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Blizzard has released the 64-bit client (Patch 4.3.2 build 15211) for Windows and Mac OS X for Live servers.[1] Looking through the first few pages of the forum post, most reviews are positive, as would be expected. The client will only work with Patch 4.3.2 32-bit client already installed. On 14-Feb-2012, an updated 64-bit client (Patch 4.3.3 build 15314) for Windows and Mac OS X was released[2] to match the PTR update on 18-Feb-2012.[3] On 22-Feb-2012, links for build 15338[4] were updated on the PTR 64-bit client forum page and then to build 15354.[5]

The 64-bit client should now also work on European realms.[6][7] Up thru 1-Feb-2012, European realms did not support the 64-bit client.[8]

In World of Warcraft, a 64-bit client (theoretically optimized for 64-bit OSes) was introduced for testing on the PTR as of Patch 4.3.2 for Windows clients only.[9][10] A Mac client was released later when the client was updated to build 15201.[9]

When Patch 4.3.3 (build 15534) went live, 64-bit client download links were not provided immediately, but added about 3 hours later,[11] although some were provided for the PTR earlier.[5]

On March 27th, 2012, a Patch 4.3.4 (build 15499) PTR 64-bit client was made available for download on the PTR Discussion forum (US).[12] On April 2nd, 2012, the build version was updated to 15531, but with no additional info.[13] On April 14th, 2012, build 15595 appeared on the PTR, but no 64-bit client until April 16th, 2012.[14] Although Patch 4.3.4 went live on April 17th, 2012, it was still in testing[15] for about 7 hours before the 64-bit version was made available.[16]

You still need to remove old x64 files before using the launcher/updater to get your other files to the latest patch, before trying to launch as x64.

Mists of Pandaria Beta Edit

Mists-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

After build 15657, the 64-bit client should download automatically with any client releases. Any exceptions will be noted below.

Mists of Pandaria Beta 64-bit client history Edit

A 64-bit client for Windows (WoW-64.exe) was quietly downloaded with build 15640 of the Mists-Logo-Small Beta that was noticed by some users and clarified by an MVP.[17] The key difference between this test release and previous Live and PTR releases was that it was installed with Launcher and did not have to be installed manually. MVP Bluspacecow predicted correctly that a 64-bit Mac OS X client (World of Warcraft-64.app) would be available with build 15657.[18]

Sadly, there was no Mac 64-bit client available for build 15668[19] and Blizzard said previous users much switch to the 32-bit client via the Launcher's Game Preferences dialog. Unfortunately, the Launcher might get in a vicious cycle where it would download a corrupt file (incomplete? 32-bit?), detect it, and disable the Game Preferences menu item. If this occurs, users are advised to delete the wow-0-15668-OSX-final.MPQ file from their Updates/ directory and try to select "Launch 32-bit client" from the Game Preferences before the corrupt file finished downloading. Afterwards, users would likely have to delete the wow-0-15668-OSX-final.MPQ file again and then the 32-bit update should proceed normally on the next Launcher start. After successfully switching to the 32-bit client, everything should be fine.

On May 10th, 2012, minor progress was made with the 64-bit client for build 15677, as the client downloads and launches successfully for both Mac and Windows, but crashes immediately after character selection.[20] Continuing the 2-day cycle, build 15689 was released later May 12th, 2012[21][22] and the 64-bit client is working again.[23]

Patch 4.3.3 update problems Edit

Downloaded x64 Mac app name problem Edit

http://us.media.battle.net.edgesuite.net/downloads/wow-installers/live/WoWLive-64-Mac-15354.zip
^direct download link for 64 bit client. This is an official blizzard link.

works fine for me. the blue's just haven't gotten around to updating sticky yet, I don't think Tony is in today cause i haven't seen him yet.

IMPORTANT:
AFTER unzipping, RENAME it. They messed up the application file name so launcher cannot find it.

change name from
World of Warcraft 64.app
to
World of Warcraft-64.app

This should restore the launchers ability to find and launch the 64 bit client without needing to bypass launcher and open it directly (never a good thing to bypass launcher unless you know what you're doing, so much better to make sure the launcher can interact with 64 bit app properly)

Edited by Omegal on 2/28/12 12:25 PM (PST)

Need to remove old x64 files Edit

US
Blizz
Patching 4.3.3 with the 64-bit client | 2012-02-27 14:21 | Jurannok
If you are currently testing the 64-bit client, in order to patch up to 4.3.3 you will need to remove the 64-bit files to allow the patching process to complete.

With the 64-bit client files in place you will receive the error: Blizzard Updater failed with an internal error.

Simply delete the 64-bit files listed below from the World of Warcraft folder, and the patching process will resume after going through a short repair process.

Windows

Battle.net-64.dll
MovieProxy.exe
WoW-64.exe

Mac

World of Warcraft-64.app

A new version of the 64-bit client files will be available for 4.3.3 after the patch is live. Please keep an eye on the 64-bit client forum thread for updated files.

