Fix: Wow-64.exe Application Error

World of Warcraft has been around for as long as anyone can remember but even the sheer amount of years the game has been at the top can’t fix the fact that the game suffers from some performance issues. One of these issues is definitely the Wow-64.exe Application error which crashes the game to Desktop and displays an error message.

Wow-64.exe Application Error
Wow-64.exe Application Error

There have been several ways of solving this problem and we have decided to filter through the ones which have actually helped people and we have put them together in an article. Follow the article below to find out more!

What Causes the Wow-64.exe Application Error?

There are several different causes for the Wow-64.exe Application error. One of them includes a problem where the game’s cache gets corrupt due to various factors. Deleting the cache and maybe even some other folders from inside the game files might help you bring your game back to life as this has helped numerous people around the world.

Additionally, your antivirus tools might be blocking the game’s executable from running properly or from accessing the files it needs. You will need to either uninstall, disable your antivirus, or you can simply add the WoW executable or folder to the exceptions list. This often occurs with AVG or Avast.

Finally, the problem might be caused by broken WoW.exe and Wow-64.exe executable files. You can replace them by deleting them from the game’s installation folder and using the Scan and Repair function from the Battle.net launcher!

Solution 1: Delete the WoW Cache

There are several folders inside the World of Warcraft installation which can be deleted to restart several settings and run the game fresh without losing any of your personal data. There are several folders you should consider deleting before running the game again and checking to see if the Wow-64.exe Application error still appears.

  1. Navigate to the World of Warcraft’s installation folder. If you haven’t made any changes during the process of installation regarding the installation folder, it should be Local Disk >> Program Files or Program Files (x86).
  2. However, if you have the WoW shortcut on the desktop, you can simply right-click on it and choose Open file location from the context menu which will appear.
WoW - Open file location
WoW – Open file location
  1. Locate the folder named Cache in the WoW installation directory, right-click on it, and choose Delete from the context menu which will appear. Confirm your choice and re-run the game to see if the Wow-64.exe Application error still appears.

Note: Make sure that the game’s launcher is completely closed while you try to perform these steps! Additionally, if deleting the Cache folder doesn’t help, you can try to repeat the same process with the folder named WTF!

Solution 2: Add the Game’s Folder or Executable to Exceptions in Your Antivirus

Plenty of users who have third-party antivirus tools installed on their computer complained about how the game started to crash after installing these tools or after the game has been updated.

In either of these occurrences, it’s quite possible that the antivirus has started to block the game’s executable from running properly so you will need to add it to the exceptions list along with the entire WoW folder.

  1. Open the antivirus UI by double-clicking its icon at the system tray (right part of the taskbar at the bottom of the window) or by searching for it in the Start menu (Cortana).
  2. The Exception/Exclusion setting is located in different places with respect to different antivirus tools. It can often be found without much trouble but here are some quick instructions on how to find it in the most popular antivirus tools:

Kaspersky Internet Security: Home >> Settings >> Additional >> Threats and Exclusions >> Exclusions >> Specify Trusted Applications >> Add.

AVG: Home >> Settings >> Components >> Web Shield >> Exceptions.

Avast: Home >> Settings >> General >> Exclusions.

Avast Exclusions
Avast Exclusions
  1. Click on Add and make sure you browse your computer for the Wow.exe executable which can be found in the installation folder of World of Warcraft. The easiest way would be to right-click on a World of Warcraft shortcut and choose the Open file location option from the context menu.
  1. You can also browse manually if you know where you the game is installed. It is installed to C >> Program Files by default. Some antivirus tools require that you add an executable file while others need folder so make sure you pay attention to that!

Solution 3: Delete the Game’s Executable and Run the Repair Tool

Running the repair tool after deleting the WoW.exe and WoW-64.exe files can provide wonders for your game’s installation as this process can be used to make wonders for your game. Deleting the .exe files and running the repair tool will replace them with contemporary, working copies and it will also replace any other file it finds missing or corrupt. Follow the steps below in order to do so!

  1. Navigate to the World of Warcraft’s installation folder. If you haven’t made any changes during the process of installation regarding the installation folder, it should be Local Disk >> Program Files or Program Files (x86).
  2. However, if you have the WoW shortcut on the desktop, you can simply right-click on it and choose Open file location from the context menu which will appear.
WoW - Open file location
WoW – Open file location
  1. Locate the executables named WoW.exe and WoW-64.exe in the World of Warcraft installation directory. Right-click on them, and choose Delete from the context menu which will appear. Confirm your choice.
  2. Launch the Battle.net launcher app from where you usually open it on your PC (a desktop icon or by searching for it in the Start menu) and make sure you navigate to the World of Warcraft pane.
  3. Click on Options and locate the Scan and Repair button in order to begin with the process repairing process
WoW Scan and repair
WoW Scan and repair
  1. Click on it and confirm your choice by clicking the Begin Scan option from the Battle.net client window
  2. It’s quite possible that some files will have to be downloaded again and installed during this process which will occur and the end of the Scan and Repair task. This will most definitely include the executable files you have deleted manually in the steps above.
  3. After the process is over, you should reopen World of Warcraft and try again to see if the error code still occurs.
Kevin Arrows
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