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How to Fix Modern Warfare 2 Not Launching on Xbox

Is Modern Warfare 2 not launching on Xbox One, Series X, or Series Y?

Are you unable to get past the login screen in MW2?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 features the operators of Task Force 141.

You can play with your friends and complete classified missions and tactical operations.

The game has new gun handling, a better system, a new gunsmith, and other innovations.

You can play modes like single-player campaigns, multiplayer combat, and co-op mode.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) not launching on Xbox when you press start.

Why is MW2 not launching on Xbox?

MW2 is not launching on Xbox because you don’t have an active Xbox Live subscription.

You need an Xbox Live subscription to get past the login screen.

Otherwise, you need to play offline because you’re restricted from playing online.

Some users forgot to renew their Xbox Live subscription, so they are stuck on the login screen.

Here’s a comment by S Atkinson on YouTube, “Make sure you’ve paid your Xbox Live! My card has expired and that’s why it was stuck on the main screen!”.

How to fix Modern Warfare 2 not launching on Xbox

To fix Modern Warfare 2 not launching on Xbox, you need to enable offline mode.

To do so, press “A”, press “B”, and select “Go Offline”.

If it’s still not launching, you need to make sure that you have an active Xbox Live subscription.

If you don’t, you need to subscribe to Xbox Live or renew your subscription.

Fix 1: Enable offline mode

  1. Launch Modern Warfare 2.
  2. On the “Press A to start” screen, press “A”.
  3. After you’ve pressed “A”, immediately press “B”.
  4. A menu will pop up and you’ll have to select “Go Offline”.
  5. Press the select/options button to go into the online menu.

Source: YouTube.

Fix 2: Get an Xbox Live subscription

  1. Turn on your Xbox console.
  2. Go to the Xbox/Microsoft Store.
  3. Find “Xbox Live Gold” and select it.
  4. Choose a plan and pay using a debit/credit card.
  5. Launch Modern Warfare 2.

Source: Youtube.

Further reading

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