Patch 1.31.1 Backup Files

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Greetings,

After Warcraft III: Reforged launched, some people like myself either updated to the latest version by mistake or regretted doing so afterwards. Since Blizzard removed patch installers from Battle.Net, the option to go back to an older version was effectively lost. The purpose of this thread is to help with this problem. Below you will find a backed up version of the 1.31.1 installation. This will allow you to revert to the last patch before Reforged, but know that this is a purely singleplayer version.

THIS IS NOT A FREE OR PIRATE VERSION OF WARCRAFT III.
YOU NEED A VALID, LEGAL CD-KEY TO RUN THIS.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR USE THESE FILES IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE.


Due to the above, I will not be offering any assistance in circumventing proper activation and any tips or questions about this will be immidiately reported to site moderation. If Blizzard Entertainment or Hive Workshop staff takes issue with this thread, please contact me and I'll remove all download links without delay.

WARNING!
This version has a couple of significant bugs, one of which is particularly annoying - after playing a map, the game may freeze when trying to exit the score screen. Based on various reports (thanks @Ravager16829, @Daffa, @OutsiderXE) and personal testing, this seems connected to the map containing a lot of leaks, but it doesn't appear to impede the ability to play or progress through custom campaigns.

That said, as there is no known solution to this issue other than force-exiting the game (or editing maps to remove leaks, which can be cumbersome and requires some map editing knowledge, which not everyone has), I'd generally recommend using another version such as 1.30.4 or 1.29.2 (LINK) and reserving 1.31.1 only for playing maps or campaigns that were made specifically for it.


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GAME CLIENT DOWNLOAD
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1. Recommended:

Game client - one file (1.89 GB): Link (MediaFire)

2. Alternative links:

Game client - older upload (1.94 GB): Link (MEGA) or Link (Hive)

Game client - split into 250 MB parts:
Part #1 - Link. Part #2 - Link. Part #3 - Link. Part #4 - Link.
Part #5 - Link. Part #6 - Link. Part #7 - Link. Part #8 - Link.

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ADDITIONAL FILES
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a) Language Fix: Link (Google Drive)
- this .reg file will fix the problem with the game using your OS language, it might also resolve stuttering problems.

b) Cleaned up files: Link (Google Drive)
- these files were removed from the older download, you most likely won't need them.

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HOW TO INSTALL
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1. While it is possible to have multiple versions of Warcraft III installed at the same time, you might run into some issues due to incompatible registry keys. As such, if you use (or used) another Warcraft III version, it's advised that you check the registry first by following these 3 simple steps:
  • Press Windows Key + R, type in "regedit" (without quotes) and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • In the Registry Editor, nagivate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Look for folders: "Classic Launcher", "Warcraft III" and "WorldEdit".
Not all keys contained in these folders are causing problems, but for the sake of keeping this guide simple - if you see any of these folders, you might as well delete it entirely since any required keys will be automatically recreated upon launching the game.

If you'd prefer to delete specific keys instead, @BogdanW3 explained which ones are problematic:



Be advised that if you're planning to have multiple versions of Warcraft III installed at the same time, you might need to repeat the step above quite often when switching between versions, especially if you're using the World Editor. For example, if you play Reforged and then want to launch 1.31, but you're encountering problems, you'll need to "purge" the registry. Same when going from 1.31. to Reforged or any other version.

That said, if you're just using 1.31 and 1.32 and you'd like to keep your preferences, it might also be enough to simply delete this key:



2. Download the client from the links above, unzip it using any compression software you want (e.g. WinRar or 7zip). You will see a "Warcraft III" folder. It doesn't really matter where you put it, as long as it's not the same directory as another Warcraft III installation. If you downloaded the version split into parts - make sure you have all parts in the same directory, right click on the first one and choose your desired unpacking option from the context menu.

3. ALWAYS RUN THE GAME AND THE EDITOR USING THESE FILES (AND NOT "LAUNCHERS"):



The first time you launch the game, you should see a window asking to either enter your CD-KEY or login to Battle.Net. Choose the first option, enter your CD-KEY and confirm. The game should launch. Afterwards you should be able to launch the game without having to input the CD-KEY.

Congratulations! You now have a working 1.31.1 version of Warcraft 3! Enjoy playing and remember that this is a standalone installation - you don't need to and, in fact, shouldn't apply any patches to it as they will most likely cause the game to update to Reforged or not work at all.

Beyond that - have fun and if you encounter any other problems, be sure to check for potential solutions below.

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OPTIONAL INSTALLATION STEPS
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1. Removing old (potentially incompatible) save data:

  • This is probably not necessary, though I still did it when first instaling 1.31.1.
  • So, if you want to be extra sure that no leftover data interferes with your Classic installation, you can delete these folders:

  • Just be sure to back up any saves or maps.

