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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:39 PM

When I downloaded Minecraft yesterday, I noticed it didn't make a desktop shortcut for it, it just opened up Minecraft after it finished installing.
Is it supposed to make a shortcut? The Help section on the Mojang website implied one was supposed to be created.
I don't know if there's another way to start up Minecraft, but I know a shortcut would be a way to do that. I have no idea how to make a shortcut for it, though.
So how do I make one?

Also, one other thing:  My dad renamed the ".minecraft" folder to "2minecraft" to test if it was the cause of a problem preventing my laptop from starting up (it wasn't). If I try to change it back, I get a message that says "You must type a file name."
Will this affect if Minecraft can run or not? If so, how do I fix it?

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:44 PM

You just drop the downloaded file onto your desktop.

In the folder where the .minecraft folder is, shift right click and choose open folder command line, then type mv 2minecraft .minecraft

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:48 PM

Okay first when you download the minecraft launcher you dont download an installer like other applications, you download a "launcher" program that will launch the game, this can be stored anywhere on your PC, so you can save it directly to your desktop

As for the .minecraft folder, if you launch the game again the launcher will see that it doesn't exist and download the relevant files.

If you have worlds in the old folder the follow Syfaros instructions

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:54 PM

OHHH, now I get it!
I need to save the launcher instead of running it.

I couldn't rename it, Syfaro. The facts that the command you posted wasn't recognized and the shift+right click menu says "Open command window here" instead of "Open folder command line" leads me to believe that you may be using a different version of Windows (or something) than I do. I'm using Windows 7, by the way.

I have one world in the folder, Lutzee. Since I can't rename the folder, would it be possible to copy the world file into the new .minecraft folder that will get created, then delete the old 2minecraft folder?

slightly off-topic EDIT: Hey, I see my title is now "Out of the Water". In that world I created the other day, I spawned in the water a few blocks off of a penninsula. How fitting.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:00 PM

Sorry, I was doing it from memory.

it should be

move 2minecraft .minecraft

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:38 PM

View PostSyfaro, on 18 March 2013 - 10:00 PM, said:

Sorry, I was doing it from memory.

it should be

move 2minecraft .minecraft

Would I need to make a folder named ".minecraft" first? (I tried it; it said it couldn't "find the file specified".)
That seems like a moving or merging command, which means a folder named ".minecraft" has to exist for it to work.

What exactly would that command do? Would it move 2minecraft inside .minecraft, or would it empty all of 2minecraft's contents into .minecraft?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:21 AM

Replace 2minecraft with whatever name the folder that has your saves in it.

I just tested it, it works for me.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

View PostSyfaro, on 19 March 2013 - 12:21 AM, said:

Replace 2minecraft with whatever name the folder that has your saves in it.

I just tested it, it works for me.

I got the same message as last time.

I'm pretty sure there needs to be a folder named ".minecraft" for it to work.
I tried creating a folder with that name, but I got the same message as when I tried to rename the folder.
I think the dot at the beginning makes it think the folder is a file, which is why it wants a file type.
So that means the only way to have a .minecraft folder now is to download the launcher again.

Since nothing else is working, will simply copying the world folder into the "saves" folder in the new .minecraft folder work?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:25 PM

No there doesn't need to be a '.minecraft' directory already existing.  the point of the command is to rename the folder "2minecraft"  to BECOME ".minecraft"

The move command works on windows 7 to do this just fine (just tested it).

You CANNOT use Windows Explorer to do this because it is brain dead and refuses to have a file or directory that has only an extension part of the file name.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:16 AM

View Postgerbil, on 19 March 2013 - 10:25 PM, said:

No there doesn't need to be a '.minecraft' directory already existing.  the point of the command is to rename the folder "2minecraft"  to BECOME ".minecraft"

The move command works on windows 7 to do this just fine (just tested it).

You CANNOT use Windows Explorer to do this because it is brain dead and refuses to have a file or directory that has only an extension part of the file name.

Oh.
It's kind of confusing that a renaming command is called "move".

So that's why it didn't work: I was using Windows Explorer.
What program does it work in, then?

Anyway, can ANYONE tell me if copying the world folder will work??

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:34 PM

You know what, I think I'm just going to try copying the folder and see if it'll work.

EDIT: I actually had to copy everything in the 2minecraft folder into the new .minecraft folder. It remembered my login, but after I logged in the window just turned black.
Dang. Now my only hope is to rename that 2minecraft folder.

I deleted the stuff I put in the folder and let the files download on thier own. I then copied just the world file over to the saves folder. It worked!