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How to fix CoD: Warzone “Checking for update” bug: Xbox, PC & PS5

Tired of Warzone Season 2 freezing on the “Checking for update” screen? Check out our quick guide on how to fix this bug on PC, Xbox & PS5.

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One of Warzone’s most frustrating bugs causes players to get stuck on the game’s “checking for update” screen. Here’s everything you need to fix it on Xbox, PC, PS4, or PS5.

There’s nothing more annoying than wanting to hop straight into a game of Warzone, and quite simply being told no. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening to a lot of Warzone players thanks to the “checking for update” issue, which forces players to watch the game endlessly search for a patch that doesn’t exist.

Thankfully, there are some workarounds that can help you get past this screen. Chances are that at least one of them should fix Warzone for you, and you can resume smashing players and Zombies with your beastly AUG in Call of Duty: Warzone.

How to fix the Warzone “checking for update” bug on PC

There are plenty of ways for players to fix this glitch, although some such as purging the Blizzard-related cache or sanning & repairing using the Battle.net launcher are only available on PC.

These useful tips should get those who play on their computer back into action fairly quickly, although some of them are quite technical.

1. Restart your internet connection

  1. Disconnect your router
  2. Reconnect your router and wait a few minutes
  3. Check Warzone

One of the most basic fixes for any internet instability, simply disconnect your router, reconnect it, wait for it to boot up, and try again.

2. Scan and repair Warzone’s game files

  1. Go to Battle.net
  2. Log in and go to Warzone
  3. Click ‘Options’ and then ‘Scan and Repair’
  4. Select ‘Begin Scan’
  5. Once done, boot up Warzone and see if the screen has vanished

3. Change your DNS settings

  1. Open up ‘Network & Internet Settings’
  2. Go to ‘Change Adapter Options’
  3. Right-click your Network Adapter and click on ‘Properties’
  4. Select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4’ (TCP/IPv4) and click ‘Properties’
  5. Use these DNS server addresses: For Preferred DNS server, type 8.8.8.8; and for Alternate DNS server, type 8.8.4.4 and then press ‘Ok’ to save changes
  6. Now purge the DNS cache. On your keyboard, press the Windows Logo key and type cmd. Then select ‘Run as administrator.
  7. In the pop-up window, directly after “system32>” type in ‘ipconfig /flushdns’ and then press ‘Enter’
  8. Start Warzone and see if it’s working now

4. Update your Network Driver

  1. You need to update your Network Driver either Manually or Automatically
  2. If Manually, visit the website of your motherboard manufacturer, then search for your model. Network Drivers can be found in the support or download page and only download the network driver compatible with your system
  3. If Automatically, download Driver Easy
  4. Launch it and click ‘Scan Now’
  5. Click ‘Update All’ to download the Drivers
  6. Restart your PC and try Warzone again

5. Temporarily disable your firewall

  1. Press the ‘Windows Logo’ key and the ‘R’ key at the same time
  2. Type: control firewall.cpl into the box and click ‘Ok’
  3. Now select ‘Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off’
  4. Then click on ‘Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)’ for all three settings, and click ‘Ok’
  5. Attempt Warzone again
  1. Press the ‘Windows Logo’ key and the ‘R’ key
  2. Type ‘%programdata%’ into the box and click ‘Ok’
  3. One at a time, right-click the ‘Battle.net’ and ‘Blizzard Entertainment’ folders, then choose ‘Delete’
  4. Press the Windows Logo’ key and the ‘R’ key again
  5. Type or paste ‘%appdata%’ into the box and click ‘Ok’
  6. Right-click the ‘Battle.net’ folder and select ‘Delete’
  7. Press the ‘Windows Logo’ key and the ‘R’ key
  8. Type ‘%localappdata%’ into the box and click ‘Ok’
  9. This time, right-click the ‘Battle.net’ and ‘Blizzard Entertainment’ folders and select ‘Delete’

How to fix Warzone “checking for update” bug on Xbox & PS5

If this glitch is affecting you on either an Xbox or PlayStation console, there are still some ways for you to get around it.

1. Restart the game

  1. Press the home button on either your Xbox or PS5 controller, and head back to your console’s main screen.
  2. Select the Warzone game, and press start. Then select close application. If the game is unresponsive or you can’t get it to close, try ejecting the disc if you’re using one.
  3. Restart the game and check if it has worked.

2. Restart your console

  • If your game is stuck in the “checking for update” loop, switch off your console either by using your controller, or the power button on the console itself.
  • Leave for 10 seconds, turn it back on, and try your Warzone application.

