How to Stop "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King" From Updating


Since 2004, "World of Warcraft" has remained current in a rapidly changing video game market through frequent updates and expansions, including 2008's "Wrath of the Lich King." However, not all players welcome such changes or have computers capable of uploading more information or running upgrades. While playing the game on live servers requires the most current version, it is possible to decide when to update the game on your own. Stopping "WoW" from updating requires a willingness to change a few game files.

  • Enter the "World of Warcraft" or "WoW" folder on your computer. The placement of this exact folder depends on the destination chosen during installation. If unsure, run a system search for "World of Warcraft" and locate the file folder.

  • Enter the "Data" folder and then either "enUS," "enGB," "frFR," or "esES," depending on the language version of the game. Open the file labeled "realmlist."

  • Erase the line that begins with "set patchlist." Save the file before closing by selecting "File" and then "Save." Confirm to save the changes.

  • Return to the base file folder. Use "wow.exe" to begin the game instead of the "launcher.exe" file, which automatically enters the Blizzard Updater which begins updates. Using "wow.exe" bypasses the updates and brings up the game screen.

  • Uncheck the "Launcher" option on the login screen.

  • Use the "wow.exe" file anytime you wish to begin the game. If necessary, right-click on the "World of Warcraft" icon, select "Properties" and change the "Target" to the exact location of the "wow.exe" file. Usually, this means only changing the final name of "launcher.exe" to "wow.exe."

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