Is there a way to install old launcher?

This new desktop app stinks something awful! Is there a way to install the old one again and run games from that or to just run games without the launcher at all if I have to? I was thinking maybe there was a way to uninstall the new app and install an old version and prevent the “upgrade” or something?


I would like to know this as well. I literally hate the new launcher and don’t want to use it at all. I prefer the previous version!


There isn’t a way to go back. The launcher can be thought of as like one of the games. There’s only one live version with no way to go back to previous versions.

Do you know of a way to launch games with like a desktop shortcut and skip the launcher altogether? There must be some kind of executable file right?


The games all do have executables. However, you won’t be able to completely avoid the launcher. Any time an update is released for any of the games, it will lock you out until you install the update. And it’s the launcher that does all the updating.


Probably still a better option than having to look at all of that marketing spam they put on the new launcher. At least I would only need to use it when an update happens. All I can say about this new one is … FARGLESNOT!


There is an option in the Launcher to create a Desktop Shortcut for any of your games.

Go to the Wheel icon next to the [Play] button and click “Create Desktop Shortcut”. You will still have to use the Launcher to update on patch days, but that will be obvious. You will get a message that your software version is out of date which means time to patch.


Please for the love of the gods give us a launcher skin option so we can avoid this advertisement filled nonsense. I just want to play the game.

Maybe add options so we can fully customize the layout ourselves or something, because i hate this version. Sorry for the negative attitude for all the folks that put work into it… but the previous version seemed far better.


That was full of ads too though. I found that if you grab the sides of the Launcher and shrink it down to a smaller windows size then it only shows the info for the game you have selected (play button and such), ONE News article or ad, and your friends list.

Maybe that view would be preferable as it avoids all the clutter - and even shows less clutter than the previous version? Just don’t use it in full screen mode.

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Thank you, it was helpful. Now im having issues trying to launch games just from the shortcut… but it keeps opening the blizz launcher GAH

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Grrr. I had not tried it myself. In that case I suggest doing what Boubou said.

SOME of the games don’t allow it though - they require the Launcher in order to pass the game authentication credentials to the Auth server for login.

There are lots of things in the Launcher people are not really aware of, and some stuff that has moved lately. I was going to make a quick FAQ guide thingy - but now maybe I will hold off. It seems I need to do a bit more verification before I post something green that pretends to know what I am doing!

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Hi again,

That would be troublesome…

Launching Diablo III from a desktop shortcut isn’t perfect… one still needs to type in the account e-mail & password and there could be some troubles when the game needs to be updated – not sure about that since Task Manager shows that “Blizzard Update Agent (32 bits)” is running. But if one can’t stand to look at the launcher for the few seconds it takes to click on Play , then this is somewhat of a workaround.

The issue with friends could remain though… I know the BattleNet app manages many of the “social features” of Blizzard games. What happens when one is playing a game and a friend logs on in another game ??? Can you “see” each other and chat ? Probably not but I do not know for sure.

I would suggest that players interested in pursuing this avenue check on their respective game Technical Support forum – the answer may already be there. I did the screenshot of the Properties box above to explain how to launch Diablo III without going through the BattleNet App when we were having BattleNet queue issues on Europe last October.

Yes – that could be useful… especially after we have all been « upgraded » to the new look. I may even borrow it from you, translate it into French, and post it on Diablo III Europe French… if you agree, of course.

Old Blizzard games had their own individual Launchers. Those still sort of exist for the older games. New games are totally dependent on the Bnet Launcher App - is my understanding. They don’t have a stand alone launcher at all.


Of course I agree. There is a price though :stuck_out_tongue: Please read it over and tell me if I got anything wrong, missed something, or we need to add something. Collaborative work is always a fantastic thing!

I just posted it (draft I guess?) New Battlenet Launcher App player FAQs – 2021

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Looks good at the first read… A small typo is all I saw… and I will need to read it several times (English is a second language for me).

*Please note that MVPs are other players - not Blizz staff/employees. This is a quick complicationcompilation of questions I have seen players ask and is not an official guide of any sort. It is also subject to updates if someone points out I made a mistake! It does happen, after all.

I"ll keep you posted… want to play D3 some more. :slight_smile:

This will be a good learning exercise in formatting also… I know some tricks, but you are using some I didn’t know about :slight_smile:

Go have fun! I did fix that auto correct issue. Thanks for catching it.

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Good morning,

My pleasure.


I must have been half-awake when I read your FAQ last night… I didn’t notice that the questions were numbered incorrectly… questions 7 to 10 are numbered “10”, “7”, “9”, “8” (in that order).

Aside from that, not much to add… you may want to mention that there are 2 “Forums” shortcuts… one for each game (I think), and one hidden under the ellipsis at the top of the new Launcher.

I’ve yet to figure out what the logic behind the region and language selection for the “Forums” shortcut is, however. It seems that, regardless if I connect to Americas or Europe, and regardless if I set the language to French or English, the BattleNet launcher shortcuts open the US region, English language, forums… Perhaps it’s hard-coded that way ? Perhaps it uses my country of residence to make that decision ? I think that it should use the region I connect to and the language of the Launcher to make that decision and that Blizzard has, once more, missed an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that it cares about players in other regions and who display the launcher in a language other than English. (sorry – getting off my soapbox – I know there’s nothing you can do about it).

Will do more testing with the Beta… yeah, I’m still on the Beta… perhaps Blizzard has yet to figure out where Canada is located. That would explain much !!! (oops… now getting off the soapbox and stashing it away :smiley:)

Have a nice day !

I agree, latest update will not download and loops back to scan. meanwhile I am deprived of playing my game, really sucks to not have a game disc to uninstall and fresh install tried everything else including contacting support without any reply.

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A minor error on the FAQ…

“Question” #5 is the answer to Q 4… which means you’ll have to renumber the other questions :frowning: