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3-16-2012 @ 11:07AM
on switching the files anne is correct where its realy easy to on just copying the files over to the new pc/labtop, just one correction. it no longer goes in the program files directory (for US comps, dont know about ovr seas and other areas) the dir is c (wht evr ur main harddrive is)/users/public/games/
3-16-2012 @ 11:26AM
You can run it fine from any dir. I have multiple WoW installation directories on multiple drives and they all work fine.The important part is that you keep your WoW directory intact, and start it through Launcher.exe (shortcut's fine).
3-16-2012 @ 11:28AM
This is incorrect. WoW still installs to Program Files. You can place it elsewhere, however the default install location IS within Program Files on Windows 7 PCs.
3-16-2012 @ 11:29AM
I know it is confusing, but it seems that it depends on the computer. My roomies are running windows 7 and it did install where you said it would, but on my newer comp, still running 7. It installed in the x86 programs folder. So it seems to be on a case by case basis.
3-16-2012 @ 11:37AM
Uh, actually, it varies depending on your OS.Windows XP, C:\Program FilesWindows Vista/7, C:\Users\Public\Games OR C:\Program Files (x86)The second one varies when you installed the game originally, and if you have a 64-bit OS.Usually doesn't matter either way. It will run no matter where it is. Only might get a complaint when a patch comes out that does major directory changes, and it might ask you if you want it moved to the Games directory.And it's "laptop."
3-16-2012 @ 11:39AM
That's because you're running a 64 bit OS. Any 64 bit programs you install go into the standard "Program Files" folder, and any 32 bit programs get put in the "Program Files x86" folder. Either way, it still defaults to Program Files.
3-16-2012 @ 11:43AM
You can also do a clean install from battle net, then just copy over your interface and WTF folders from your old computer.
3-16-2012 @ 12:09PM
You really can put the WOW folder anywhere as long as you keep it intact. For a while I was experimenting with running WOW off a memory key flashdrive.
3-16-2012 @ 12:30PM
I installed to the default of C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft a few PC's ago, and have yet to reinstall. I've since moved it to C:\World of Warcraft on my main PC (which I recently upgraded to Win7 64bit) and it runs with no issues, I've copied it to a 32gig flash drive and ran from there (worked but the performance sucked), and have copied it to an entirely different folder on another PC. Doesn't matter where it is, just make a shortcut to it (I don't even use the launcher, I go directly to wow.exe) and you'll be good to go.If for whatever reason you'd prefer to do a fresh reinstall, just copy the WTF and Interface/Addons folder from the old install to the new one and you'll be golden.
3-16-2012 @ 12:35PM
ahh ok, just knew it switched dir on me on one of the updates. good to know its fine where its put and not stricted to one distination
3-16-2012 @ 1:05PM
Sometimes Windows 7 and Vista like to install games to C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Games, which can cause permissions issues for things like patches (as in executables writing files to directories), so it will roll it over to C:\Users\Public\Games, which isn't under User Account Control strictures (it also allows all user accounts on the machine to access, and therefore play, the game). I haven't bothered to test, but I assume if you turn UAC off you can put it in your user directory with no issues. Program Files or Program Files (x86) are both fine too. There isn't any inherent difference in those folders, it's just an easy way to tell which programs are 32- and which are 64-bit.
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