Frustrated by WoW Classic’s Update Stuck on Initializing Error? Here’s How You Can Fix It!


Frustrated by WoW Classic’s Update Stuck on Initializing Error? Here’s How You Can Fix It!

Surya Kumar
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WoW Classic’s Stuck on Initializing error is a persistent issue that prevents a player from updating new files or re-installing the game.
This guide provides four official suggestions and a community workaround to iron out this frustrating issue.

Over 2 million players access Blizzard Entertainment’s client to access the studio’s most popular title, WoW Classic being one among them. While most players have had consistent experiences with the launcher, some have reportedly run into an issue where their game gets stuck while installing new updates or game files and shows the Initialization Error. This might be quite exasperating if you are a returning player who wants to explore the second phase of the Season of Discovery. Without further ado, here are all the methods you can attempt to fix this persistent issue.

Here’s How You Can Fix WoW Classic’s Update Stuck on Initializing Error

If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones to run into the app stuck on “Initializing”, here are the official fixes that Blizzard recommends you perform:

Restart the App

Although it might seem like an obvious solution, many players reported that simply rebooting the launcher seems to have fixed the issue. Make sure you open Task Manager, right-click on and select end task if you cannot close it normally. 

Update or Temporarily Uninstall Security Programs

Some new files received through a new update might be mistakenly identified as a security threat by your scanning system. If that seems to be the case, you need to disable your antivirus program or uninstall it for the time being.

Update GPU Drivers and Operating System

Discrepancies in your operating system or outdated drivers can also cause the client to stop installing or updating games. Make sure you choose the right drivers for your graphics card and install them properly.

Delete Tools

Apart from closing all applications like Steam, Discord, Torrents, or other Chrome Tabs to avoid taking up any memory, you can also delete the Tools folder to automatically reinstall it again, which might possibly get rid of this error.

Try this Community Solution

  •  Press Control + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager and click on the Memory tab. 

  • Right-click on the Bnet Update Agent and select the open file location.

  • As soon as it ends, reopen it and manually run it as an administrator.

  • Executing this successfully will help you get rid of the Stuck on Initializing loop.

Contact Blizzard Support

If the aforementioned strategies unfortunately did not solve your issue, we recommend you contact Blizzard's Support team directly for further troubleshooting.

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Surya has been an avid gamer all his life with an emphasis on single-player titles since the PlayStation 2 era. After switching to PC, he has also dabbled in the world of Valorant ever since its beta. He aims to spread his passion for gaming through his writing.

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