Starcraft II: Workaround for the “48%” Error During Installation

I’m a huge fan of the original Starcraft game and couldn’t wait until Starcraft II. Even though I got to the party (years) late the first time around, it is an absolute gem. I still play it, when I can (haven’t finished the last mission in the Brood War expansion scenario). Thumbs-up to the whole gang at Blizzard.

Quite busy writing these days, so you imagine the bit of frustration I felt this weekend when I set aside time to install the game and learn about the new units. It started all right; insert the DVD, run the installer but no dice. My symptoms:

  • Installation halted at 48%.
  • When halted, I could no longer browse the DVD.
  • Windows Explorer (not IE) locks solid.
    Bollocks. I wanted to play, NOT another project this weekend.

:: mutter :: fret :: fume ::

All that said, I sorted it. So you don’t waste your time, here’s what I tried:

  • Copy the files to a local directory structure. Nope. The main installation content file is hidden; a size check shows you’re missing something..
  • Un-hide the files (change settings in Windows Explorer: Tools, Folder Options, View Tab, Show hidden files and folders). Try copying the folder structure again. Nope. The copy fails.
  • Go into a command prompt (running as Administrator). Attrib the directory and you’ll see the hidden files therein. XCOPY with –h (-h includes the hidden files). Nope. The copy fails. Without notification (annoying).
  • Ditto, ditto and ditto with removable media, btw. I even get sizing errors .. even with a 16GB drive. Bleh.

My solution: create an image of the DVD, mount the image as a virtual DVD and install. Worked like a charm and was very fast .. even when including the prep time. If you already use a CD/DVD image maker, you can sort this.

If you don’t, here are the steps (for Windows):

  • Download MagicDisc. Be sure to scan the .exe file with your virus scanner (always better to be safe than sorry).
  • Install. As above, watch an installation carefully and make sure you’re not agreeing to anything untoward. If you acquire the installation files from a third party, you’re at the risk of toolbars and other naughty bits and pieces.
  • Create an image of the DVD (run MagicDisc and click ‘Make CD/DVD Image’ on the shortcut menu).
  • Once you’ve created the image, use MagicDisc to mount the newly-created image (it’s under ‘Virtual CD/DVD-ROM’ on the shortcut menu).

Once mounted, Auto play should kick in; if it doesn’t, explore to the DVD and start the installation. It should now run with better results.

Always happy to tinker. Please write if I may assist.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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