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As all of you should be aware, there currently is now 2 folders which contains WC3 files and related materials. Your main, wherever you installed it to, and your secondary, which will always be located in your Documents.

Here are steps to be able to properly watch replays again..

First delete any and all WC3 folders in your documents, fire up your Main WC3, and play a random game online or offline (doesn't matter) after the game ends note you'll find that your computer will have generated a Document's WC3 folder. From now on this folder will be your Document's WC3 folder.

Should you open your Document's WC3 folder, you should notice that there will be upto 5 folders, those being: Errors, Log, Replays, Screenshots, and Maps. (Errors and Log will only be generated should something unexpected occurs, ie your WC3 crashes, patch updates, etc. Screenshots will only be generated should you use your PrtSc button.) These 5 folders within the Document's WC3 folder are where your WC3 saves and stores its data at.

That being said, it would be in your best interest to make 5 seperate shortcut folders for each respective folder and place those into your Main WC3 folder. Here comes the tricky part.. EXCEPT FOR THE MAPS FOLDER, delete the  respective original folders from your Main WC3 folder so you don't confuse yourself when you wish to access your data.

!! This step is very important !! Copy and paste the entirety of your your Main WC3 Map's Download folder into your Document's WC3 Maps folder, that's: \Documents\Warcraft III\Maps, not: Documents\Warcraft III\Maps\Download !!

If you have followed along so far, congratulations! You should now be able to review all replays. Note: at this point, I would suggest you hide the Document's WC3 folder so you don't mistaken it for your Main WC3 folder and there shouldn't be an issue with doing so as you've made the shortcuts which will access your Document's WC3 folder and placed them in your Main WC3 folder.

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about opening replays the old way. Since the latest patches many people aren't able to start replays just by double clicking on the .w3g file. That is because somehow the replayfiles aren't associated anymore with Warcraft 3. Therefore we are forced to move the downloaded replay from the Download folder to the Documents\Warcraft III\Replays directory which is annoying.
it is risky as a Windows noob  to tamper in the registry, because many things can be screwed and we don't want to make our Windows unstable. Moreover most of the solutions are for WindowsXP and 7.
This is why I came up with my own little solution that I wanna share with you. It is quick and easy and even noobs will understand what the changes are doing. Furthermore it should work on any Windows.
First things first we need the filepath of the Warcraft III.exe file. Usually you have a shortcut on your desktop. Do a right click and select properties. Copy (Ctrl+C) the filepath that is labeled as Target:

Next, open the Notepad texteditor and paste the copied file path. Additionally append -loadfile %1 . It should look now similar to the screenshot below:

Now click in the menu on File => Save as. Choose as filename whatever you like and append the extension .bat. I chose as filename Replay.bat
Very important: In the line below you need to change the file type from "textfile" to "all files". (Else it will be saved as Replay.bat.txt)

Finally click on save. You can move this file to any desired destination (for example the Warcraft III directory) to keep everything tidy 

What is this file doing? It executes Warcraft III and tells it to load a replay (-loadfile). "%1" is a placeholder and will be substituted automatically with the path of the replay on your hard disk when you doubleclick on it so that Warcraft knows where to find the replay.

Next and last step: Issue a doubleclick on a replay of your choice. You will be prompted to specify an application with which the replay should be executed. Select "search for other applications" and browse for the .bat file you have just created. Make sure to check "use always this application".

That's it. You can download and directly start replays from your browser or by double clicking on the file. The only drawback of this method is that the replay icon is removed from all .w3g files. 
But I think it is easy to fix. Use Google. Maybe I will do myself later and write down a solution

 

@GriefCode you can update i think

weird think, pictures didn't appear :S

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QUICK TIP:  

about opening replays the old way. Since the latest patches many people aren't able to start replays just by double clicking on the .w3g file. That is because somehow the replayfiles aren't associated anymore with Warcraft 3. Therefore we are forced to move the downloaded replay from the Download folder to the Documents\Warcraft III\Replays directory which is annoying.
it is risky as a Windows noob  to tamper in the registry, because many things can be screwed and we don't want to make our Windows unstable. Moreover most of the solutions are for WindowsXP and 7.
This is why I came up with my own little solution that I wanna share with you. It is quick and easy and even noobs will understand what the changes are doing. Furthermore it should work on any Windows.
First things first we need the filepath of the Warcraft III.exe file. Usually you have a shortcut on your desktop. Do a right click and select properties. Copy (Ctrl+C) the filepath that is labeled as Target:

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Next, open the Notepad texteditor and paste the copied file path. Additionally append -loadfile %1 . It should look now similar to the screenshot below:

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Now click in the menu on File => Save as. Choose as filename whatever you like and append the extension .bat. I chose as filename Replay.bat
Very important: In the line below you need to change the file type from "textfile" to "all files". (Else it will be saved as Replay.bat.txt)

Finally click on save. You can move this file to any desired destination (for example the Warcraft III directory) to keep everything tidy 

What is this file doing? It executes Warcraft III and tells it to load a replay (-loadfile). "%1" is a placeholder and will be substituted automatically with the path of the replay on your hard disk when you doubleclick on it so that Warcraft knows where to find the replay.

Next and last step: Issue a doubleclick on a replay of your choice. You will be prompted to specify an application with which the replay should be executed. Select "search for other applications" and browse for the .bat file you have just created. Make sure to check "use always this application".

That's it. You can download and directly start replays from your browser or by double clicking on the file. The only drawback of this method is that the replay icon is removed from all .w3g files. 
But I think it is easy to fix. Use Google. Maybe I will do myself later and write down a solution

you can delete the previous post :D

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donno what is going on with this website, but i believe i edited the thread last time to say that this guide came from tufu........ he wrote the guide for the ppl who wants to only double click on the replay, instead of hovering into game like most does

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14 hours ago, The-EGS-TV said:

donno what is going on with this website, but i believe i edited the thread last time to say that this guide came from tufu........ he wrote the guide for the ppl who wants to only double click on the replay, instead of hovering into game like most does

I will add it to the wiki soon, when i got some time.

No one cares on the origin source TBH, and if someone does, he can feel free to claim his copyright on it, i have no idea how such a guide could be protected for anything that would require you to add the credits. You cannot edit a post after 15 minutes, for specific reasons.

I can imagine the reason you wrote that afterwards, but it is simple bound to people without any knowledge of rights and law in the internet ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

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honestly i would care to claim it as mine or not, i am just sharing basic knowledge like most people do on the internet these days, to help the people figure out what to do. but anyway, thank you for that reply @GriefCode

@GriefCode is there a possibility that someone also make the guide i wrote in german? some people asked me to do so, but i am lebanese :D

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1 hour ago, The-EGS-TV said:

honestly i would care to claim it as mine or not, i am just sharing basic knowledge like most people do on the internet these days, to help the people figure out what to do. but anyway, thank you for that reply @GriefCode

@GriefCode is there a possibility that someone also make the guide i wrote in german? some people asked me to do so, but i am lebanese :D

i can do that probably

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