This guide has been updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth and World of Warcraft Classic (2019-09-14).
Where is World of Warcraft installed on my computer?The installation path for World of Warcraft has recently changed slightly with the release of WoW Classic, however, it is still easy to find the installation path for both the mainline (retail), and Classic versions of World of Warcraft on your Windows Computer.
Default installation path
The default installation location for World of Warcraft on Windows computers is
C:/Program Files/World of Warcraft/
WoW game versions
Before the release of World of Warcraft Classic, the
/World of Warcraft/ folder ony our computer would contain all of the files required to play World of Warcraft, however this has changed slightly since WoW Classic released.
Now with the release of World of Warcraft Classic, the
/World of Warcraft/ will contain two top level folders (
_classic_). If you were to open either of these folders you would see that the _retail_ folder contains the files required to play the latest retail version of World of Warcraft, and the _classic_ folder contains the files required to play the WoW Classic version of World of Warcraft.
If you are only playing a single version of the game and have not installed the other version via the Blizzard Launcher, then you may only have a _retail_ or a _classic_ folder dependending on which version you are playing.
If for some reason your World of Warcraft is not installed in the default location, there a few simple steps you can follow to find the installation path easily.
How to find the World of Warcraft installation path
To find the World of Warcraft installation path on your computer in the event that it is not installed in the default location, you will first want to locate the World of Warcraft icon/shortcut on your desktop.
Most World of Warcraft players on Windows will have an icon on their desktop that will look something like the image below.
From here it is easy to use the World of Warcraft shortcut on your desktop to find the games installation path.
To find the installation path from the desktop shorcut, simply right click the desktop shortcut and select the "properties" item at the very bottom of the menu.
Once the properties window opens you will want to look for the field labeled "Start in:", as depicted below. The text in this field represents where on your computer World of Warcraft is installed.
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