Patch 2.3 Install Problems on Vista

Windows Vista is supposed to be a fair bit more secure than past versions of Windows. Whether it is or not I’ll leave up to people that know more about OS security than I do. However, a number of WoW players are having trouble getting patch 2.3 to install on Windows Vista. The problem? Security!

Vista helpHere’s the deal…The patch downloads correctly but when downloader completes and fires off the installer – the install fails. The problem – is one of permissions.

Most Vista installs are setup in such a way that the average user you are logged in as is not an administrator of the machine. If you’re not an administrator – you can’t install or patch software.

The solution is simple. Right click your World of Warcraft icon and select “Run as administrator”. This will start WoW running with administrator permissions instead of your local users permissions. The system will run through the patch process – but this time when the installer fires off, it’s running as an admin. The game should patch correctly and you’ll be pWning in no time!


  1. says

    Hmm, we just got a new PC for my son which comes with Vista SP1 preloaded. I was planning to buy us each a copy of Diablo 3 when it comes out (when ever that is). I hope we don’t have similar install/patch problems there.

  2. says

    You never know…

    I’m not getting Vista until SP2 is out or I see all of the programs I want not compatible with XP.

  3. says

    Capn – Growl here reporting from Afghanistan – you’ll likely have this problem even with SP-2 for Vista – I could be wrong – but the issue here is the update program simply needs to have the “rights” to install its patch on your drive. My guess is that SP-2 isn’t going to downgrade how it manages security. Honestly – even though this is clunky and makes a one step process into a 2 step – it’s at least nice to see that Vista is taking some pains for securities sake.

    My solution is two fold at the moment….

    1) Run Mac OS (happily)
    2) When I need a PC – it runs XP – XP is a fairly solid OS in my opinion and it makes my teeth ache 50% less than Vista does.

  4. Anonymous says

    This problem is caused by Vista’s securtiy setting set by UAC (User Account Control). It can be over come as described in the post above, but you can disable it completely if that doesn’t work by doing the following.

    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts And Family Safety.
    3. Click User Accounts.
    4. Click Turn User Account Control On Or Off
    5. Clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) To Help Protect Your Computer checkbox, and then click OK.
    6. When prompted, restart your computer

  5. says

    My name says it all…

    I went from Windows ME to XP and loved it. Spent about 3 years on XP, then in late 06, out came Vista. There were mixed emotions about it, but like a lot of people, I took the plunge. Immediately, I found myself dealing with a faulty Windows registry, slow PC performance and I even had to restore Windows Vista on a couple occassions. To make a long story short, I ended up going back to XP last week. I think I will eventually go to Windows 7, but for the time being, XP will have to do. At least I no longer have to deal with a slow Vista PC!

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