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Preload Cataclysm without pre-ordering

I read a useful little tip over at WoW.com/WoW Insider/Joystiq/whatever the fuck they call themselves now.

Basically you can set your current WoW installation to start preloading and installing the impending WoW expansion starting now.


This will supposedly reduce your huge installation time when it comes to installing the real thing. Additionally it helps people like me, who must have the collectors edition, get the game installed while I'm waiting in a cold and smelly line.

All you need to do is this:
  1. Make sure WoW is closed, including the launcher and background downloader
  2. Open your WoW WTF folder (usually C:\ProgramFiles\World of Warcraft\WTF)
  3. Edit the value for "accountType" in Launcher.wtf and Config.wtf from "LK" to "CT"
  4. Go eat a sausage, cause you're done

Hopefully this makes the five hour DVD install a thing of the past.