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We have downloaded the Diablo 3 game client on one PC at our house. With the other two recent Blizzard games WoW and Starcraft 2 you could just copy the game folder from one PC to another over the LAN and fire it up. Is this also possible with the Diablo 3 game client?

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Yes it is possible. The client is not account specific.

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Thanks for the confirmation, I was hoping as much. Going to try this then in a few hours, when I get home, and hopefully accept this answer afterwards :-) –  Jeroen May 15 '12 at 15:19
    
What about silly things like registry entries and whatnot? How are those replicated on machine #2? –  RESPAWN May 15 '12 at 15:21
    
Well it is not the same as installing the game from scratch (no startmenu entries etc.) Usually if no registry entry is found it is replaced with a default until the user sets his preferences. I do not work at Blizzard, so I am not sure :) –  ayckoster May 15 '12 at 15:25
    
Copied from PC 1 to PC 2, create shortcut to D3.exe on desktop, run... working like a charm! –  Jeroen May 15 '12 at 17:20

I have confirmed this. Just like World of Warcraft, you can move/copy/cut the entire directory (~15GB) to anywhere you would like. I tested this by moving it between hard drives on my local machine.

The only problem would be the shortcuts on the desktop not pointing to the correct location, but you can always use the launcher found in the Diablo 3 container.

Once you have D3 installed on one computer, instead of downloading it again, use an external Hard drive to copy it from computer-to-computer!

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While you can copy your Diablo 3 folder to an external hard disk, it is worth noting that Diablo 3 stores additional data in the following locations;

C:\ProgramData\Battle.net
C:\ProgramData\Blizzard Entertainment

The 'ProgramData' folder requires administrative privileges in order to write files to this location, so simply 'just' copying your Diablo 3 folder won't work but the Diablo 3 launcher should rebuild these folders and all related files if you have access to these locations.

These folders contain the Battle.Net Agent in addition to Diablo 3 Launcher updates and are required for the Launcher to update.

There is the 'current' copy of the launcher in the Diablo 3 installation folder, so provided you have write access to the above locations on the new computer running this will re-create all of the required folders and re-download all of the required files for the Battle.net agent.

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but there is a launcher in the main Diablo III folder. –  Oliver Sep 9 '12 at 7:39

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