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Call of Duty (COD) Vanguard not working on Windows 10: How to fix it?

One of the most recent editions in the Call of Duty franchise is Call of Duty: Vanguard. This first-person shooter game, along with its PC system requirements, was recently published. These requirements have cleared that it can only be run on Windows 10 and 11. The older versions of Windows do not support the game. This is mostly due to the difference in optimization, performance and compatibility with other newer drivers. This is a typical occurrence in newer games that have been prevalent in recent years.

Call of Duty Vanguard
Call of Duty Vanguard

Activision recommends Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU with 4GB of VRAM. This is followed with at least 12GB of RAM and 61GB of storage space. The minimum specs to run the game is lower (equivalent to I3-4340 or AMD FX-6300 with 8GB RAM) than the recommended above. This will affect the performance a lot, while also limiting the content to multiplayer and zombie mode considering the storage capacity.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Windows 10 issue solution:

There have been quite a few reports in regards to the game not functioning or having stability issues despite meeting the recommended system Specs. The reason behind this issue lies in the OS and drivers not being updated to the latest version available. Because updates are provided on a regular basis, even new computers might have out-of-date drivers and operating systems.  While certain games and applications may work perfectly on an older machine, outdated drivers might cause technical problems with particular games or apps.

Older versions of Windows 10 have been known to create stability issues with Call of Duty: Vanguard, and the game may not support these versions because Microsoft no longer supports them.

Follow the steps below to update Windows 10 to its latest version:

  1. Click on the Start (Windows) button.
  2. Go to the settings menu (gear icon).
  3. Select the Update & Security icon from the menu.
  4. In the left sidebar, Select the Windows Update tab (circular arrows)
  5. Check for updates by Clicking the Check for updates button.
  6. Restart PC after updates download and install.

    Windows 10 update
    Windows 10 update

Follow the steps below to update Video Drivers to the latest version:

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Click OK after typing “DxDiag.”
  3. Select the Display tab when the DirectX Diagnostic Tool has loaded. The name and manufacturer of the video card are provided in the Device section. In the Driver area, you’ll find the most recent driver version.

    Direct X Diagnostic
    Direct X Diagnostic – Video Card
  4. To get the most up-to-date driver, go to the manufacturer’s website. If you need help upgrading the driver, contact the driver’s manufacturer. If the machine is still under warranty, get in touch with the manufacturer.
  5. These Drivers can be from AMD, Nvidia from Intel.

 

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