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How to fix CoD: Vanguard crashing & freezing issues

If you’re having trouble with Call of Duty: Vanguard freezing and crashing, here are some tips that should fix the problem.



Vanguard Constanze Operator

Call of Duty: Vanguard players have reported that their game has been constantly crashing, so here are some potential fixes to get you back into the WW2 action.

Vanguard has been hailed as one of the “smoothest” Call of Duty launches yet, but there have been a few bugs niggling away beneath the surface. One of the most prominent is PC players who have been plagued by crashing and freezing issues, but there are a few solutions you can try.

After applying the best PC settings, thanks to YouTuber ComputerSluggish Tutorials, here are some solutions you can try to stop Vanguard from freezing and stuttering.

Check Windows is up-to-date

CoD Vanguard shipment gameplay

The reason Call of Duty: Vanguard is crashing could be something as simple as Windows not being up-to-date.

Here’s how to ensure Windows is up-to-date:

  1. Open up ‘Settings’ on Windows 10
  2. Click on ‘Update & Security’
  3. Select ‘Check for updates’
  4. If you have an update available, you can now install it

Check your graphics drivers are up-to-date

Vanguard player using type 100

The reason why Vanguard is consistently crashing could be something as simple as your graphics drivers being out of date. NVIDIA and AMD regularly release new drivers tailored to specific new releases, so you want to make sure they’re as up-to-date as possible.

Here’s how to check and update your graphics drivers:

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

Make sure your graphics card isn’t overclocked

Vanguard Operator using a Sniper Rifle

Many gamers overclock their graphics card to squeeze out more performance, but this can cause issues with Vanguard.

ComputerSluggish Tutorials recommends that, if you can, you remove any overclocking settings from your graphics card and then try launching Call of Duty: Vanguard. This involves getting into the guts of your PC, so we only recommend doing this if you’re confident in your tech skills.

Close other applications

Having other applications or programs open while playing Vanguard could be causing issues, so make sure that everything is closed down while you play.

Run Vanguard as an administrator

Vanguard Beatrice Operator

Some players have experienced issues with Call of Duty: Vanguard when the game and aren’t set to run as an administrator.

This is a quick fix, so here’s how to do it:

  1. Right click on the CoD: Vanguard shortcut on your desktop
  2. Select ‘Properties’
  3. Select the ‘Compatibility’ tab
  4. Tick the ‘Run this program as an administrator’ box
  5. Select ‘Apply’
  6. Do the exact same for the shortcut

Unplug external devices

Vanguard’s crashes could be caused by something plugged into your computer, such as a faulty USB device. You should unplug all devices (except for your mouse and keyboard) and see if the crashing issues are fixed. If they are, trial and error each device to see what the issue is.

Disable NVIDIA in-game overlay

The NVIDIA overlay could be causing further issues for Vanguard, so it’s worth disabling it.

Here’s how to disable the NVIDIA overlay:

  1. Launch the GeForce Experience app
  2. Click the ‘Settings’ cog
  3. Look for the ‘In-Game Overlay’ box under ‘General’
  4. Toggle the in-game overlay to ‘Off’
  5. Do the same for any other applications such as Discord

Restart Vanguard’s Shader Compilation

Vanguard restart shaders install menu

Vanguard will download shaders after a major update or graphics driver update, but this can go wrong. You can re-download the shaders compilation from inside Vanguard, which should correct any issues with shaders.

Here’s how to reinstall shaders in Vanguard:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Go the the ‘Settings’ tab
  3. Select ‘Reinstall Shaders Compliation’ under display
  4. Wait for the shaders to install
  5. Restart Vanguard
  6. Launch into a match to see if the issues are fixed

Scan and Repair Vanguard

Scan and Repair option in

If none of these fixes work, you should try running a Scan and Repair on Vanguard. This will find and fix any missing or corrupt files.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open
  2. Click on ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’
  3. Hit ‘Options’ beside the ‘Play’ button
  4. Select ‘Scan and Repair’
  5. When done, launch Vanguard

Hopefully one of these solutions will solve your crashing and stuttering issues in Call of Duty: Vanguard!

You can also check out the life-saving Bombing Run tip every Vanguard player needs to know.

