As we all know, when you first install SC2, the are several updates/patches that comes along with it and it takes aeons to finish.

I'm wondering if there is a way to save the updates/patches and restore it later when I reformat my computer so that I don't have to go to all that manual updating again.

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Not quite the patches, but you can backup the entire SC2 directory and simply copy it back after your format.

  • And it would work like newly installed?
    – DrFish
    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:40
  • Done it several times myself. Only thing I've noticed compared to a regular install is you don't have Start menu shortcuts.
    – Dracs
    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:25
  • @Dracs Do you backup C:\Users\Username\Documents\StarCraft II\ as well or just C:\Program Files (x86)\StarCraft II\ ?
    – IMB
    Nov 8, 2011 at 14:20
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    @IMB I have before, but I don't usually. The folder in Documents contains your campaigns, saved games, replays custom map data. It will work fine with or without it.
    – Dracs
    Nov 8, 2011 at 14:27
  • If you are concerned about a backup folder copy not installing shortcuts etc, what you can do is install the base version from DVD/digital download, then copy the backed-up folder over the install folder. This will install shortcuts/registry entries, and then update the files.
    – Wikwocket
    Nov 9, 2011 at 1:17

Blizzard support says no, but you can still get it at fileplanet :D


Looks like patches are now available as separate downloads from Blizzard.

So when you update Starcraft 2 you could manually download the patches and save them for later. Then when you need to restore/reinstall everything: install Starcraft 2 from DVD, then run the patches.

EDIT: My link is now broken.

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    Dead link now ... Jun 12, 2013 at 20:19

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