Ways to Fix “exe/bad_challenge” Error — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Ways to Fix “exe/bad_challenge” Error — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might be an incredibly enjoyable experience for many but thousands of players are facing an issue which leads to them not being able to play the game properly. 

The new Modern Warfare 2 exe/bad_challenge error sends players back to the menu after loading for a few minutes, barring them from playing the multiplayer. Console players are suffering the most due to this error, especially players on last generation consoles. 

There is currently no official way to fix the error. The only way to bypass this error is to join a lobby, and then create a class menu as if you’re editing your classes. Do not sit on the lobby screen where you can look at all the players. You can also try the following potential fixes: 

Ways to Fix exe/bad_challenge Error — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Task Force 141 — Modern Warfare 2 | Source: Call of Duty

Re-installing Modern Warfare 2

You can uninstall and re-install Modern Warfare 2 to check if the error gets fixed or not. Completely uninstall the Modern Warfare 2 on your console or PC from Steam and re-install it. There are high chances that the error will be fixed via re-installing the game. 

You may even try to change the DNS server for your console to check whether the issue gets resolved or not.

Restart your console

Ways to Fix exe/bad_challenge Error — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Captain Price & Sergeant Garrick — Modern Warfare 2 | Source: Call of Duty

If you are on PlayStation, Xbox or PC, you may try and restart your console to see if it’s fixed or not. Even if it is a server problem, it’s definitely worth a try. Turn off the console, unplug it and wait for two minutes before switching the console on again. 

Sometimes turning the console on and off can fix a lot of problems present within the game. 

Constantly check for updates

Keep an eye out for updates related to  Modern Warfare 2 and their blogs. Updates are an integral part of multiplayer games which is why plagers should constantly keep an eye out for updates related to the game. 

An official update from Infinity Ward is exactly what players need right now. Hence, it’s always advised to check for updates constantly. 

Ways to Fix exe/bad_challenge Error — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
General Shepherd, Ghost & Captain Price in Modern Warfare 2 | Source: Call of Duty

It is a shame that so many players are facing this issue and no official update has been deployed as of now to solve the error. However, the above method seems to be working for a lot of people so it’s worth a try. 

While you wait for an official update on the fix from developers Infinity Ward, keep an eye out on the Modern Warfare 2 Trello Board which will provide you with the latest updates, bug fixes, and recent patches for Modern Warfare 2.

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About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a first-person shooter game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. It is a direct sequel to the 2019 reboot and will serve as the nineteenth installment in the CoD series. It was released on October 28, 2022, for PS 4, PS 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.