January 15, 2012

SWTOR Hack–Re-install without the 20GB+ Download

Filed under: Gaming — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 1:24 am

I’ve been having  a lot problem with my notebook since a bit before Christmas.  I’ve had to re-install Windows like 3 times now (and yes I was using RAID and had backups…long store).  Anyhow, the first couple of times I went through the 20GB+ download for Star Wars The Old Republic and my internet out here is not great.  The entire download process takes 12+ hours.  Tonight I was determined to find a better way…

Well I found it.  What you need to do is make a copy of the C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\BioWare\Star Wars – The Old Republic folder.  Put it somewhere safe.  Also save a copy of the 37MB installer for SWTOR.   On your fresh Windows install run the SWTOR installer.   This will create all the needed folders and registry keys.  Finally copy the SWTOR program files folder from your backup overtop of the fresh install and you’re all set.  Fire up SWTOR and you didn’t have to download the monstrous pig of a download.  So glad I won’t have to be doing that download anymore!

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  1. It worked…. Thanks :)

    Comment by mooqui — May 2, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  2. If you don’t have the installer, you can get it from: http://www.swtor.com/download. Put it in the same folder as the rest of SWTOR and go nuts.

    Comment by John — December 14, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

  3. Thanks for the tip John!

    Comment by Darrin Maidlow — December 15, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

  4. i cant make it please can you make a more detailed explanation?

    Comment by fernando — January 15, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

  5. Did you have a backed up copy of the program files folder already fernando?

    Comment by Darrin Maidlow — January 15, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  6. look i have installed made a copy of STar Wars – The Old Republic , then what should i do next

    Comment by fernando — January 15, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

  7. i think i have

    Comment by fernando — January 15, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

  8. yes i have

    Comment by fernando — January 15, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

  9. Did you download swtor once? You need to have the files locally. My post was a to help speed up re-installs…not the first download

    Comment by Darrin Maidlow — January 15, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

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