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How to Fix Stuck Checking for Updates in COD MW2

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Hello there! You must be here because your “Checking for Updates” in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is stuck. Have no fear, we got this covered. Resolving this error in CoD MW2 is not a big issue – here’s how to fix the frozen “Checking for Updates” error in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on PC (Steam).

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How to Fix Frozen “Checking for Updates” Error in CoD MW2

The fix is very easy to pull off, and just requires some of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare files to be re-downloaded, so patience is advised. Here is what you need to do exactly:

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  • Open your Steam client
  • Head out to your Library
  • Right-click on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta from the installed games list
  • Click on the “Manage” option from the drop-down menu that will appear
  • Then on the “Browse Local Files” option.
  • Go to the folder called “main
  • Within this folder, delete folders “data0“, “data1“, “toc0“, “toc1
  • Go back to the Steam Client and right-click on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta again
  • Click on Properties
  • Go to Local Files
  • Use the “Verify Integrity of Game Files” option to have Steam re-download the clean version of files that you have just deleted
  • Try playing CoD: MW2 again

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This info comes from an official Call of Duty Community Manager account on the Steam Discussion forums. Other sources say that you should delete the entire contents of the “main” folder. In any case, the option to verify the integrity of game files will download them anyway. Hopefully, a permanent fix to this issue will come out soon.

At the moment, this is the most likely way to fix the “Checking for Updates” error in COD MW2!

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