WoW - Windows to Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by xandrex, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. xandrex macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    By the end of this summer, I will have a beautiful MBP as my main computer and can leave Windows (for the most part) behind. However, I do have a snag.

    I am, admittedly, a WoW addict. Not hardcore, I suppose, but I do play a decent amount and so obviously I hope to continue my playing on my MBP.

    I long ago confirmed that it will, in fact, run on the MBP, but the real issue is re-installing it. My net connections is known to run at snail's pace when downloading patches and because I have a fairly old version of WoW (probably three years old or so when I first bought the physical CDs and such), there are a lot of patches and such I need to download. I know that I cannot transfer EVERYTHING from my PC to my Mac, but can I at least transfer patches?

    I don't really use any addons so I don't really need any of those to come with me.

    And if I can bring stuff over, can someone give tips on how to make my transfer as smooth as possible?
  2. northerngit macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    It's been a while since I've had to support both a Windows and OS X WoW machines. I currently have the latest gen MBP and my partner has a Vista machine. She doesn't play much anymore, so you're milage may vary on recent patches - but, from memory, even though the Windows / Mac patch versions comes as .exe and .app respectvaly I believe I used to be able to copy the .MPQ files across.

    Basically, install WoW on your MBP and let the Blizzard downloader start to get the patch. Cancel the download and look in the /Applications/World of Warcraft folder. Find the patch file ie:


    Right click and "Show Package Contents". In the new Finder window expand the "Content" folder, and then the "Resources" folder. There should be a .MPQ file inside, in this example "standalone.MPQ". Copy the "standalone.MPQ" file from the same Windows patch version into this folder on your MBP. Start the "WoW-" or whatever patch version you are using and it should recognise the file you copied and simply update the OS X specific content. Like I said, I used to do this pre-Burning Crusade; but give it a shot.

    Or you could try installing WoW on the MBP and simply copy over the revelant .MPQ files from the Windows machine into /Applications/World of Warcraft/Data/

    These files are:

    common.MPQ - 3.57GB
    expansion.MPQ - 1.37GB
    patch.MPQ - 1.9GB
    patch-2.MPQ - 119.9MB

    Plus the enUS folder - 1.GB. Unfortuanetly Blizzard don't provide a file check and repair for OS X... if they did, you could simply run that and repair your install... oh well.

    Lastly, if you're having problem using the Torrent Blizzard patch downloader, you can use the following web page to get the patches via standard HTTP from high speed local mirrors...

    As an indication, from a clean install of the original WoW CD, through to a compete patched Burning Crusade, the total patch sizes I have are 2.52GB.

    If you are going from base WoW to Burning Crusade, you don't need every patch, simply grab the followinf rom the URL above:

    After installing Base WoW:

    WoW-1.12.0-enUS-patch - 466MB
    WoW-1.12.x-to-2.0.1-enUS-patch - 483.6MB
    WoW-2.4.0-enUS-patch - 925.4MB

    After installing Base Burning Crusade:

    WoW- - 1.9MB
    WoW- - 15.1MB
    WoW- - 26.1MB

    You can run these manually, or exapand into your /Applications/World of Warcraft folder and then run the /Applications/World of Warcraft/Background Downloader which should pick up the patches and simply run through them for you!

    I simply backup my WoW folder before and after each major patch; keeping the patch files the Blizzard downloader dumps in /Applications/World of Warcraft/ or keep a copy of the patch download from so I don't have to go through this pain if I ever re-install.

    Best of luck :)
  3. Industries macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    North Carolina
    Can't you just download the latest full version over night for a few days?
  4. northerngit macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    As he said "My net connections is known to run at snail's pace when downloading patches". The new client download uses bitorrent too. I can only assume he has a slow net connection, a broken firewall or his ISP is shaping torrent traffic. In effect, it's no different to his complaint regarding a inability to download patches...

    WoWWiki uses standard HTTP, hopefully this won't cause his connection to die :)
  5. JKitterman macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Put WoW on the new computer and go borrow a faster net connection. Have any friends with a faster connection? WiFi access points in the area that are usable? Library?
  6. xandrex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Thanks for the help! So I did a bit of poking in my Windows files to see how this would all play out. So I did: Computer -> C: -> Program Files -> World of Warcraft. Now I come up with two things - directly within that folder are several subfolders and then down at the bottom are various files. Many of those files are the .exe of the patches. There is no way to "explore" these files. They simply run the patch. So I found the -> Patches folder and in it lay four folders:


    Those are all I have and they appear to be dated from quite some time ago, even though there have been several patches since that time (11/14/2007) and I'm still playing just fine. Also, the .mpq files do not match up with the ones listed - I have:


    So I'm guessing that Windows and Mac files are different? I don't know exactly.

    The Burning Crusade is installed on the computer as my brother plays, however I am not a high enough level yet and so I haven't spent the money for Outland (why pay for it if I don't need it quite yet?).

    Does this mean I should do a clean install of both WOW and then TBC and THEN let the downloader find the appropriate patches?

    And yes, I would love to just leave it to download overnight, however I believe my ISP does traffic shaping as I have on multiple occasions checked my firewall settings and WOW is set to not be blocked, just as Blizzard instructed. My net connection otherwise typically is able to download at a decent pace (I'm on a 1.5Mbps ISP called Clearwire...the best we can get because the stupid cable companies refuse to come a mile out of town). I can always wait until I get to school to download all of it as I'll be on a much faster connection, however that is equally inconvenient and if I'm downloading huge files for long periods of time, they won't be happy.

    Thanks for the help and if anyone has any advice for what I listed above, that would be great!
  7. JKitterman macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Do you have any friends with apples? You may be able to do a copy of there WoW directory that is patched or just copy the patches on CD/ DVD or portable hard disk.
  8. xandrex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Sadly, most of my friends are computer illiterate and have no clue how to do anything except go to MySpace and Facebook. So they use their household desktops which are always outdated Dells, it seems. Only one of my friends has an Apple computer and they don't play WoW.
  9. xandrex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    I hate double posting, but I was curious as to if anyone had an answer to my previous question about the .mpq files not matching up to what northerngit said. Anyone else ever made the switch? It would be really great to not have to download all of those files again! :D
  10. Ornryactor macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2008
    I realize this is kind of a low-tech answer (relative to all the .MPQ and file-naming mumbo-jumbo from above), but why not just download the patches that you need (since those have already been listed off) and put them on a flash drive? Surely you either have a 1GB/2GB drive or can borrow one. If you can go into town and use a public computer at a library like someone suggested (or wifi at a coffeehouse) then you can download the patches, save them to your flash drive, and take them home and patch your WOW client offline.
  11. Animalk macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
    As far as I know, the patch files are .exe and thus cannot run in OS X. You will need to get yourself the apple version of all the patches unfortunately.

    The addons may be transfered as is as they are not operating system dependent.

    I keep all the patches on a dvd for both windows and mac installations for my own use as well as helping out friends. You could consider starting to work on one for yourself as blizzard as a hard to find page where you can download all the patches without the game. Oddly I cannot find the page on their site at the moment but sending them a quick email will probably get you what you need.

    good luck:)
  12. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Use one of the Wowwiki mirrors to download the patches you need, if torrents don't work for you.
  13. rbarris macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2003
    Irvine CA
    One nice thing about portables is that they are portable...

    Perhaps you could carry the laptop to a place with a fast connection - a friend, or an Apple store, these are just ideas.

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