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What to do when your MW3 download is stuck on Xbox

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If you’re trying to download the latest MW3 update to your Xbox, you may find that the progress is stuck. However, this is just another one of the many bugs that plague MW3 on Xbox and is easily remedied.

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How to fix the progress bug with MW3

If your update for MW3 is stuck and making no progress, do not turn off or restart your Xbox. This bug only shows no progress when there is a lot going on in the background. Simply be patient and wait for the download to complete. Your download may be quite large, so be patient, especially if you have a slow internet connection.

What to do when MW3 Download is stuck on 0% on Xbox
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Resetting your Xbox console will stop the whole download and may result in corrupted game files. This can, in turn, cause problems with the game and result in you having to download the whole thing again. At close to 100GB, I really wouldn’t recommend this option.

Give it time, and the download will eventually update either when it has been completed or when it hits a certain percentage. The MW3 update is only showing as stuck on no progress on your Xbox. A lot is going on in the background. Just make sure not to switch off or reset your Xbox while the Modern Warfare 3 update is downloading.

What to do if you have reset your Xbox while the update is downloading

If you have accidentally reset or switched off your Xbox while the Modern Warfare 3 update is downloading, you may have corrupted your files. The first thing to do is switch your console back on and try to run the game.

If you have corrupted files, the game will not be able to be loaded. This will result in an error code, and you will have to redownload the game. To reinstall and correct your corrupted files, delete the game and then redownload it from your library.

This will create a fresh install of MW3 and will also download the update.


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