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How to Fix: No Sound Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne / Reign of Chaos


Still playing Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne (WC3 TFT)? I know many of us here at Geek Montage still do! It’s a great game by Blizzard.

You may encounter an annoying error after recently installing Warcraft III on Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Developer Preview. I encountered it on 64-bit Windows 8 CP.

That error is Warcraft 3 Has No Sound. Where did it go? It isn’t an issue with your sound card, audio drivers, or anything like that. Why is it missing? BattleNet — that’s why!

This is easily solved though be installing the client Garena.


1) Install Garena
2) Register for Garena
3) Launch Garena & Login
4) Go to LAN Games and join a Warcraft 3 TFT Channel
5) Launch the game

This will enable the audio and music for the game. Easy solution to this problem, huh?

Hopefully this was able to help you troubleshoot your problem.


  1. Comments  Jason B.   |  Friday, 17 August 2012 at 6:44 PM

    This was a great tip. It got me thinking that surely, there must be a way to replicate what Garena is doing to launch the game without having to sign up for their service. Sure enough- you can use the PowerShell engine built into Windows 8 to accomplish the same thing without having to run any third-party software.

    Open notepad and create a file with the following line:

    Start-Process ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Warcraft III\Warcraft III.exe’

    (Adjust path as necessary). Save this as “WC3_SoundFix.ps1”. Then, create a shortcut to the file. Right-click the new shortcut, click properties, then add the following in the “Target” box *before* the path to your ps1 file:

    C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -file

    (Make sure there is a space between “-file” and the path to your .ps1 file.)

    Finally, click “Apply”, then click “Advanced…” Check the box labeled “Run as administrator”
    That’s it. Click ‘OK’ twice to close the properties dialog. Double-clicking the new shortcut should start Warcraft 3 with working sound.

  2. Comments  Datoorion   |  Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 4:24 AM

    this actually worked… thanks a bunch

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