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WC3 Download Archive (1.00 - 1.31.1 + BETA & DEMO)

Discussion in 'Warcraft Discussion' started by loktar, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. loktar

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    Below are lists of WC3 installation and patch downloads.

    Please don't share any cracked or otherwise manipulated files.
    This list is only intended for people who already own the game, you still need a CD-key!


    Missing Patches

    • 1.01c
    • 1.04c
    • 1.10
    • TFT: 1.20a; 1.20e
    • 1.23a
    • 1.28.0; 1.28.1; 1.28.2; 1.28.3; 1.28.4
    • 1.29.0b
    • 1.30.0; 1.30.0a; 1.30.2; 1.30.3
    • 1.31.0
    Important Patch Info

    1.07 Patch Info:
    - Gold Master Version of The Frozen Throne
    1.10 Patch Info:
    - Numerous new features and upgrades to Reign of Chaos
    1.13 Patch Info:
    - Includes Acts II & III of the TFT Orc Bonus Campaign
    1.21b Patch Info:
    - No longer requires the CD
    1.24b Patch Info:
    - Max map size increased from 4MB to 8MB
    1.25b Patch Info:
    - Widescreen support (stretched)
    1.27a Patch Info:
    - Improved Windows 7/8.1/10 compatibility
    1.27b Patch Info:
    - Max file size increased from 8MB to 128MB
    1.28 Patch Info:
    - Data migration: user data (saves etc.) now stored in Documents folder
    1.28.3 Patch Info:
    - RoC and TFT consolidated into one executable/World Editor
    - Main Menu switch between RoC and TFT
    1.29.0 Patch Info:
    - Widescreen support (not stretched)
    - 24 player support
    1.29.0b Patch Info:
    - Many new natives
    - WE limits raised
    - Last version to support WinXP
    1.30.0 Patch Info:
    - Switch from MPQ to CASC
    - vJASS support
    - Some new natives
    - Tileset size inceased to 16
    1.30.1 Patch Info:
    - Game can use up to 3GB of memory
    1.30.2 Patch Info:
    - Installation supports Reforged pre-purchase keys
    1.31.0 Patch Info:
    - 64-bit support
    - Beta Lua support
    - Many new WE features




    FAQ

    Where do I put my Saves/Maps/Campaigns/Screenshots/Replays?

    - Up to patch 1.27b, these are located in the installation folder.
    - Starting with patch 1.28, these are located in your user Documents folder (C:\Users\[username]\Documents\Warcraft III).

    Do I need a CD to launch the game?
    - 1.21b is the first patch that drops the CD check. All previous versions require a CD to play.

    My singleplayer profile isn't being saved, how do I fix this?
    - Download and run SP Profile Fix. It fixes a problem in the registry.

    I'm using Windows 98/2000/XP. Can I play WC3?
    - See this post. Original system requirements are here.
    - XP support is dropped after 1.29.x
     
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    Great job compiling all of these in one place! :)
     
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    There is imho something unclear about the contents of the digital download version v1.21b of TFT (that is, 'Warcraft 3 1.21b Frozen Throne Installer enGB' from here). Why is this /Common/War3x.mpq file here exactly? The tome installer mpq already includes one afaik.

    I am also pointing out that this digital download 1.21b TFT en-GB version can not be installed on W98SE, even though the corresponding digital download 1.21b RoC en-GB one can be (and afterwards, one can successfully update RoC to v1.26a on W98SE by using the official Blizzard update patch).

    For the record, this problematic digital download 1.21b TFT en-GB version will install fine on W2000 (and TFT can then be updated afterwards to v1.26a with the official Blizzard update patch, just like normal).
     
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    Tbh, I wouldn't be surprised if you were the only person in the world concerned about that :p
    But thanks for the report, I'm sure it's useful to someone.
     
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    Maybe the only one on THW, but probably not the only one in the world.



    Does there exist somewhere a list of digests (SHA-1 and/or SHA-256) for the files available from Blizzard? I am especially interested in such a list for their digital download versions (exe + mpqs).

    Also, how does one differentiate an en-US release from an en-GB one, without having to install?
     
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    Hm, not to my knowledge.

    Maybe it would be helpful if I add that info to the list? I don't think the distinction existed until at least patch 1.27 though, all the patch installers from the old Blizzard site are listed simply as English.
     
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    ... looks like neither clrmamepro nor RomCenter are suited for what I have in mind...
     
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    Ah, that's too bad.
    Good news though, I copied the 1.00 installer from my RoC CD :D But unfortunately I don't have TFT disc anymore, so hopefully someone else can provide that :p
     
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    Because Blizzard never offered any ISOs to download afaik, I am guessing it would be *very* questionable to upload the contents of your v1.00 RoC CD anywhere.


    I am currently toying with the idea of creating a database in the old CMPro format, of some of the downloadable offline installers currently available from Blizzard's official servers. Should the results of my tests be satisfying, then this database might be used as a way to ensure the integrity of these archived contents. I am using the versions en-GB, en-US and fr-FR of SC, D2 and WC3 for testing.

    As for me, creating a database of the contents of any ISOs would imho only encourage piracy in the end. This is why I personally have no intention to inventory the contents of my own CD-ROMs.
    ...
    ... however, nothing prevents me from linking to DatUtil, in case anybody else wants to do so. It is nothing but an old cataloguing tool for the contents of any of one's folders.



