the screen.
  4. Find and select Call of Duty MW3.
  5. Click on the Settings option next to the Play button.
  6. Click the Scan and Repair button.
  7. When prompted by a confirmation message, select the Begin Scan option to start the verification process.

Note: Restart your PC afterward.

If your issue persists after attempting these solutions, consider reaching out to Activision’s support team for further assistance.


Muhammad Zubyan

Muhammad Zubyan is a certified Google IT Support Professional with over 7 years of extensive experience. He has worked on more than 1500 computers, gaining valuable insights that enable him to detect and troubleshoot any complicated root cause of Windows-related issues and errors. In addition to managing Appuals as a Senior Editor, he is currently developing his own Game Optimization program that caters to both gamers and casual users alike.