Games on Steam have been known to launch with issues here and there, and Modern Warfare 3 is the latest one having problems. If you encounter an error where your MW3 won’t launch on Steam, read this guide for possible fixes.
Modern Warfare 3 Not Launching on Steam Solution
Below you will find four possible solutions to Modern Warfare 3 not launching on Steam. Start with the first one, as it is the most likely solution, and work your way down if the problem persists.
Fix #1 – Run MW3 as Administrator
The most common solution to MW3 not launching on Steam is that the player isn’t running the game as an administrator. To run Modern Warfare 3 as an admin, right-click the Steam or MW3 shortcut icon on your PC and then select “Run as Administrator.” This should fix the error. Move on to method two if your MW3 is still not working.
Fix #2 – Scan and Fix Game Files
For many PC games that refuse to launch on Steam, the problem boils down to scanning and fixing the game files. To scan and fix files, head into the Steam Library and right-click on Modern Warfare 3. Next, click on Properties and then the option “verify file integrity.” Doing so will allow your system to review all of Modern Warfare 3’s files and replace the damaged ones, fixing the launching problems.
Fix #3 – Update GPU Drivers
Often, PC players forget to update GPU Drivers, which can lead to game issues. Updating the Graphics Drivers is a must, and you can do so by downloading the AMD or Nvidia app. Just make sure you download the proper one that matches your graphics card. You can also update drivers from the official website for your card, although it’s easier to have the app ready for any future problems.
Fix #4 – Uninstall and Re-install MW3 and Steam
If none of those fixes worked for you, your next best bet is to uninstall and then re-install both Steam and Modern Warfare 3. This should be a last-case scenario considering how large Call of Duty MW3 is, and the time to download can take hours, but it could be worth it as it most likely will fix the not launching error.
- This article was updated on November 11th, 2023