How to Play "StarCraft" Without a CD on Windows 7?

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Like older computer games, StarCraft and the subsequent Brood War expansion would only start if the user inserted the play disk into his computer. Fortunately, Blizzard has gone back and released patches for its older games, enabling them to launch without the need for a disc. After you download a patch and rename a file, you can store your StarCraft disc until the need arises to reinstall the game.

  • Visit the StarCraft patch page. The most recent patch will appear. Click the "Download" link under "StarCraft" if you do not own the Brood War Expansion. If you do own the expansion, click the "Download" link under "Expansion." Open the file after it has downloaded and the patch will automatically be applied to your game.

  • Click the folder button on the Windows 7 taskbar to open Windows Explorer. Click "Tools," followed by "Folder Options." Click "View" and scroll down the list that appears until you see "Hide extensions for known file types." If there is no check mark next to that option, click the check box and click "Apply." If there is a check mark, click "OK."

  • Insert either the StarCraft CD in your computer, if you do not own the expansion. If you do own the expansion, insert that disk in your computer. Right-click the "StarCraft" shortcut either on your desktop or in the "Start" menu. Click "Properties" and "Open File Location" to open the StarCraft folder.

  • Click and drag the "Install.exe" file from your StarCraft CD folder to the StarCraft folder on your computer. Once the file copies over, right-click and click "Rename." Enter "StarCraft.mpq" if you only have the original StarCraft. If you play the expansion and only want to play the expansion missions and multiplayer, enter "BroodWar.mpq." If you want to play both the expansion missions and original StarCraft missions, you must copy over the "Install.exe" files from both disks and rename them accordingly.

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