Last Updated on September 11, 2020 by Arslan Tufail


To none’s surprise, the recently released Warcraft 3 Reforged has left a bad taste in almost everyone’s mouths. The game has features cut from it, is plagued with issues, and Blizzard’s lack of support isn’t helping the cause. If you too, like many others, miss the good ole days of Blizzard and WC3, there’s a way to install the original version of Warcraft 3 and patch it so that it supports modern-day resolutions and has all the content intact.

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to do to play the original WC3 and its expansions.

How to Install and Patch Original Warcraft 3

To begin, the first thing that you need to do is to download a few files, courtesy of ZeusesCloud:


Once you’ve downloaded the required files, you can get to the installation process as detailed below:

1. Install Reign of Chaos

Firstly, install Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos. The entire installation process is very simple. Agree to the user agreement, insert your Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos CD-key, and try to install it in a directory that doesn’t have Warcraft 3 Reforged.

2. Install The Frozen Throne

Similar to Reign of Chaos, launch the Frozen Throne installer and repeat the same procedure explained above.

3. Patching the Game

Once you’re done with the installs, you can play the game as normal or patch the game to the latest patch, which is 1.27b. In order to install, extract the patch files, and run “War3.exe”.


After the patching is done, you can start the game and play singleplayer, custom games, and LAN. Don’t click on the in-game Battle.Net menu, as it’ll try to download a patch that does absolutely nothing and will break your game.

Install Original Warcraft 3 – Things to Note

  • You don’t need to download all the patches. If you just want the latest patch, download and run 1.27b.
  • You can’t play multiplayer with the latest patch since there are no official servers for the classic anymore.
  • If you want to play on Gameranger, make sure that you download 1.26 instead of 1.27b.
  • You can get CD-key from your old install if you’ve it lying around somewhere.
  • If you don’t have the old installer, you can find it from Battle.Net if the game is registered there.

We hope your trip down the nostalgia lane is a good one. If you’re enjoying the Reforged as it is, be sure to check out our extensive Warcraft 3 Reforged guides page.


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