    Romulus seems to be fit, but I must do lots more testing. Also, I am currently having a look at RomVault, but I am having trouble with it.
     
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    IMO it's no different from sharing game files. One could argue it's better, even, since it's an official installer and not a copy of a whole game.
    Anyway, since the 1.27 installer is freely available from Blizzard, I don't see any harm in sharing more ancient installers. You still need a CD-key to install, so there's no piracy anyway.
     
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    Here is an alpha wip, so you know where I am headed:

    database_alpha1.jpg
     
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    Honestly not sure what I'm looking at there?
     
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    The database loaded in Romulus, after it has checked the contents of my folder which contains the official digital downloads from Blizzard, and after each file has been checked for integrity.
     
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    From official classic.battle.net, a few pages of possible interest:

    Features, technology and control (with original RoC system requirements)
    Warcraft III - F.A.Q. -> Features F.A.Q.

    Official Warcraft III Maps Archive (last updated 9/20/2006)
    Warcraft III - Maps - Bonus Maps
    (note: most of them made it to the later patches at some point afaik)

    Official Bonus RoC maps:
    Warcraft III - Maps - Bonus Maps
    Based on its file name, it seems that Rich Man's Garden did not make it to v1.27a (digital)
    Roundabout and Enakro's Way are available in v1.27a (digital), but as TFT versions only.

    ... and for the lolz, as a remembrance of the good old days when things were simpler back then:
    Warcraft III - Maps - Map Contest
    Will not make it to any official patch *ever* (?).
     
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    Cool, thanks, added to OP :p
     
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    You're welcome. Maybe one will want to make a more detailed report than mine, regarding which maps did not make it to any of the official patches up to and including v1.27a (like for example (2)Justice.w3x) or above?



    It believe it could be a very good idea to put some emphasis on the fact that downloading from the official Blizzard links is the way to go. It could also be a good idea to mention that WC3 is available in many languages, each of them having their own specific official upgrade patches.



    I think it is important to point out that the official Blizzard 1.27a digital download version is different from an official CD-ROM version upgraded with the official 1.27a patch. The most obvious differences are:
    - no Campaigns folder in the WC3 folder after a clean install (and therefore, no DemoCampaign.w3n available)
    - no Replay folder in the WC3 folder after a clean install
    - no visual C++ 2005 runtime files in the WC3 folder

    Any of the two missing folders will be auto-generated by the game itself, after unsuccessfully trying to find any campaigns / replays.
    The file DemoCampaign.w3n can be manually extracted from War3x.mpq
    The lack of the VC++ 2005 Runtime files in the WC3 folder may or may not be an issue in downgrade scenarios (it may depend if the 32-bit Runtime was already installed or not, it depends on which previous version of the game is run, and on which OS).

    Also, I have noticed that in the 1.27a digital download US release, all the exes, dlls an ax files have a digital signature. Well, I remember that in my CD-ROM French version upgraded to v1.27a, not all of them were (and even after upgrading to v1.27b, there were still at least 2 unsigned ones).

    The devil is in the details, don't you think?


    ** Update **


    ... aaaand ofc I forgot to mention the most important thing: with the 1.27a digital download version, the VC++ 2013 Runtime files *are* in th WC3 folder (note: they were not in the 1.27a upgrade patch!)
     
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  17. loktar

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    I don't think these differences are of much concern to most people, but thanks for pointing it out, good to have this info in the thread :)
    I'll add links to other languages for the battle.net/Blizzard/archive.org links if people ask for something specific, but I don't feel like adding links to every possible language :p
     
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    Well, in the past (and even nowadays) some have complained about a missing Campaigns folder. Also, the version of the demo campaign that shipped with TFT used to be sometimes requested on THW.

    This is all important for any sensible tech support imho. Now, if only some people could ditch their bootleg versions of the game (and I am not even mentioning those archives with pre-installed versions of WC3 <=1.27a...).


    If anybody is inclined to install the official 1.27a digital version, I am curious to read about their experience on OSes >= Vista. I am especially interested about the playback of the FMVs, which used to be a recurrent issue up to and until v1.30.x iirc on modern OSes.
     
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    Hmm yeah but I don't think it's hard to find the demo campaign. Folders are easy to create if you know where they should go.
    What's an FMV?
     
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    Yes, but there may be a catch: the full standalone demo version v1.01 which shipped as a standalone installer has its text and voices in English. There does not exist any localized versions of this standalone demo other than English.

    Now, the DemoCampaign.w3n file which shipped with (and requires) TFT, has its textual contents localized in any of the supported language versions of the game. However, it does not come with any localized voices (except the stock generic ones ofc) or even any voices for its dialogues at all. Even the versions of TFT which are in English do not include a copy of DemoCampaign.w3n with English voices for its dialogues.

    If you know where they should go, and if you know their proper names. 'Campaign' and 'Replays' will not do.
    :wink:

    It stands for Full Motion Video. They are the multimedia files in the Movies folder, masquerading as mpq files while they are in fact *plain* AVI container files. One can rename their extension from MPQ to AVI, and then use MediaInfo to discover almost all their encoding internals.
     
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