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When is Vanguard Season 5? Season 4 end date & expected content

Here’s everything you need to know about the Vanguard Season 5 update with its expected release date and content.



Vanguard Operators USS Texas

Call of Duty fans are busy enjoying everything Vanguard Season 4 has to offer, but it’s never too early to look forward to the Season 5 update. Here’s when you can expect Season 4 to end as well as Season 5’s expected content.

Vanguard players are still getting to grips with the Season 4 update that brought USS Texas to multiplayer and the round-based Shi No Numa to Zombies. Initial reactions haven’t been positive, which is why players are eager to discover what awaits in Vanguard Season 5.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded, the mid-season update, is set expected to arrive in late July followed by Season 5. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 5, including its release date and expected content.

Expected Vanguard Season 5 release date

Vanguard Operator with Marco 5

Vanguard Season 4 is set to come to a close on Wednesday, August 24, and Season 5 should arrive immediately after.

Keep in mind that the date has not been officially confirmed by Sledgehammer Games. However, if we assume there won’t be delays, the new season should begin on August 24. We’ll update this article when an official release date has been revealed.

Vanguard Season 5 expected content

vanguard player using ugm-8

As of yet, none of Vanguard’s Season 5 content has been revealed, but we can use previous seasons to give players an idea of what to expect from the update.

Like previous seasons, Vanguard Season 4 brought new weapons like the Marco 5 and UGM-8 to the game. Season 4 also introduced players to a new multiplayer map, Zombies map, and Blueprint Gun Game mode.

Using Vanguard’s previous seasons as a starting point, here’s everything we expect to see in Vanguard Season 5:

  • Season 5 Battle Pass
  • New Operators
  • New weapons
  • New Ranked Play rewards
  • New game modes
  • New multiplayer map
  • Weapon buffs and nerfs
  • New Zombies content
  • More

After the Season 4 update, Treyarch confirmed that more round-based Zombies maps would be coming to Vanguard and we might see another new map in Season 5.

Back in April, a CoD leaker reported that in-game files suggest there won’t be a Season 6 for Vanguard and Warzone Pacific. As of yet, there’s no official word if Season 5 will be the final season of Vanguard content.

Butcher fighting in Vanguard Zombies Shi No Numa map

Those are the details we know about Vanguard Season 5 so far! We’ll be updating this section regularly so be sure to check in as information about the next season gets revealed.

If you’re interested in the battle royale aspect of Call of Duty, be sure to check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 5.

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Modern Warfare 2 fans beg devs not to add the “most annoying thing ever” from Vanguard

CoD fans have revealed which Vanguard feature they don’t want Infinity Ward to include in Modern Warfare 2’s release.



Vanguard Operator and Ghost

Modern Warfare 2 will feature a plethora of content when it arrives, and Call of Duty players are hoping that one “annoying” Vanguard feature won’t be included in the game.

There is a ton of anticipation for Modern Warfare 2 which is set to bring a ton of brand-new content for players to enjoy, including a fun campaign, new maps to battle on, and notable AI changes.

As the game’s release date draws near, Call of Duty players have revealed what Vanguard content they don’t want to see appear, including one particular feature that has been heavily criticized.

Vanguard MVP voting screen

Reddit user ‘Mysterious-Aerie6654’ explained why they don’t want to see MVP voting in Modern Warfare 2. This is a system in Vanguard that lets you vote on who is the most valuable player in the game.

MVP voting in Vanguard has been criticized because it stops the game and makes players watch animations. The Redditor claimed that whenever this pops up, they instantly shut the game off.

Mysterious-Aerie6654 stated: “I can’t believe anyone would think players would enjoy this. I can only play 1 game on Vanguard before I close it down for a few weeks. Seriously though, if MWII has MVP voting then I won’t buy it. That is how strongly I feel.”

Many of the commenters in the thread agreed with this, stating that Vanguard’s MVP voting isn’t fun to sit through and that the Modern Warfare 2 developers should not add this feature to the upcoming title.

According to one poll, 75% of Vanguard players want the removal of the MVP screen, and one user in the thread even described the system as the “most annoying thing ever” for making the in-game menu inaccessible when it pops up.