2. Language Fix:

  • The game might launch using the language of your operating system. It worked fine for me, though other users reported stuttering.
  • The reason why the language changes is due to to missing registry files. To solve that issue, download the Language Fix registry file from the link above and run it. It will ask you for confirmation. Click yes. This will automatically add the registry files and set the language of your game to English.
  • If you'd prefer to manually add the missing registry keys instead, refer to this post for the directory and types / values of keys - link.

3. Cleaning up or restoring the older upload:

  • This is only meant for people who either downloaded the older version (i.e. one that weights 1.94 GB) and would like to reduce their installation size or used the newer version (i.e. one that weights 1.89 GB) and found some issues that didn't happen in the older version.
  • To restore the older version, download the cleaned up files from the link above, unpack the archive and copy the files to your Warcraft III directory.
  • To clean the older version, delete all folders in your Warcraft III directory except "Data", "x86" and "x86_64" and all files except ".build.info", ".patch.result" and ".product". Your folder should look like this:


4. Preventing the game from being updated to 1.32+:

- The first time you launch the Battle.Net app after setting up W3, immidiately switch to W3 and check if it hasn't started updating. If it has, instantly pause it using the button to the right of the progress bar. Just to be safe, regardless whether you paused the update or not, go to Settings -> Game Install/Update -> select "Never automatically apply updates" to disable automatic updates.

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POTENTIAL FIXES TO PROBLEMS
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1. I get errors while trying to unpack the archive:

- If you trying unpacking directly to Program Files (x86), Windows might block the program from doing so.
  • Unpack the archive in another directory (e.g. where it was saved when you downloaded it) and then move the Warcraft III folder to Program Files (x86) directory manually.
  • I used 7zip to create this archives, if you experience any further issues, you might try using it for decompression as well.

2. The CD-KEY window doesn't appear or appears completely black:

- Try clicking a couple times in the inner left part of the window.
  • Close the window and run Warcraft III.exe (in the x86_x64 folder) as admin.
  • Uninstall other versions of Warcraft III and remove all Warcraft 3 and/or Blizzard registry entries.
  • Rename the installation folder to something else.
  • Try launching the game through the Warcraft III Launcher.exe file (in the Warcraft III folder) as admin. You will need to restore the older version (see above) to try this.

3. Graphics or performance issues (e.g. stuttering):

- Add -graphicsapi Direct3D9 at the end of the shortcut target, as explained by @loktar - link.
  • Try downloading and applying the Language Fix file listed above. Be mindful that this will change your game language to English.
  • You might also want to to check out this post by @grimgrents - link.

4. Maps/campaigns aren't visible in game:

- If maps or campaigns that you are using were saved in 1.32 (Reforged), they won't work.
- Make sure that your maps and campaigns are located in appropriate folders. If the folders don't exist, create them yourself, watching out for potential typos.

Folder paths and names are as follows - these are case sensitive, i.e. the folders must be named exactly as below, including which letters are big/small:


- If you still cannot see a map or a campaign in game and neither of the above doesn't help, there's sadly no known solutions to that problem. Feel free to either post the map file in the thread or send it to me directly via a PM. I'm not promising that I will find a solution, but I can at least try.

5. World Editor is crashing/not working:

- Press Windows Key + R, type in "regedit" (without quotes) and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • In the Registry Editor, nagivate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Delete the "WorldEdit" folder.

- If you're using both 1.31 and 1.32, this issue might reoccur and can require repeating these steps.

6. Test map is crashing:

- Work around to this issue is explained in this post by @grimgrents - link.

7. Freeze / black screen when exiting the score screen:

This is most likely caused by the map containing a lot of leaks. Sadly, there's no known solution to that problem other than opening maps and fixing memory leaks, so I'd generally recommend using another version (e.g. 1.30.4 or 1.29.2 - LINK) if possible.

If you're forced to use 1.31.1, because the map requires it, your options are:

a) Force-exit the game (what worked best for me was quickly clicking inside the game window once it freezes so Windows displays the "the application is not responding pop-up, giving you an option to close the game, but you can also try using the Task Manager [CTRL+ALT+DELETE] to terminate the process, logging out of your Windows account or even restarting the PC). If you're worried about losing campaign progress - it shouldn't happen.

b) Ask the map maker to fix their map / campaign or you can attempt to do this yourself, given you have pretty basic modding knowledge - read this thread to find out more about leaks (LINK) then edit map(s) to remove them, looking especially for triggers with periodic (i.e. every x.x seconds) events.

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DISCLAIMER
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Using the method described above allowed me to restore the original 1.31.1 Classic client, but since it's not an official installer, I cannot guarantee that it will work for you too. Also, I've only done this on a 64-bit Windows 10 system. No idea if or how it would work on other Windows versions.

