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How Do I Start Playing World of Warcraft®

December 05, 2011  |  Difficulty: Medium

How to download, install and begin playing the World of Warcraft®

Online games have quickly become a popular pastime due to the rapid expansion and acceptance of the Internet. Game manufacturers are continually adopting more sophisticated strategies, including offering a variety of online services in conjunction with their games. One of the most common types of online games is the MMORPG (Massive-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) genre, where players create characters in their accounts and play with them in the game’s imaginary world. World of Warcraft®, (more commonly known as WoW), a game created by the Blizzard® gaming company, is arguably the most widely played online game in the world. If you wish to experience life as a dwarf, elf, orc, or etc. in their sci-fi world, the article below describes how to begin playing the World of Warcraft® MMORPG computer game.


  1. Open your Internet browser. Then go to the World of Warcraft® website.
  2. In the top navigation bar, click on the “Create an Account” link.
  3. Fill in all the necessary information such as your “Country, date of birth, name, email, password and security question.” Then, select the “I consent to Blizzard…” and the “I accept the Terms of use…” checkboxes and click on the “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.
  4. On the next page, fill in the parent or guardian’s email address and click on the “CREATE ACCOUNT” button again.
  6. A verification email will be sent to your email address. Click on the link to verify your email.
  7. Log on to your battle.net account. Click on the green “Play for Free” link in the “YOUR GAME ACCOUNT” section.
  8. On the confirmation page, click on the “CONTINUE” button. On the next page, click on your operating system version in the “Download Game Client” section.
  9. Save the file to any location on your computer.
  10. Locate the downloaded file and run the installer by double clicking on the file. If your operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  11. When the installation wizard launches, click on the “Install” button.
  12. Read and confirm the “License Agreement” section. Then, click on the “Accept” button.
  13. On the next page, choose the installation path and click on the “OK” button. Then, click on the “OK” button again.
  14. When the installation finishes, the updater will automatically launch. Wait until the “PLAY” button becomes active (orange color), then click on it.
  15. The game will start. You will need to read and accept the three license agreements, then, you will be taken to a log in page.
  16. Type in the email and password you used to register the account. Click on the “Login” button.
  17. On the following screen, choose the language and realm style. Click on the “Suggest Realm” option.
  18. Create your character, fill in your name and click on the “Accept” button. Now click on the “Enter World” button and enjoy the World of Warcraft®!

 Tips and Tricks:

  • If you do not receive the confirmation email, check your mailbox’s spam folder.
  • To learn how to create a good password, follow the steps in the article that focuses on creation of a strong password.
  • If you want to play in a different realm, click on the “Change Realm” button in the character selection.


  • This article describes how to create a starter edition account. After the testing period, you must extend the account to regular and monthly pay to continue, as well as purchase the game code from Blizzard®.


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