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EU
Blizz
Patching the 64 Bit Client | 2012-02-26 09:55 | Lurdlespor
If you are currently testing the 64-bit client, in order to patch the game you will need to remove the 64-bit files to allow the patch process to complete.

With the 64-bit client files in place you will receive the error: Blizzard Updater failed with an internal error.

Simply delete the 64-bit files listed below from the World of Warcraft folder, and the patching process will resume after going through a short repair process.

Windows

Battle.net-64.dll
MovieProxy.exe
WoW-64.exe

Mac

World of Warcraft-64.app

A new version of the 64-bit client files will be required as well. Please keep an eye on the 64-bit client forum thread for updated files: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3312962371

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Caveats Edit

As of 1-Feb-2012.[1]
General
  • The 64-bit client is being distributed separately from the Retail version as it is not yet supported for use with World of Warcraft.
  • Launching the game in 64-bit mode can only be done after patching the game to version 4.3.2 (or later),[2] downloading and extracting the necessary files.
  • The game’s built in voice chat does not currently work when using the 64-bit client.
Mac-specific
  • The 64-bit Mac client does not currently support the in-game movie recording functionality.
  • The 64-bit Mac client iTunes' Remote feature does not work at the present time.
  • The 64-bit Mac client does not currently support the customized LCD display for the Logitech G15 series of keyboards.
  • The 64-bit Mac client is currently not supported on 10.5 systems. You will need 10.6.8 or later for this version.

Additional system requirements Edit

As of 1-Feb-2012.[1]
  • Windows XP Professional “x64 Edition” / 64-bit Windows Vista / 64-bit Windows 7 (latest service packs).
    • PC specs were not given by official sources. Perhaps minimum requirements to run 64-bit Windows XP/Vista/7 are enough?
  • Mac OS 10.6.8 or newer.
    • Mac Computer with Core 2 Duo or better and 2 GB or more of RAM.

If you encounter issues Edit

As of 1-Feb-2012.[1]

If you encounter any issues while using the 64-bit version, please report your findings in this thread and return to using the 32-bit executable. In order to facilitate support when contacting Technical Support, please inform them if you are using the 64 bit client.

To remove the 64-bit client completely, delete the following files from your World of Warcraft folder:

Windows
Battle.net-64.dll
MovieProxy.exe
WoW-64.exe
Mac
World of Warcraft-64.app

Difference from 32-bit client Edit

The difference is not major initially. Moving up to a 64-bit client means that data can be moved around in larger chunks by the OS and application. It also allows the client to access more memory and thus store more quickly accessible content if the player's computer has more than 4 GB of RAM (which many do).

Recent benchmarks (on build 15171) show an improvement, but usually less than 15%.[24] Performance is still also limited by the CPU and video subsystem.

A 64-bit client will not work on a 32-bit OS, but most 64-bit OSes have a 32-bit compatibility layer for 32-bit applications.

Setting up your OS for 64-bit Edit

Not really setup steps, but more to confirm your OS is running in 64-bit mode.

Windows Vista/7 Edit

  • If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, there are two methods to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version. If one does not work, try the other.[25]
    • Method 1: View System window in Control Panel
      1. Click Start button, type system in the Start Search box, and then click system in the Programs list.
      2. The operating system is displayed as follows:
        • For a 64-bit version operating system: 64-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
        • For a 32-bit version operating system: 32-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
    • Method 2: View System Information window
      1. Click Start button, type system in the Start Search box, and then click System Information in the Programs list.
      2. When System Summary is selected in the navigation pane, the operating system is displayed as follows:
        • For a 64-bit version operating system: x64-based PC appears for the System type under Item.
        • For a 32-bit version operating system: x86-based PC appears for the System type under Item.

Mac OS X 10.6.x "Snow Leopard" Edit

  • Launch terminal and enter: ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi press enter
    • If you don't see "EFI64", you don't have 64-bit Kernel and Extensions available, so you can't run the 64-bit client.[26]
  • Restart your Mac with the "6" and "4" keys held down before you get to the login.[27]
  • From the Apple menu, select "About This Mac" and click "More Info..."[28]
    • The System Profiler window should appear and then click "Software" in the left pane.
    • In the right pane, you should see: 64-bit Kernel and Extensions: Yes
  • To be continued...

Mac OS 10.7.x "Lion" Edit

  • Lion runs as 64-bit by default, so you shouldn't have to do anything special.[29]
  • From the Apple menu, select "About This Mac" and click "More Info..."[28]
    • The System Profiler window should appear and then click "Software" in the left pane.
    • In the right pane, you should see: 64-bit Kernel and Extensions: Yes

Installing the 64-bit client Edit

Instructions for Live Edit

Windows
  • Make sure your 32-bit World of Warcraft run directory is up-to-date (build # matches 64-bit client).
  • Unzip WoWLive-64-Win-15211.zip (approx. 7.6 MB) into the run directory where WoW.exe resides. It should create a WoWLive-64-Win-15211\ directory.
  • Copy the following files from WoWLive-64-Win-15211\ into your World of Warcraft run directory:
    • Battle.net-64.dll
    • MovieProxy.exe
    • WoW-64.exe
  • Run the Launcher, go to Options\Game Preferences and make sure "Launch 32-bit Client:" is unchecked.
  • Click Play.
Mac
  • Make sure your 32-bit World of Warcraft run directory is up-to-date (build # matches 64-bit client).
  • Unzip WoWLive-64-Mac-15211.zip (approx. 9.4 MB) into the run directory where World of Warcraft resides. It should result in just a World of Warcraft-64 app file.
  • Run the World of Warcraft Launcher, go to Options → Game Preferences and make sure "Launch 32-bit Client:" is unchecked.
  • Click Play.