If you're going to use this - I hope it works just as fine for you as it did for me. Good luck :)
the one download file on the recommended one i downloaded it and when i try to extract the files to my downloads/desktop folder and this happens
 

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the one download file on the recommended one i downloaded it and when i try to extract the files to my downloads/desktop folder and this happens
Read this notice below:
- If you trying unpacking directly to Program Files (x86), Windows might block the program from doing so.
  • Unpack the archive in another directory (e.g. where it was saved when you downloaded it) and then move the Warcraft III folder to Program Files (x86) directory manually.
  • I used 7zip to create this archives, if you experience any further issues, you might try using it for decompression as well.
I recommend not extracting the game in C drive since many users have reported problems.
Also, it might be due to the antivirus killing your files during the process.
I used WinRAR to extract the download and worked like charm.
 
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There is no need to move the folder into either of the program files folders. I recommend instead keeping the game on a different disk. All my pre-32 installations are on my E drive, and 32 is on my D drive because it's an SSD

But also about the corruptions, you may want to try one of the different downloads if it happens in 7Zip.
 
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the one download file on the recommended one i downloaded it and when i try to extract the files to my downloads/desktop folder and this happens
Well, I downloaded the "recommended" archive and unpacked it without any issues, so I'd say that the upload is fine and either something got corrupted while you were downloading or you're doing something wrong while trying to unpack it. Whichever one it is, I can't really do anything about it.

Thus my advice would be to either download it again, whether from the recommended link or one of the others.
 
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if already have reforged and it's updated to 1.32 and after i download 1.13.1 now it wants me to update the game how do i revert to 1.31.1 and uninstaling reforged does nothing
 
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if already have reforged and it's updated to 1.32 and after i download 1.13.1 now it wants me to update the game how do i revert to 1.31.1 and uninstaling reforged does nothing
Don't let it update the game. Don't connect to battle.net and if it asks you at startup, press no there too.

If you have the Battle.net launcher on autostart, disable auto-updating for Warcraft 3 unless you also want to have a 1.32, in which case instead just make sure the launcher is looking at your 1.32 installation and not your old one.
 
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Don't let it update the game. Don't connect to battle.net and if it asks you at startup, press no there too.

If you have the Battle.net launcher on autostart, disable auto-updating for Warcraft 3 unless you also want to have a 1.32, in which case instead just make sure the launcher is looking at your 1.32 installation and not your old one.
already did those
 
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if already have reforged and it's updated to 1.32 and after i download 1.13.1 now it wants me to update the game how do i revert to 1.31.1 and uninstaling reforged does nothing
already did those
I'm pointing out that uninstalling 1.32 (Reforged) doesn't seem to completely remove the game content. You'll have to purge the whole WC3 registry keys, as the author said:
Be advised that if you're planning to have multiple versions of Warcraft III installed at the same time, you might need to repeat the step above quite often when switching between versions, especially if you're using the World Editor. For example, if you play Reforged and then want to launch 1.31, but you're encountering problems, you'll need to "purge" the registry. Same when going from 1.31. to Reforged or any other version.
Should the game had a problem with auto-update, please remove the whole game folder + registry (save data is not necessary, although most of them are incompatible), reinstall the client, then follow Bogdan's suggestion above on preventing the auto-update.
Alternatively, you could use my old trick:
1.Hit Search button, then type "run".
2.When the application starts, input "wf.msc". This will open the Windows Defender Firewall w/d Advanced Security.
3.Click on "Outbound Rules". To the right of the contents, you should see another options. Click on "New Rule".
4.On Rule Type, choose "Program".
5.On Program, choose "This program path", then navigate to the game folder which contains "Warcraft III.exe" or "Warcraft III Launcher.exe". Be sure to select those files.
6.On Action, choose "Block Connection".
7.On Profile, keep all options active, then just create your own profile.
You can do the same thing for the "Inbound Rules".
 
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For the record: Ravager in Post #300 has shown that the 1.31.1 version is "1.31.1.12164 x86_64 Jun 5 2019 19:00:29" I think this is the uploaded file here.
I have what's probably the last pre-reforged version ever, "1.31.1.12173" from PTR. Signature dated: Friday, June 7th, 2019 (02:44:43 UTC) If anyone's interested.

PS: It still had x86 and x86-64 versions
 
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For the record: Ravager in Post #300 has shown that the 1.31.1 version is "1.31.1.12164 x86_64 Jun 5 2019 19:00:29" I think this is the uploaded file here.
I have what's probably the last pre-reforged version ever, "1.31.1.12173" from PTR. Signature dated: Friday, June 7th, 2019 (02:44:43 UTC) If anyone's interested.

PS: It still had x86 and x86-64 versions
PTR for Classic is deprecated because if you attempt to start the game it will auto-update to Reforged, regardless of your Classic version (non-PTR or PTR).
According to deepstrasz, there's quite an impressive number of bugs you might encounter when using the PTR, especially the World Editor.
 
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Ok I thought I had to reinstall the patch one more time but I was too lazy to do that, because I spent too much work installing the patch to do it one more time, well no, I have the same version installed the one that ends with the numbers 2164 many thank you
Read the post above. The version is "1.31.1.12164 x86_x64 Jun 5 2019 19:00:29" (can be found in the title menu).
The PTR version is "1.31.1.12173", but it's not recommended since there are numerous bugs.
 
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