Installing World Of Warcraft On Vista

Having trouble installing WoW (Word of Warcraft) on your Windows Vista box? Well, I was. Recently I wanted to go back and give WoW a try once again, and by now I have a new machine from Alienware running Windows Vista. I popped the original first CD in and low and behold … I got an error, it wouldn’t run the executable. I got an error number 132 and something about a bootstrap problem.

I thought this might just be a problem with the older installer and Vista, since I got these disks years ago, so I downloaded the latest installer from Blizzard’s website. So, 3.5 GB later I try to install from the download and it doesn’t work either. Different error, this time Vista just popped up a box saying that the installer wasn’t working. Support at Blizzard was no help, in their opinion I had bad memory but I didn’t think that was the case since every other game I have runs great. After some log searching and Google-ing, I hit upon something that clicked for me. It seems the installer was failing because of a problem with the LAME MP3 codec. Aha!

The answer was there in front of me. I took a shot, downloaded and installed the LAME MP3 codec and tried again. Lookout, now the installer worked! I didn’t go back and try the old CD’s, but the installer that I downloaded worked great.

So, if you are having trouble installing WoW on your Vista box, and especially if you get any kind of LAME MP3 errors, go and download the codecs here ( and see if that helps.

5 thoughts on “Installing World Of Warcraft On Vista

  1. Let me know if you like WoW. I’ve been playing for a while now and have a level 40 Dwarf Rogue I play on the Mal’Ganis server. If you create a toon on that server, you can /w waulis to reach me.

  2. Hey Mack, actually I have played WoW for a while now, just not on Vista. When I was searching for the fix, I found lots of people having the problem, and lots of bad advice so I thought I would throw my 2cp worth up here. I am Suramar mostly, but I might have to start a toon on your server. What side?

  3. Alliance. My toon is Waulis, Dwarf Rogue with the Praetorian Guards guild on Mal’Ganis.

    I’d really get a kick out of doing some quest and dungeons with you.


    If you start a new toon on Mal’Ganis, let me know and I will help you level up real fast.

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