Error 132, Fix error 132 Windows 7 and 8
World of Warcraft (WoW) may fail to launch and instantly show fatal error 132 in Windows 7. This error can be caused by many things depending your system configurations and what changes you have made to your computer. Please try the following steps one by one until the error code 132 is completely fixed in Windows 7, Vista and XP WoW.
- Diagnose the Computer Memory
- Reset User Interface (UI) Files, Cache and WTF
- Execute Repair Tool
- Fix System Registry
- Update Graphics & Sound Drivers
- Identify Bad Errors in your Hard Disk
- Exclude Launcher from Data Execution Prevention
- Disable Antivirus/ Firewall
- Delete Temporary Files stored on your Hard Disk
- Prevent Processor Overheating
Diagnose the Computer Memorye
Problems with the computer memory (RAM) can also cause error#132. Check out whether there are any issues with your RAM or not. You'll have to perform diagnosis including comprehensive set of memory tests which may take some time. Follow the steps given below:
Reset User Interface (UI) Files, Cache and WTF
In the World of Warcraft game folder, there are User Interface (UI) configurations, game cache and WoW Temporary Files (WTF). Error 132 World of Warcraft may arise if some of these are corrupted. You have to reset them as shown below:
- Right click World of Warcraft desktop shortcut.
- Select Properties.
- In the File Properties dialog, click Open File Location button under Shortcut tab.
- The target path will open where the game is stored.
- Delete the folders namely Cache, Interface and WTF.
Note: If you are getting problems delete the said folders, open C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\World of Warcraft\ and delete the above folders from there.
Execute Repair Tool
Fortunately, there is a Repair Tool provided by World of Warcraft itself. It is stored in the game files. Open it and follow the on screen instructions to solve error#132 Windows.
- Click Start, select Run. Or press Windows Key + R.
- Type the following file path and press ENTER:
C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Repair.exe
Note: If the repair tool is not found in the above directory, then try this path: C:\\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Repair.exe
Fix System Registry
Most game settings and relevant information used by World of Warcraft is stored in your registry. You are getting Windows error 132 World of Warcraft because the registry is improperly modified and there is a need to recover previous changes.
- Download a Registry Scanner.
- Start a full scan.
- Attempt to fix the errors as soon as they are found.
Update Graphics & Sound Drivers
Your graphics and sound drivers can be out-of-date that is why error#132 Windows 7 is shown. The latest versions of drivers are generally available on the manufacturer's website. You'll have to know the Model Number of that particular device and take all precautions in order to complete the update process properly.
How do I know my Video Card Details and the Driver Version?
- Click Start, Run. Type DxDiag and press ENTER.
- Click the Display tab and you'll get all the details.
Identify Bad Sectors in your Hard Disk
If you have been experiencing error# 132, then you must check your hard disk for errors and bad sectors. Use the built-in Disk CheckUp tool as below:
- Open My Computer.
- Right click the drive (Example: C) where World of Warcraft is installed. Select Properties.
- In the Drive Properties dialog, click Tools tab.
- Click Check Now button under Error-Checking frame.
- A prompt will appear on your screen. Mark the box named Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Then click Start button to begin.
Exclude Launcher from Data Execution Prevention
Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security measure introduced in Windows Vista and later operating systems. It sometimes make problem with the running programs and games thus lead several errors. Exclude World of Warcraft launcher file from the DEP to fix it completely.
- Click Start, right click My Computer.
- Select Properties.
- On the left hand side, click Advanced System Settings.
- As default, Advanced tab would be opened. Click Settings from the first Performance frame.
- In the new parent dialog, click Data Execution Prevention tab.
- There are two options available. Select the second option namely Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select.
- Click Browse, add C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\WoW.exe and click Open.
- Click OK | OK | Close.
Disable Antivirus/ Firewall
Are you keeping your antivirus and firewall protections on while playing WoW? You shouldn't have to. Disable them and re-start the game for fixing error# 132.
- Right click the system tray icon of your antivirus and select Disable Protection or similar option.
- Click Start, select Control Panel.
- Click System and Security | Windows Firewall | Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.
- Turn it off and click OK.
Delete Temporary Files Stored on your Hard Disk
Several temporary files are stored in different locations. Because of corrupted contents of these temporary locations, the chances of getting error 132 Windows increase. Load Disk CleanUp and delete all your temporary files:
- Click Start, point to All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk CleanUp.
- Select the drive where WoW is installed, say C drive.
- Click OK and just follow the instructions.
Prevent Processor Overheating
Instability may be experienced while playing World of Warcraft if your computer/ laptop is overheating a lot and severe loss in the frame rates is experienced. Restart your computer and see the CPU temperature using the CMOS Settings.
- Restart the computer.
- Press F2 or Delete for 4-5 times.
- Select Standard CMOS Features and press ENTER. Thereafter selecting the last option, you'll see the exact CPU Temperature.
- If you found that your CPU is overheating, then clean the fans and remove dust. For laptop users, I suggest purchasing a laptop cooling pad which really works.