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Old 10-02-2007
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Installing Warcraft 3

it wont even load the screen to install the game just keeps sayind windows
explorer error and just stays there help please i wanna play online :(

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Old 10-02-2007
Dale M. White
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

Well, I just installed WC3 and the 1.21 patch and it loaded and ran fine.
Though I didn't actually start playing the game, I just went to the Start
Campaign screen.

Though I didn't have to do anything, make sure you right click on the
install.exe and choose run as administrator. You can also right click and
choose properties on install.exe and choose compatibility and tell it to run
as XP:Service pack 2

Should work fine, heck I might even play a little now
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Old 11-02-2007
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Redownloading the game? I trying To install it from my CD's.

I am having a problem Installing warcraft III also, I am getting the error
"ERROR" no program start menu found" and then it won't install. I tried
running as administrator and also both the XPsp2 and windows 98/me
compatibilty modes and neither worked.

Try redownloading the game from Blizzard. I just downloaded their latest
version of the online installer and the game installed flawlessly on my
Vista x64 system.

There is a solution to this problem listed on probably ONE page on this
internet. I have used it several times as I've been formatting my HDs.
I can not find it now.

But it is a registry edit that tells Warcraft III the directory to
install the start menu icons.

Very simple and elegant. If I find it I will post it.

Assuming you don't have a hard disk problem, you might try installing into a
different location. Create c:\games and install WC3 into it, then try the
update process. The reason is that UAC is very testy about what happens in
c:\program files and its possible there is a permissions problem.
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Old 24-04-2007
Tyler Cobb
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

Yes, that's what makes my suggestion a possible solution. It is a completely
different and successfully documented alternative to installing from your
original CDs which use the original, pre-Vista installer on said discs. The
only way to use a newer installer is to download their new online version
and set the game up on your PC across the Internet.

Tyler Cobb, MCP
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Old 25-04-2007
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RE: Installing Warcraft 3

Okay I found a solution if anyone else has this problem:
1. Disable UAC (User Account Control) from the user menu in the control panel.
2. Logoff your user account, then log on to an administrator account.
3. Go to the control panel then users, look for your original account you
were trying to install the game from, and then change the account type to
4. Logoff or just switch users back to your original account then install!

5. Just remember to go back and make your account limited again, and turn
UAC back on as this will have disabled Internet explorer's protected mode.
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Old 04-06-2008
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

1) Go to Start > Run > type regedit
2) Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current
Version\Explorer\Shell Folders"

if there is no string in there called "Programs" put that in with the


and you can get the installation to work, game works fine too.
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Old 06-12-2008
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Hello, I run a 32bit vista, and I have problems with WC3. I can install
Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, but I can't update the patches. I've tried
downloading and installing it manually from the Blizzard site and also
through Bnet, but it doesn't work.

This is the error message:

-This is the error message: Blizzard BNUpdate v2.130 compiled on Jun 24
Log created at 10:37 am on 12/06/2008

This patch upgrades Warcraft III Reign of Chaos from the previous

ERROR: unable to open source archive 'C:\Program Files\Warcraft

RESULT: Patch failed-

I also tried to install Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne, and it gets stuck
halfway and doesn't continue to read. After that happens, many times it
will say that it can't read my Reign of Chaos either.

I've been trying all sorts of things for the past 5 days, even
reinstalling OS Vista, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Warcraft 3 & DirectX 10 don't get along together very well
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Old 22-05-2009
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

warcraft 3 on vista ultimate. i gave up and put xp pro on my comp and set up all the games that couldent play then uprgaded to vista wow like magic all my games work fine i even fixed the san andreas radio station error.
it takes a while but the time im playing diablo warcraft etc makes up for it.
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Old 27-05-2009
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

works fine here, Since Warcraft 3 uses DirectX 9 it won't even bother with
DirectX 10 libs, so how can DirectX 10 be the problem?

When in doubt:
Update all drivers
Update DirectX files with DXWEBSETUP.EXE
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Old 30-05-2009
Man-wai Chang On +MS=V32B
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I second you. I could install and play it in my 64-bit Vi$ta
Ultimate.... ... :)

You need to disable Desktop Composition to view the movie properly.
You could use registry hack to set the screen size.

I'm new and I don't know how te create a string in the register. Would you
mind giving me a step-by-step explanation ?
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Old 13-09-2009
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

Sir, you are kickass to the extreme. That worked for me :D
Only problem for me was that it couldn't make a desktop icon. But you can just make one yourself anyways.. Thanks man!
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Old 28-02-2010
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3


use this it config i made it for warcraft 3 and diablo 2 :D
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Old 04-08-2010
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

can anyone tell me what the crack file names are?.....

cuz i cant install it without my cd and i am abroad :(
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Old 05-08-2010
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Re: Installing Warcraft 3

Originally Posted by searchformynadle View Post
can anyone tell me what the crack file names are?.....

cuz i cant install it without my cd and i am abroad :(
I think that you can try to enter your CD key on the Blizzard site and download the digital forms of Warcraft 3. Or you can also try to install the Warcraft 3 TFT No CD 1.20E Patch, just search for the online tips available for it on google. Also, talking on illegal things is strictly not allowed on this forums, read forums rules.
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