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How to Install ElvUI on World of Warcraft? Change Your UI!

ElvUI is the best UI replacer for World of Warcraft and yes, it’s highly compatible!

If you were looking for a comprehensive guide on how to install ElvUI on World of Warcraft, your search ends here. Over the past 15 years, World of Warcraft has vastly evolved, and it is one of the most played online games of all time.

If you don’t like the built-in UI of World of Warcraft, ElvUI got you covered. ElvUI is an improved user interface, which also includes options to modify the interface for matching the player’s needs. ElvUI has been designed with one thing in mind; user-friendliness. The good old World of Warcraft interface has been completely redesigned to make it easier for the player to navigate through.

There are also other addons available for World of Warcraft but ElvUI is the best one we could find. With other UI changers, you might have to install even more addons for getting them to work fully. However, ElvUI will do its job with a single installation and you don’t need to worry about any other addons. Also read, How to Cast to Firestick.

Step by Step Procedure to Install ElvUI on World of Warcraft

During the installation process, World of Warcraft should not be running. Make sure that you close any background processes related to WoW from the Task Manager. Expand the task manager and press on ‘End Task’ for every WoW process that you may find.

All your settings are stored in a folder named ‘WTF’. In case things go wrong while installing the add-ons, you might want to restore your game’s existing settings with the contents of this folder. Therefore, it’s always safe to create a backup of this folder. Locate the WTF folder within the main directory of World of Warcraft.

It’s time to download the ElvUI application but do not make the mistake of downloading this file from any website other than this one! We have received complaints of ElvUI not showing up in the game if the application’s latest version was not downloaded. That’s a heads up!

How to Install ElvUI
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Download the right application for your game’s version. For instance, if you are running the Classic version of WoW, you are looking for this file!

You will receive the ElvUI application in a compressed zip folder. Extract the contents of this folder (the folder has been saved to your default download location). You will now have two folders; ElvUI and ElvUI_OptionsUI.

Head to your World of Warcraft ‘AddOns’ folder. By default, the ‘AddOns’ folder is located in C:\User\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\_retail_\Interface\AddOns.

Drop both of those folders extracted from the compressed zip folder into this ‘AddOns’ folder.

Running World of Warcraft After Installation of ElvUI

It’s time to run WoW and see if everything is working fine. Head to the character selection screen. To the lower-left corner of your screen, you will see the AddOns icon.

Enter the AddOns menu by clicking on the icon in the lower-left corner of your screen. If you are lucky enough, ElvUI should show up here by now. Turn on the ElvUI addon. And that’s it! You just installed the ElvUI on World of Warcraft.

If you are setting up ElvUI for the first time, we highly recommend that you stay focused during the quick install process.

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Errors During the Installation of ElvUI

There are a bunch of common errors encountered during the installation of ElvUI. This is just a quick fix guide. We will be coming up with a dedicated guide for fixing ElvUI related issues very soon so keep an eye out for the updates on our website.

If you had not entirely closed the game while copying the ElvUI folders to the AddOns folder, the changes might not reflect when you launch the game. Most probably, relaunching the game will fix the issue with ElvUI not showing up on the AddOns icon menu but if it doesn’t work for you, try rebooting your system. If it still doesn’t work, you may have downloaded an outdated version of ElvUI. Make sure that you have downloaded the latest version of ElvUI from the link posted above.

If you face any surprising errors during the installation procedure, let us know in the comments below and we’ll be more than happy to assist you. Read Next, Mortal Kombat 12.

Aaditya Sharma

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