How to revert to previous WoW Patch

It seems some people have been asking on how to revert their wow installation to the previous patch (in this case into 2.1.3 from 2.2 patch), and still haven’t found the exact answer to their question and so that’s why i’m going to write a short how to revert your wow patch

Requirements :

1. Repair.exe in your WoW Installation Directory

2. A working internet connection

3. Individual patch for each update you’re going to apply (like below image for an example) …

Wow patch list

4. Ability to delete or rename files :P

Here are the steps :

1. Rename wow.exe inside your World of Warcraft Installation Directory into something else (like wowowow.exe)

2. Run the repair.exe and let it do the job to check your WoW Installation for corrupted files

3. After finished checking, it’ll find that there’s something missing from your WoW installation and then it’ll download the missing file automatically and in my case because i want to revert from 2.2 into 2.1.3, it’ll automatically revert to 2.0.0

4. Now to make sure that our wow version already reverted into 2.0.0, you just need to run the wow.exe (not the launcher or the pop up screen) and see the version number at the bottom left of your screen

5. Okay since we’ve reverted to 2.0.0 and want to get back on using 2.1.3, all we have to do is just running the individual update patch manually from 2.0.0 into 2.1.3 (see the above image), and don’t forget to press escape immediately when the wow launcher screen pop-up to cancel the launcher from updating your wow installation automatically

6. After finished patching your wow into 2.1.3 again now you need to run the wow.exe again to make sure that you’re already back into using the previous 2.1.3 installation … then exit from wow

7. Finish ;)

Things to note :

It seems that World of Warcraft love changing your wow shortcut (even if you created it by yourself) on your desktop if you just upgraded your wow installation

For example, i have two shortcut located on my desktop for WoW purpose. The first shortcut target goes to the World of Warcraft launcher, while the second shortcut goes to the wow.exe directly … and guess what happen after i updated my WoW installation? after i’ve installed patch 2.2 the second shortcut that previously point to wow.exe directly got changed by WoW automatically so it’s pointing to the launcher instead

So … your best bet is … to run the WoW.exe directly from your World of Warcraft installation directory to prevent wow from automatically patching your game


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65 comments on “How to revert to previous WoW Patch

  1. I got the same problem as Keith, i cannot find the wow.exe document but I just changed some random wow launcher or something like that to wowow.exe and now i am running the repair to see if i did the right thing… i am playing on private server but it doesn’t wanna run with patch 4.1 sadly!! hate auto installing..!!

  2. Okay look I’m VERY computer illiterate. The wow.exe is in the World of Warcraft files in the Program Files folder right? Okay I click on that and all the WoW files cascade down and I cannot find any files named wow.exe. So where is it?? I’m sooo confused and it all started after the Fury of the Sunwell patch 2.4

  3. Reaper, would this work for patches in between like for example:

    2.3.2 to 2.3.0

    I’m confused a little bit.

  4. Ok I reapired WoW and im ready to download each patch BUT where the heck do I get them? And since everyone else is having a problem with it how would I stop the auto updater once I get through with the patch downloading?

    I’d appreciate some help i’ve been looking for about 3 days on how to do this and the idiots on youtube (some of them) have no clue on how to do this and ive googled this and came up with nothing helpful either.

  5. having the same problem as Patrick, whenever i try to log on it has me restart to download the patch.
    What should i do?

  6. Went to the site to try and find the patch that goes from 2.0.0(6080) up, but there is nothing. Does anyone have this or do I need to reinstall the damn game again and try to see if it will pull that without going straight to 2.3

    PS is there any time frame on a 2.3 compatible core upgrade?

  7. Hi guys a just want to konw any one here have a pravite server of wow it is burning wow heres the prob when finish updatething the v2.3.0 the ZulAman-Final i hope some one can help me becoz when i finish update it and i try to log in and it says that wrong psswd or acct name some thing like that but i know the am rigth in my spelling i now you cant understand what am try to say srry

  8. I’m not getting the autoloading screen that comes through launcher.exe, I’m getting one that says “patch required” when I start up WoW and try to log in. How do I stop this from coming up? I just want it to let me keep playing in 2.1.3

  9. as an important note, actually if you run the launcher even once. It’ll automatically change any shortcut in your desktop (if you had changed it previously) that point to wow.exe into launcher.exe

    so make sure to check that one too ;)

  10. Hi Reaper, I do now have WoW 2.1.3 and a running server, but my problem is the auto patching…

    I can launch the game, but when I log into my account that i’ve created, I need to press a restart button to download another patch…..but I can’t have that.

    I am kinda stuck, what do I do…? :/

  11. Here are the complete list on what you should get :

    – 2.0.0 to 2.0.3
    – 2.0.3 to 2.0.12
    – 2.0.12 to 2.1.0
    – 2.1.0 to 2.1.1
    – 2.1.1 to 2.1.2
    – 2.1.2 to 2.1.3

    You can stop updating here on 2.1.3 (mangos officially support the 2.1.3) or if you want to continue

    – 2.1.3 to 2.2.0
    – 2.2.0 to 2.2.2
    – 2.2.2 to 2.2.3

    done :D

    Total file size from 2.0.0 to 2.2.3 :

    553 MB (i’m using the enUS)

  12. aah .. you don’t need to worry about it anymore, i just released the mangos 2.2.3 support :)

    but to answer your question, did you disable the automatic download from the launcher ? ;)

  13. ok ive done everything youve done in your guide but when i got to get on my private sever i get through but it still makes me update to 2.2 and ive tried everything to stop it but i cant seem to do it any question or maybe so help?

  14. Wow, this would be nice if we actually had the patch to install. There are poeple in the same boat as me. Where it updated from 2.0 to 2.2 with no patches in between.