How To: Avoid Streaming the Free Trial

It’s no secret that WAR as an endless free trial. It’s a little bit more of a secret that it’s streaming. A bit more of a secret than that is that there’s an ongoing bug which causes the client to be buggy if you disable streaming.

I’m writing today to reveal a super awesome secret that lets you play the trial without streaming and all of the issues that come with it. With my method, as of the last time I tested it, there were no problems with client performance or stability of downloaded data that are not also problems with the retail client. Note that this will be a full sized download of Warhammer Online, and that it will not correct any issues that may be either your fault or your computer’s fault.

All of these instructions are also for the Mac client, you just need to know where the files are within the funky Cider file structure. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back from the guy that runs the Genius Bar section of the forums.

This method does add load to Mythic’s fileservers. Because of that, I ask that you not follow this guide if you aren’t planning on, or don’t already pay for a subscription to the game.


This is a notice that I will be linking files to make this easier on the end user. Please be cautious of all files you download on the internet, especially if they’re MMORPG related. As a higher profile member of the WAR community, I promise that these files are safe, but I will include a Jotti file scan of all of the files. The site that I’m using to host the files is DropBox, and it’s perfectly legit and CANNOT give you any sort of malware.

Step 1

Find your WAR file directory.

This is where your primary WAR files are. The default install directory is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Warhammer Online – Age of Reckoning

Mac: Find WAR in your applications, right click it, and “Show Package Contents”

/Applications/Warhammer Files/Warhammer Online

If you can complete Step 1, you’re ready for:

Step 2

Download the provided replacement files.


Security Verification
File size: 821 bytes
Filetype: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
MD5: 4f18b229b502e993e8c88aa04b59cd4f
SHA1: 65a0b08dbf8c5f60a0f16085e17268ff6526c409



Security Verification
File size: 194 bytes
Filetype: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
MD5: 9e4a707897eb0c98e5278463eaf0f1be
SHA1: f92c767ca4e08f2a69f26fdae930b38912cea540

Step 3

Place the downloaded files in WAR directory.

You found this place in Step 1.

Accept the file overwrite, you may want to keep your old versions somewhere safe.


Start the patcher.

The download will take some time, go watch a movie or sleep.

When the download is finished, you should have a fully functional Retail client. The same as paid accounts receive.