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Fix: Error code 262146: A required network service has failed

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare is one of the most popular games on the planet right now. However, its road to glory hasn’t exactly been smooth. The giant game size, frequent bugs and errors have riddled the game for quite some time now.

In this article, we’re talking about the error code 262146, which you might get when trying to play the game online. 

What causes Error code 262146?

As you can probably guess by the name, the error is mainly caused by connectivity issues between the game itself and Activision servers. Since this is a network issue, there can be plenty of reasons behind the problem.

  • Unstable/inactive network.
  • Not enough bandwidth.
  • Server issues on Blizzard’s end. 

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How to fix Error code 262146?

Follow these steps to solve the problem.


At times, a simple restart is all it takes to solve seemingly random issues. If you’re having problems with Blizzard, try restarting your game, PC, and router to rule out any possible connectivity issues.

Powercycle your router

Restarting your router can help eliminate any unseen network or connectivity issues that you may be facing. All you have to do is turn off your router, wait for a bit and then turn it back on again. 

Log out and log in again

Another thing that you can try out is to log out of the game and try logging back in again. Running through the logging cycle can help refresh cached account data that can resolve the error. 

Update your network driver

Out of date network drivers can cause a lot of internet issues, which can cause problems with the game being able to reach its network. Try updating your network driver to see if that resolves your problem.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

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Step 2: Double click Network adaptors to expand it and right click your WiFi card. Click on Update driver.

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Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers, and Windows will find and install any available updates. 

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Now try restarting your PC again, and COD should work fine. 

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Reinstall the game

If all else fails, your best bet is to reinstall the game from scratch.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu and click on Apps & Features. 

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Step 2: Find Call of Duty in this list and click on Uninstall. 

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Once the program has been removed, restart your PC, reinstall the game and try launching it again.

Server issues

At times there can be server issues at Blizzard’s end that can cause connectivity issues. In this scenario, the best thing to do is to sit tight and wait for the servers to get up again.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: