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#1 Aug 20 2012 at 1:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I am thinking of coming back to WoW for Pandera. I have a new PC that has never had WoW installed on it. Once I buy the expansion, do I have to go back and install WoW first from my original CD, then each of the expansions from their CDs (starting with BC), or is there a quicker way? Perhaps if I install the Pandera expansion, the system will know to download the game client first? Or perhaps I can download it manually from Battle.net ?

I'm just looking for the quickest way to get WoW installed and up-to-date on this new box, once I have the new expansion. BTW, I'm posting here because I can't post in the Battle.net WoW forums, since my account there is no longer active.

Thanks in advance !!!!
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#2 Aug 20 2012 at 1:18 AM Rating: Good
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Fastest way is probably to copy your old WoW install from your old computer if you have a drive capable of moving them on, or if you can connect them to the same local network. Then install the new expansion via the CD/DVD.
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#3 Aug 20 2012 at 1:25 AM Rating: Decent
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Fastest way is probably to copy your old WoW install from your old computer if you have a drive capable of moving them on, or if you can connect them to the same local network. Then install the new expansion via the CD/DVD.


Thanks for the reply !!

I'm pretty sure I have the backup from my old system on an external drive, which should include WoW. But would a straight copy produce a workable install of WoW? I mean, doesn't the normal install process make a bunch of Registry entries, which a straight copy would not do ?
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#4 Aug 20 2012 at 1:36 AM Rating: Good
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Fastest way is probably to copy your old WoW install from your old computer if you have a drive capable of moving them on, or if you can connect them to the same local network. Then install the new expansion via the CD/DVD.


Thanks for the reply !!

I'm pretty sure I have the backup from my old system on an external drive, which should include WoW. But would a straight copy produce a workable install of WoW? I mean, doesn't the normal install process make a bunch of Registry entries, which a straight copy would not do ?
Unless they've changed something since I last did this very same thing back in the day, then a straight copy will be fine.

A quick search on the Oboards suggests that you might want to delete the Cache folder and possibly the Addons folder.
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I would delete the Cache folder inside WoW folder (not one inside Data folder) though

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#5 Aug 20 2012 at 6:44 AM Rating: Decent
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or when you go back to battle.net you can download them all from there....
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#6 Aug 20 2012 at 7:21 AM Rating: Good
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You can, though that takes forever depending on your download speed.
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#7 Aug 21 2012 at 11:23 AM Rating: Decent
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I just downloaded the game last night. I was able to play after about 2 hours, and it took about 5 hours total to download.
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Unless they've changed something since I last did this very same thing back in the day, then a straight copy will be fine.


I did this a week ago. Copied the files from a friend's pc onto a flash USB, then pasted them into a folder in my computer. You can actually play straight from the drive as well if you have a decent external drive.

The file was something like 21GB altogether, he had downloaded it entirely from the website. Took about 20mins to copy to the USB. This was the only real option for me as I had already bought the game up to Wotlk, had a free copy of Cataclysm from the SoR and only have 15GB a month download limit with my ISP. No way I was going to buy all the cds up to & including Cataclysm just to avoid the download cap.
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