Instructions for the PTR Edit

Windows
  • Make sure your 32-bit PTR run directory is up-to-date (build # matches 64-bit client).
  • Unzip WoWTest-64-Win-15211.zip (approx. 7.6 MB) into the PTR directory where WoW.exe resides. It should create a WoWTest-64-Win-15211\ directory.
  • Copy the following files from WoWTest-64-Win-15211\ into your PTR run directory:
    • Battle.net-64.dll
    • MovieProxy.exe
    • WoW-64.exe
  • Run the Launcher, go to Options\Game Preferences and make sure "Launch 32-bit Client:" is unchecked.
  • Click Play.
Mac
  • Make sure your 32-bit PTR run directory is up-to-date (build # matches 64-bit client).
  • Unzip WoWTest-64-Mac-15211.zip (approx. 9.4 MB) into the PTR directory where World of Warcraft resides. It should result in just a World of Warcraft-64 app file.
  • Run the World of Warcraft Launcher, go to Options → Game Preferences and make sure "Launch 32-bit Client:" is unchecked.
  • Click Play.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d Blizz Jurannok 2012-02-01. World of Warcraft 4.3.2 64 bit client. Official Technical Support forum (US).
  2. ^ a b Blizz Sapperwix 2012-02-15. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  3. ^ Boubouille 2012-02-18. Patch 4.3.3 on PTRs, Blue Posts, Fan Art, Diablo 3 Beta Keys. MMO Champion.
  4. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2012-02-23. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  5. ^ a b Blizz Sapperwix 2012-02-24. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  6. ^ Blizz Lurdlespor 2012-02-29. Updated: World of Warcraft 4.3.3 64 bit client. Official Technical Support forum (EU).
  7. ^ Blizz Lurdlespor 2012-02-02. World of Warcraft 4.3.2 64 bit client. Official Technical Support forum (EU).
  8. ^ Blizz Lurdlespor 2012-02-01. World of Warcraft 4.3.2 64 bit client. Official Technical Support forum (EU).
  9. ^ a b Blizz Sapperwix 2012-01-19. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  10. ^ Medievaldragon 2012-01-07. WoW PTR 4.3.2: 64-bit PTR Client Available. Blizzplanet.
  11. ^ Blizz Roraks 2012-02-29. World of Warcraft *4.3.3* 64 bit client. Official Technical Support forum (US).
  12. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2012-03-28. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  13. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2012-04-03. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  14. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2012-04-16. 64-bit PTR Client. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  15. ^ Blizz Jurannok 2012-04-17. Patching 4.3.4 with the 64-bit client. Official Support > Technical Support forum (US).
  16. ^ Blizz Jurannok 2012-04-17. World of Warcraft *4.3.4* 64 bit client. Official Technical Support forum (US).
  17. ^ Beta 64-bit Client. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Beta Technical Support forum (US). Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  18. ^ MVP Bluspacecow 2012-05-01. #1 - 64 bit OS X Client for MoP Beta coming ..... Official forum (US).
  19. ^
  20. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2012-05-10. 64-bit Client Is Crashing in Build 15677. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Beta Feedback forum (US).
  21. ^ chaud 2012-05-12. Mists of Pandaria Beta - Build 15689. MMO Champion.
  22. ^ Ashelia 2012-05-12. Mists of Pandaria - Build 15689 - Spell Changes, Items, Maps, and More. Wowhead News.
  23. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2012-05-12. #1 - 64-bit Client Is Back Up!. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Beta Feedback forum (US).
  24. ^ WoW 64 Bit Client Test (scroll down to see English translation). WoW-Serbia.com (2012-01-11).
  25. ^ Microsoft 2010-10-18. How to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system (rev 5.0). Microsoft Support.
  26. ^ Halifax1 2009-08-25. How To: Enable 64-bit As Default In OS X Snow Leopard. Overlock.net.
  27. ^ Apple Computer, Inc. 2010-08-16. Mac OS X v10.6: Starting up with the 32-bit or 64-bit kernel. Support.Apple.com.
  28. ^ a b Apple Computer, Inc. 2011-04-15. Mac OS X: 64-bit kernel frequently asked questions. Support.Apple.com.
  29. ^ Brock Kyle 2011-08-19. Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" Q&A - Published August 19, 2011. EveryMac.com.

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