3. Restart your internet connection

  1. Disconnect your router
  2. Reconnect your router and wait a few minutes
  3. Check Warzone

4. Redownload the latest Warzone update

PS4 & PS5

  1. Go to your notifications icon on the home screen, and select downloads.
  2. Select the update you want to delete, press enter, then cancel and delete.
  3. Go back to home screen, select Warzone, press start, and check for update.

Xbox

  1. Go to “My Games and Apps,” then queue on the left hand side.
  2. Find the game being update, then press the Menu button on your controller.
  3. Select cancel.

5. Delete your PS5 or Xbox system cache

PS4 & PS5

  1. Turn off your console, making sure not to enter Rest Mode.
  2. Once your console has stopped blinking, remove the power cable.
  3. Wait at least 30 seconds.
  4. Plug the power cable back in and restart your console.

Xbox

  1. Turn off your console.
  2. Once the lights on the front of the console and the power brick are off, unplug the power cable from the rear of the console.
  3. Wait at least 30 seconds.
  4. Play the power cable back in and restart your console.

Hopefully one of these suggestions will have worked for you, no matter which platform you choose to play Warzone on. In the unfortunate case that none of these have solved this issue, your next step is to reinstall the game, which can be a lengthy process.

You should be free of the checking for update bug and can enjoy some cheat-free Warzone against some of the top Warzone streamers in the world!

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What are Strongholds in Warzone 2? Leak reveals new loadout system

According to leaks, Warzone 2 could overhaul the loadout system with areas called Strongholds. Here’s what we know about the new mechanic.

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Here’s everything we know about Strongholds, a new mechanic that is set to feature in Warzone 2. Leaks explain that these areas could bring changes to the loadout system in the new iteration of the battle royale.

On May 17, Warzone 2 leaks began to circulate online after NerosCinema revealed a ton of new information about the battle royale. This information was later corroborated by renowned leaker Tom Henderson.

One of the major pieces of information in the recent information dump was the apparent change to how loadout drops work in Warzone 2. While loadouts are expected to remain in the game, the method of securing one could change with the introduction of Strongholds.

Leaked Warzone 2 Strongholds explained

In the video, NerosCinema briefly discusses how loadouts in Warzone 2 are expected to be locked behind areas called Strongholds. According to leaks, players must complete a set of tasks or objectives within a Stronghold to access their loadout.

Tom Henderson’s report discussing the leaks provided additional details regarding Warzone 2’s Strongholds. In terms of their placement around the Warzone 2 map, Henderson confirmed that “there are around 25-30 of them spread out across the entire map.”

This is around the same number of Buy Stations that you’ll see in a current match of Warzone.

As previously mentioned, players will be required to complete a set of tasks in order to “take” a Stronghold. These tasks could range from defusing a bomb to defeating enemy AI. The important thing to note is that the Stronghold objectives will vary in difficulty, “there are several different tiers of Strongholds too.”

Tasks of greater difficulty are said to provide the most valuable rewards, “presumably, the harder the stronghold, the bigger reward.” This new dynamic element will allow players to judge the risk and reward of attempting to take a Stronghold.

Strongholds could act as a new strategic layer that forces players to calculate their next moves in Warzone 2. Once a Stronghold is secured, it cannot be taken a second time. Panic could start to set in if you’re forced to travel to a distant Stronghold in order to secure a loadout.

Henderson points out that this won’t be the first time we see AI in Warzone as the devs tested a similar feature with Armored Transport Trucks in Season 2.


For more Warzone 2 news, check out if Warzone Operators & skins will transfer to Warzone 2.

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Four classic Modern Warfare 2 maps to return in Warzone 2, claims leaks

Reputable industry insider Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2’s brand-new map will bring classic Modern Warfare 2 maps as POIs.

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Warzone 2 is on the way and while nothing official has been revealed, a ton of new information has come from leakers and insiders. Industry insider Tom Henderson claims we can expect to see POIs built around four fan-favorite Modern Warfare 2 maps in Warzone 2.

Warzone’s sequel was confirmed to be in development alongside Modern Warfare 2 back in February 2022, but the developers haven’t said anything else since. Instead, leakers have been revealing new details about both Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2.

Soon after YouTuber NerosCinema dropped a ton of new leaks, insider Tom Henderson claims we can see at least four classic Modern Warfare 2 maps in POIs around Warzone 2’s Blackout-like map. While these are just leaks for now and nothing is confirmed, here’s every MW2 map Tom Henderson claims will arrive in Warzone 2’s map.

High Rise

High Rise was first revealed to return by YouTuber NerosCinema, whose source claims to have played Warzone 2. This leak was then corroborated in Tom Henderson’s eXputer report, where it’s “located at the top right of the map under the POI name ‘Modern City.'”

