MW2 Stuck on ‘Press A to Start’: Fixed in 3 Minutes

Here're the shortest fixes for Modern Warfare 2 Stuck On ‘Press A To Start’ Screen 🎯


The MW2 stuck on press A to start screen problem frequently prevents players from entering the game. At the moment, this problem only affects users of Xbox consoles.

Several complaints from MW2 gamers claim that there is a glitch preventing players from having fun with the game. On the Xbox, the game loading screen frequently becomes stuck and won’t advance with a press A to start message. Follow these troubleshooting instructions if you’re also experiencing this bug.

Why MW2 press A to start not working?

There are many reasons why you cannot load into CoD MW2, but for now, the issue is caused by not being able to enter the game because MW2 stuck on press A to start screen on Xbox.

How to fix Modern Warfare 2 stuck on press A to start screen?

As a preliminary check, turn off your internet, the game will ask you if you want to play offline and you’ll have to select “Yes”.

If you disconnected your internet and the problem still persists, to potentially fix this bug, let’s dive into troubleshooting:

  1. Reboot your Xbox
  2. Reinstall MW2

1. Reboot your Xbox

Time needed: 3 minutes

Rebooting your Xbox is the first solution to try out as it potentially solves this isssue.

  1. Shut down your Xbox completely by pressing and holding the Xbox button on the front of the device for approximately 10 seconds.

  2. Unplug the power cord from the console. Wait 20 seconds.

  3. Reconnect the console’s power cable by plugging it back in.

  4. Turn your console on by pressing the Xbox button on the front of your device.

Try refreshing your operating system if that doesn’t help, then erase any potentially corrupted data that prevents you from using your console normally without erasing your games or apps.

Important: Prior to completing this step, make sure you remember your account logins. Additionally, all of your Home Xbox associations will be deleted.

  1. Open the guide by pressing the Xbox button.
  2. Select Profile & System > Settings > System > Console details > Reset console.
  3. Select Reset and keep my games & apps on the Reset your console? screen.

If the above troubleshooting steps didn’t work, you can try reinstalling the game.

2. Reinstall MW2

To reinstall Modern Warfare 2 on your Xbox console, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.
  2. Select “My games & apps.”
  3. Scroll to the right and select MW2.
  4. Press the “menu” button on your controller (the button with three lines on it).
  5. Select “Manage game & add-ons.”
  6. Select “Uninstall all.” This will remove the game and all of its associated content from your console.
  7. To reinstall the game, go back to the “My games & apps” menu and select “Ready to install.”
  8. Find MW2 you just uninstalled and select “Install.” The game will begin downloading and installing on your console.

Note: If you have a physical copy of the game, you will need to insert the disc into your console in order to reinstall it.

If the steps above don’t work, follow the instructions that a Reddit user has posted which helped several players to fix Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 stuck on start screen xbox.

If you ever run into Hueneme Concord error on MW2, make sure you read our latest article on how to fix the problem.

We hope that the solutions above have helped you to get rid of this annoying screen stuck. If you still have problems with that, reach out to Activision Support or wait until the developers share new updates.

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  1. Ace says

    This does not work still stuck

  2. Ryan says

    I’ve done all of this and it still doesn’t work.

    Keep getting to the same screen stating ‘press A to start’ and can’t progress further. Spent more time trying to get this game to work than actually playing.

    Trying to work out how I get a refund as this is rubbish!

    1. Greg says

      Worst game ever. Getting my money back. These f****** n****** don’t know s*** about how to put s*** together. Nothing but trash.

  3. LD03 says

    Still not working help me

  4. Casey says

    I have done all of this and contacted Activision and I have been stuck at the start menu for 4 days. I want a refund and a new copy of Modern Warfare 2 issued.

  5. Dave Clark says

    I am experiencing this now. I have gone through all the points and am still stuck. Activision is zero help. I cannot get a live person, all of their support are online troubleshooting blogs.

    1. Flux says

      I just got this today. So restarting the Xbox didn’t solve it, neither did reinstalling it. I did find however that using a different account might help fix it. I used an alt account that doesn’t even have an activiton account connected to it. Basically I loaded mw2 up with the account, it said I needed to make and Activision account but I simply just declined and went to offline. I could see campaign and other options. Then I just closed the game and hopped on my main account.

  6. Xboxguy says

    None of this worked either??

  7. Mycaila Doherty says

    Same problem.. I’ve Uninstalled and installed again, deleted data, reset console. I want a refund myself and my game fixed! I’m beginning to hate xbox more and more, this isn’t the first time this has happened.

  8. Joe says

    Found a fix. X out of it when it’s at “logging into data center”. Select go offline, go to local multiplier, click on local multiplier twice. Then click the select button. It will bring you to the warzone screen.

    1. Alex says

      You rock, this worked!

      1. Adam says

        Also worked for me!

    2. Blackdog4818 says

      Do I need an Xbox Live account to play this, because I don’t have one. I signed up for an Activision account, which I thought would work. I just want to play the campaigns, not interested in multiplayer. Any clue how to do that? When I go offline, it says the “campaign” mode needs to be installed, but it won’t do it. Says it needs another 26 gig of space. I press “A” for it to do that, but nothing.

  9. Christopher says

    FIXED START SCREEN FROZEN Start the game in offline mode and then just wait a minute then go and start online mode then your in I figured thus out today

  10. Brenda says

    I have been trying to fix this stupid problem for 3 days. I was so frustrated and ready to get my money back when found the below fix. It finally worked and could get it to open and play the campaign. This is the last game we will buy, this shouldn’t have been so screwed up! Never had this problem with any of the other call of duty games!

    To fix Modern Warfare 2 press A to start not working, you need to enable “offline mode”.

  11. It’sPhill On Twitch says

    Great Work Christopher👊🏻👊🏻, been trying for 2 hrs to find a fix, restarted my xbox a number of times, I even uninstalled and reinstalled the 101GB game changed controllers, even tried updating my controllers and nothing. Then I found this, and your post. Nuff love and big respect for your help. Happy New Year!

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