A few users felt that the MVP voting system can be integrated into the game in a less frustrating way if the Modern Warfare 2 developers are willing to make a few changes to how it works.

One suggestion was that rather than having everyone vote for the best player, the game should automatically put that up on the screen based on the most kills, most captured, most points, and highest K/D.

At the time of writing, Infinity Ward have not confirmed this feature for Modern Warfare 2, so it remains to be seen whether or not it will be in the Call of Duty title when it finally arrives. We’ll be sure to let you know if they announce MVP voting for the game.

For more Call of Duty content, take a look at these major Sniper changes that CoD fans want to see in MW2 and how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good.

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Best Vanguard Zombies weapons to use in Season 4’s Shi No Numa

You’ll need the best weapons to survive Vanguard Zombies’ Shi No Numa, so here are the top five weapons you need in Season 4.



Vanguard Zombies best weapons

Vanguard Zombies has been given a welcome breath of life with Season 4’s round-based Shi No Numa remake. You’ll need the best weapons to survive, so here are the top five weapons in Vanguard Zombies.

After a poorly-received launch, Vanguard Zombies finally added a classic round-based experience with the Season 4 update. Shi No Numa has returned, bringing the Wunderwaffe Wonder Weapon and a new Main Quest Easter Egg.

Whether you’re looking to last as long as possible in Der Anfang or Terra Maledicta, or want to achieve the highest round you can in Shi No Numa, you’ll need the best weapons. While almost any weapon can be viable, we’re counting down the top five you should equip in Vanguard Zombies Season 4.

Top 5 best Vanguard Zombies weapons

5. Panzerfaust

Panzerfaust launcher in CoD Vanguard

With the right Covenants, the Panzerfaust Launcher will be able to decimate any zombie that comes at you in Vanguard Zombies thanks to its huge splash damage.

You’ll find the Panzerfaust pretty ineffective for the first few rounds, but keep visiting the Altar of Covenants until you equip the Legendary Death Blow, Explosives Expert, and Critical Expertise.

Combined, you’ll get more rockets back for any critical hits, you’ll get critical hits for body shots, and you’ll be completely immune to your Panzerfaust’s splash damage. With this, you can just run around and blow up any zombie in sight.

4. Whitley LMG

Whitley LMG in CoD Vanguard

The only fully automatic weapon on this list, the Whitley LMG is perfect for Vanguard Zombies players who want to unleash a torrent of bullets at the incoming hordes.

While it doesn’t have the same raw damage output as some of the other weapons on this list, its low recoil and high fire rate allow it to shred through Zombies extremely fast. It becomes especially powerful when Pack-a-Punched, so make sure you upgrade it as soon as possible.

3. Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle

Gorenko anti-tank rifle in CoD Vanguard

The Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle will reward accurate Vanguard Zombies players with its headshots dealing incredibly high damage.

Equipped with the Death Blow Covenant, you’ll keep getting ammo back for every headshot you land, making up for its low magazine size. You may struggle when surrounded by hordes of the undead, but there are few weapons that’ll chew through a Sturmkreiger’s armor faster.

2. Combat Shotgun

Combat Shotgun in CoD Vanguard

The Combat Shotgun is the perfect weapon when starting out in Vanguard Season 4’s Shi No Numa thanks to its high damage and quick reload.

The Combat Shotgun deals devastating damage per shot, and thanks to its magazine, you’ll be able to reload almost instantly. With how luck-based finding the right Covenants can be,

It only gets better as the rounds go on and you start unlocking Covenants. Like all of the weapons on this list, the Death Blow Covenant is vital thanks to it keeping your ammo topped up at all times.

1. Einhorn Revolving

Einhorn Revolving Shotgun in CoD Vanguard

The Einhorn Revolving Shotgun is by far the best weapon you can use in Vanguard Zombies thanks to its devastating damage and high fire rate.

The Einhorn’s only drawback is its incredibly long reload, but that can be easily countered by picking up the Death Blow Covenant. With almost unlimited ammo and a semi-automatic fire rate, you’re completely set up for success and will make short work of any enemy that gets in your way.

For more Zombies, be sure to check out how to summon one in Warzone’s new Fortune’s Keep map, as well as everything we know about the Rebirth of the Dead mode.

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