While Modern City isn’t the POI’s final name, Henderson said that Warzone 2’s map “contains a large city with a lot of skyscrapers and tall buildings.” TheGhostOfHope previously claimed that the map is inspired by Medellín, which is the second-largest city in Colombia.

Quarry

Quarry is set to be its own POI at the top left of the map, according to Tom Henderson. Quarry is a classic Modern Warfare 2 map blending long sightlines for sniping with confined spaces for close-quarters combat.

As Quarry is only a medium-sized map, this should be one of the areas that have been “added and expanded upon.”

Terminal

Warzone players were desperate for the fan-favorite Terminal map to be added to Verdansk’s airport, and Henderson claims it’ll finally arrive with Warzone 2’s Airport POI.

He said that it’s “located at the bottom right of the map,” and will be “one of three locations on the map with a large stronghold.”

Afghan

Afghan, which features a crashed aircraft in the middle of a canyon in Afghanistan, is set be “towards the middle of the map, but slightly to the left” inside the ‘Caves’ POI.

The caves are a major chokepoint in Afghan, so you can expect a ton of close-quarters fights at this POI.


Also, according to Henderson, there should also be even more classic Modern Warfare 2 maps arriving in Warzone 2, with Henderson theorizing that the ‘Mountain Town’ POI could feature Favela. He said there are “several more locations” that hint toward more maps, but he couldn’t confirm ahead of publishing.

Henderson also claimed that this will be the same map as Modern Warfare 2’s upcoming Escape from Tarkov-inspired DMZ mode.

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Best Armaguerra 43 loadout for Warzone Season 3

The Armaguerra 43 is an extremely effective SMG, and here’s the best loadout for it in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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The Armaguerra 43 is an extremely effective SMG, and with the right attachments, Perks, and equipment you can make the best loadout for it in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

Warzone features a plethora of powerful SMGs that are ideal weapons for close-range combat, and while the Armaguerra 43 was nerfed shortly after its arrival in Season 2 Reloaded, it still remains a viable pick.

This weapon is a great choice because of its impressively fast fire rate and low recoil. If you want to make it perform even better then you’ll need to equip the right attachments, Perks, and equipment.

Here’s how you can make the best Armaguerra 43 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3.

Best Warzone Armaguerra 43 loadout

Best Warzone Armaguerra 43 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Botti 570mm Precisione
  • Optic: M38/Slate 2.5x Custom
  • Stock: Botti DA
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 72 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk 1: Hardscope
  • Perk 2: Quick

We’ll start off this Warzone loadout by equipping the M1929 Silencer muzzle, Botti 570mm Precisione barrel, and M1930 Strife Angled underbarrel to boost the weapon’s bullet velocity and recoil control while providing sound suppression.

The Stippled Grip will further improve the SMG’s accuracy and you can take advantage of this by equipping the M38/Slate 2.5x Custom optic to pick off enemies during medium-range engagements.

We picked the 8mm Kurz 72 Round Mags along with the Lengenthed ammo to ensure you have plenty of rounds to eliminate multiple enemies. The Hardscope perk will boost your accuracy after aiming down sights and Quick lets you sprint faster.

Best Warzone Armaguerra 43 Perks & equipment

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal Equipment: Throwing Knife
  • Tactical Equipment: Stim

You’ll need some protection from enemies throwing grenades and thermite during close-quarters combat, so we recommend equipping the E.O.D Perk to make you more resistant to explosive damage.

In the second slot, you’ll need Overkill so that you can pair the SMG with a Sniper Rifle like the ZRG 20mm for long-range combat. Amped will allow you to quickly switch between the two if an enemy team gets the drop on you.

This SMG forces you up close and personal with opponents, so a well-placed Throwing Knife is the perfect way to quickly remove an enemy from the equation, and a Stim will grant you a quick health boost.

How to unlock Armaguerra 43 in Warzone

The Armaguerra is unlocked via an in-game challenge, so all you have to do is score 10 hip-fire kills in 15 separate matches to add it to your arsenal.

If you own a copy of Vanguard, this should be a breeze in multiplayer matches, especially on small maps like the Shipment or Das Haus.

However, if you’re someone who only plays Warzone, it might be worth dropping in to Clash or Plunder to rack up some easy kills.

Best alternatives to the Armaguerra 43 in Warzone

Warzone is brimming with great SMGs, if you’re looking for an alternative to the Armaguerra 43 then the Owen Gun and Welgun are extremely viable picks for close-range combat encounters.

The MP40 is another great SMG that you can use to cause some mayhem in Warzone, thanks to its impressive damage and reliability at a variety of ranges.


For more Warzone content, take a look at how JGOD explains why Warzone’s Operation Monarch event “flopped” as well as this forgotten Warzone AR that outshines the STG44 in Season 3.

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