A free fan-made modification for Age of Empires III

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Installing Wars of Liberty

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:05 am


In order to install Wars of Liberty, just download the installer and install it as you would install any application. Although, there is a small difference between installing WoL and installing most programs: when asked for the destination location for WoL, you need to choose a folder that contains a proper AoE3 installation, otherwise, you’ll get errors about missing files when trying to play WoL.

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If you have the normal AoE3 version installed in your PC (that is, if you didn’t use Steam to download and install AoE3), then it’s likely located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III, but, if you have the Steam version of AoE3, you might be able to find it C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Age of Empires 3\bin.

:!!: If you are trying to install WoL over a Steam installation, don’t forget the “bin” part, since the actual AoE3 files are inside that folder. Also, if you use a 64-bit operating system, don’t forget to replace “Program Files” by “Program Files (x86)”!

Before attempting to install Wars of Liberty, make sure that the directory that you have chosen to install it actually exists and contains a valid AoE3 installation. This can be done by browsing, in Windows Explorer, to the directory you have chosen. If it exists and contains a valid AoE3 installation, you can proceed with the installation. If the path you have chosen doesn’t contain a valid AoE3 installation, you can try to use the Windows Search feature to locate the “age3y.exe” file. After locating it, the folder that contains this file is where your AoE3 installation is installed and, thus, the path you need to install WoL to.

Additionally, you can also copy your AoE3 installation to somewhere else and install Wars of Liberty to this folder. After installing it, you’ll be able to play Wars of Liberty from that folder, without having to rename folders back and forth or changing windows registry entries! Nonetheless, it’s worth to mention that such method works with Wars of Liberty since it’s patched to allow such behaviour, and, therefore, this might not work with other modifications.

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