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    Quote Originally Posted by yurano View Post
    Wasting bandwidth for no reason.
    Wasting bandwidth? That's like telling someone they're wasting sunlight be being indoors. Unlimited resources cannot be wasted.


    Unless you live in Canada.

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    Assuming you have no issues with your game currently, I agree with previous posters, copy and paste
    If you have an ext hdd, copy your entire wow folder from c:\users\public\games and drop it back on your new windows installation. Wow is ABOUT 30 GB give or take. Everything will be preserved, addons, configurations, preferences, etc. And its MUCH faster than having to redownload, install and patch the game, especially if you use multiple addons

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    Pro tip: don't reinstall. Copy the installation to an external harddisk and then copy it back in. WoW will repair itself the moment you run your launcher for the first time on the new Windows and you are done. Tested this myself many times, it works.

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    And its MUCH faster than having to redownload, install and patch the game, especially if you use multiple addons
    Copying the game back and forth can take up to two hours, if not more, over USB.
    Simply reinstalling the game to the point of playability will take 20 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazus View Post
    Copying the game back and forth can take up to two hours, if not more, over USB.
    Simply reinstalling the game to the point of playability will take 20 minutes.
    What kind of USB are you using?
    Are you trying to say that downloading a fresh version of the game with no addons and no WTF addon configuration files in roughly 2 hours is quicker than dragging a complete and ready version of WoW via USB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clampy View Post
    What kind of USB are you using?
    Are you trying to say that downloading a fresh version of the game with no addons and no WTF addon configuration files in roughly 2 hours is quicker than dragging a complete and ready version of WoW via USB?
    ~60gb over USB takes a number of hours, unless you're on USB3, AND have a USB3 drive. Which most people don't yet.

    Backup of addons and wtf takes.... 25 seconds. Downloading wow takes 20 minutes tops, unless you're on dialup. Having a nice clean install of wow not only takes less time, but ensures that little bugs that simply repairing wont fix, are handled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazus View Post
    Copying the game back and forth can take up to two hours, if not more, over USB.
    I'm using USB 2.0 on an external HDD. I get about 30 megabytes/s. For a 22 GB installation, that should take me about 12.5 minutes. You're probably thinking of a USB flash drive which has brutally slow read and write rates.


    Quote Originally Posted by chazus View Post
    Simply reinstalling the game to the point of playability will take 20 minutes.
    Have you ever actually tried that function? Playing before the game is fully downloaded is a humongous pain. You can't see anything, everything is blurry and its just an overall bad experience. I rather spend the 30 minutes copying WoW on and off my external hard drive. You can even play WoW straight off the external hard drive if you wanted to.

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    Copy your WoW folder to an external HDD. Can copy it about, it still runs wherever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurano View Post
    Wasting bandwidth for no reason. Plus, losing addon and interface settings is pretty painful if you've devoted a large amount of time into tuning your installation.
    Unlimited broadband

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-30 at 02:04 PM ----------

    Well as a couple of people have pointed out I would like to completely reinstall to have a fresh bug free client, sonetimes I tend to get wow errors so...
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