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Warcraft 3 Legacy Installer (1.21b - 1.27a)

Discussion in 'Warcraft Discussion' started by Marcraft22, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Marcraft22

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    Hi people,
    This year is being a very special one since Blizzard has shown renewed interest for the Warcraft 3 community, making up new game updates as well as giving continuous support for both the core game and the editor. Unfortunately, Blizzard does no longer distribute old versions of the game through Battle.net, consequently the current installer app automatically patches the game while setting it up.
    I've been exploring the catacombs of an old HDD and I've just found what happens to be one of the first Warcraft 3 digitally distributed installers, so what better time to share it than now? Hope you find it useful!

    Wait, why should I download a prehistoric version of the game?
    Many custom games have been broken by the newest patches, some of them will take weeks to be fixed and others will never be since their makers left Hive long ago. I have made this thread so everyone can play any desired map without fear about compatibility issues, nothing more nothing else.

    Is this some kind of repack or homebrew software?
    No, it's the officially distributed Warcraft 3 installer as of 2012 until 2017, the code of the executables has not been altered.

    So, do I technically need to own a license?
    Yes, you need to own a legally purchased license of Reign of Chaos and/or a Frozen Throne one in order to proceed with the installation.

    Can I install the game without Internet connection?
    Yes, and that's probably the biggest advantage over the latest installer, which forces the user to rely on Battle.net servers just to have the base game in the computer.

    Can modern Windows distributions run these legacy versions?
    The 2000's versions of the game were made thinking on Windows XP compatibility, however as far as I know all them work fine with Windows 7. Honestly, I have no idea about how they perform in Windows 10, you gotta have to try them.

    Some of the executables display error messages. What do I'm supposed to do?
    Run both the installers and the patches as Administrator, as simple as that.


    Links:

    Warcraft 3 1.21b Reign of Chaos Installer enGB

    Warcraft 3 1.21b Frozen Throne Installer enGB

    Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne 1.26a English Patch

    Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne 1.27a English Patch
     
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  2. Dat-C3

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    Need to spread this on multiple sites I suggest, this is amazing and thank you.
     
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    I have version switcher. dont you guys use it too?
     
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    @map designer: can you rollback from v1.30 to any other, previous version of the game by using Version switcher?
     
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    I was about to ask the same. I've tried to rollback from v1.30 but the switcher doesn't even detect the game, so...
     
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    @Marcraft22: people with 1 GB RAM or less will most probably be unable to download the TFT archive directly from MEGA.

    Links to split archives can be a workaround for people with 512 MB RAM or less.
     
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    hmmmm, I havent installed 1.3 yet lol. I was afraid it will screw my map.
     
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    iirc the patch switcher looks like this: you save every patch you have, and you switch between these versions you previously had.
     
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    Now will we do TToR game night versus AMAI, anyone?

    upload_2018-8-14_1-12-10.png

     
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    I mean sure. But first we have to figure out what any of those acronyms mean...

    ; P
     
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    OPEN!
     
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    Wow! Thanks a lot.

    Now, is such a downloader still available (and working) for the v1.21b versions of the game?
    I believe the v1.21b folders were still up at least on January 23, 2019.
     
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    Try asking on that thread and don't thank me but that person on the official forums.
    If not, I guess Marcraft22's links will have to do.
     
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    Well, if you did not post that link to the Battle.net forums here on THW, then it means that this February 2020 post would have flown under my radar. Therefore, both the thanks and rep points are imho highly deserved.

    For the record, the 2016 archived copies from the Wayback Machine do not work anymore. And even if they had, they would have downloaded v1.27 regardless. It is a possibility that either the 1.21b folders are gone, or that Blizzard feeds data to any version of the downloader that would only now allow to download v1.27 from their servers.



    There is imho something unclear about the contents of the TFT archive in the OP (why is this Common/War3x.mpq file here exactly?)

    Regarding those v1.21b full standalone offline TFT installers which are using the English language, I have noticed that one can not install the TFT expansion in a W98SE client VM. This is why I am looking for a way to download from the official Blizzard servers versions of v1.21b in American (en-US), English (en-GB) and French (fr-FR), to hopefully be able to install any of these 1.21b versions of the TFT expansion in a W98SE client VM.

    For the record, any of these English-language v1.21b TFT full standalone offline versions can successfully be installed in a W2000 client VM.
     
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  18. deepstrasz

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    Maybe there's no official 1.21 anymore due to the memory hack thing.
     
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    If they really were concerned by the memory hack, then the 1.24 -> 1.26a patches would also be gone as well.
    No, imho they goofed. Plain and simple.

    For the record, v1.26a is the final version which can run on W98SE/W2000. Therefore, it is imho desirable to keep a download available of the v1.21b versions as well, even if patching any 1.21b one to 1.27.x with the official patchers kinda nullifies the benefit of having a v1.27 full download in the first place...
    ...
    ... *unless* there is a difference between this 1.27 full download (which resides in a 1.27a2 folder) and the 1.27 version which could be obtained by installing v1.21b and then patching it with an official 1.27 patcher.
     
  20. deepstrasz

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    Well, if nothing else, then a version resetter and a 1.21 from the net would do fine.