Okay, this is really annoying. This is a fresh copy of WoW, just downloaded it.
Every time I restart the Launcher (e.g.: quit from game and start it again), it starts to download everything from the "Available" part.

So, after every restart, I have 5.6gb to re-download. Not really convenient with cable.
(I tried the repair tool, but it only checked the wow.exe and said everything is OK.)

  • if I remove all the caches, the game starts right up. (after a short "applying non-critical patches"). how? why?
    – Apache
    Jul 28, 2012 at 20:10
  • of course, this means I lose every setting, addon and everything else at every start.
    – Apache
    Jul 28, 2012 at 20:41
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    Are you running the launcher as an administrator? Are you letting it finish the download, applying all the updates and then shutting down your computer? If you don't let it finish it will always try to complete the next time you launch. But it should redownload the data (unless you are using a non admin account that wipes the data when you log off).
    – Sorean
    Jul 28, 2012 at 21:26
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    I'm out of ideas then. Please let us know your resolution when you get this figured out.
    – Sorean
    Jul 29, 2012 at 15:24
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    It may be helpful to mention in the question where/how you got the "fresh copy" (I'm assuming the official Battle.net site, yeah?)
    – Jeroen
    Jul 29, 2012 at 20:56

2 Answers 2


It turns out, that installer will report you that the game is downloaded, everything is fine.

But after your first login (and log out), it will start downloading, again.
I think this is due to the Cataclysm/WoTLK content which some of the people may not have.

But that's only a simple assumption. So if it starts downloading again, let it download. It can do it in-game, but it needs some speedy net connection for that.


I had the same problem, albeit with the MoP beta. As lame as it may be, it fixed itself when I re-installed it as part of upgrading my PC.

Having said that, you can play WoW without running it through the launcher (at least until the next patch). If you go to the folder WoW is installed on your PC and create a shortcut to the WoW.exe file, run that shortcut and it won't run the launcher so it won't try to re-download multiple gigabytes of files. I used this workaround for a while when I was having this issue.

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