I did a WoW install from scratch with WoW-4.0.0-WOW-enGB-Installer.exe today. All went well until I had downloaded 13.9GB, according to the connection info window. Then the launcher started to apply non-critical updates, but it was still doing this 2 hours later. So I rebooted, but the problem persists.
-The Launcher states it is at v18.104.22.16829.
-It is stuck at "Applying non-critical updates. This will take some time."
-It isn't really updating files. I checked with the Process Monitor from Microsofts Sysinternals suite. Launcher.exe constantly reads various files, for example \Data\enGB\speech-enGB.MPQ, \Data\art.MPQ or Data\world.MPQ. It does ReadFile operations -successfully - with very high frequency, sometimes 50 times in a row, each taking only a split second. It NEVER writes anything though.
-Launcher.exe sits at 100% CPU (of one core)
-There is no network activity, just some uploading if I enable P2P
The resulting problem:
I can't really play. I know that it should say 2x GB downloaded in the connection info, but the Launcher will never continue downloading. When I do go ingame, I constantly get the loading bars that show the client streaming data when I'm in zones with Catacylsm-related content. There is definiatly data missing.
OS: Windows 7 64-bit. Non of the files are write-locked. UAC is disabled anyway. I tried to run the Launcher as admin. I already ran the repair tool, it stated that WoW was repaired successfully, but nothing happend otherwise.
Account is already upgraded to Cataclysm.
12:00:55.9928 Launcher version 22.214.171.1243
12:00:56.9653 Starting PatchOnDemand system...
12:00:56.9653 Retrieving torrent information from the server.
12:01:00.6477 Play-on-demand initial values:
12:01:16.6750 Time-out while loading patch notes from 'http://launcher.wow-europe.com/2.0/CT/patch-notes.xml?version=126.96.36.19929&locale=en-GB&type=CT'
It looks the same every time it is started. I can see the patch notes in the Launcher even though it says something about a timeout.