Not sure if this is common knowledge or not but I thought that I would share this little guide as it has really helped me.
This is a short guide to using batch files to create separate Minecraft directories.
I personally have two shortcuts at the moment: one for 1.7.3 and one for 1.8. Both are in separate locations and don't interfere with each other at all. This is really useful for accessing the server that I use, which hasn't updated yet, whilst also having access to 1.8 for my single player world. No mucking about with Jars, just straight forward and easy shortcut links to my different versions. It's also useful to me as I have a 1.7.3 world that I might want to return to in the future but I also want to start a new 1.8 world now that the new update is with us!
It's quite useful as well for when you think about using a mod but you want to be able to switch back to 'vanilla' Minecraft occasionally. You don't have to muck about with Jars and the like. You can just have separate versions of the game using batch files. So quite good if you were running Millenaire, for example, but also wanted access to normal Minecraft to run another save file.
So, to sum up, this is a quick guide to having different versions of Minecraft stored separately on your computer and all accessible as and when you like. It's really easy to do and not complicated at all. Just follow the instructions below:
1)Find your minecraft install. It'll be something like: C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft(type %appdata% for the shortcut to it)
2)Make your new directory for your Minecraft install somewhere else. e.g. C:\Minecraft 1.8 or
C:\Minecraft Millenaire - for my example, I'm going to create a 1.8 folder
3)In that directory create two more directories one called bin and the other called data. So for example:
4)Copy the minecraft.exe that you use to launch the game into the bin directory.
5)Copy the entirety of the C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft into the data directory so that it looks something like: c:\Minecraft 1.8\data\.minecraft\
6)Create a .bat file that contains the following text: (To create a .bat file you need to create a text file then change the extension from .txt to .bat.)
set APPDATA=c:\Minecraft 1.8\data
7)Update any shortcuts you use to launch the game to point to this .bat file. So, for example, I have a Minecraft 1.8 shortcut on my desktop pointing to my Bat file.
Repeat this for each version of Minecraft you want. So you could, for example, have a 1.7.3 directory, a 1.8 directory and maybe a modded version too. You'll easily be able to switch between the versions using this method without having to muck around with Jar files all of the time.
Hope that helps. :smile.gif:
Finally, I must acknowledge my sources as this wasn't my idea. I got this from the Minecraft Speed Guide by IronWaffle. It's an excellent guide if you haven't already checked it out. IronWaffle has credited Lost-Ninja as having come up with the original instructions. This was originally for changing your appdata files to be stored on another HDD but works equally well for the purpose outlined in this post.
Whilst this is an extremely in depth and usefull guide - personally i just make a folder in my documents and keep multiple .minecraft folders for each update / modpack i use. Quick n easy XD
Thanks Vegnagun1. I like doing it this way because it keeps everything organised and easy to access. Hopefully it will still be useful to some even though there are some simpler ways of doing it, for sure! :smile.gif:
Or an even more simple way
Rename .jar file to something other than minecraft
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