How to Download and Play Star Wars Galaxies in 2023
Star Wars Galaxies was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was released in 2003 and shut down in 2011. It was set in the Star Wars universe and allowed players to create their own characters, choose from eight races and six professions, and explore various planets and star systems. The game also featured a complex skill system, a player-driven economy, and a dynamic faction system that let players join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire.
Although the official servers are no longer available, there are still ways to download and play Star Wars Galaxies in 2023. In this article, we will show you how to get the game files, install them on your computer, and join one of the fan-run servers that are keeping the game alive.
Step 1: Get the Game Files
The first thing you need to do is to get the game files for Star Wars Galaxies. There are two main sources for this: My Abandonware and Internet Archive. My Abandonware is a website that offers free downloads of old games that are no longer supported by their developers or publishers. Internet Archive is a digital library that preserves various forms of media, including software.
On My Abandonware, you can find the original version of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided[^1^], which was released in 2003. This version does not include any of the expansions or updates that were added later. To download it, you need to click on the \"Download 1.7 GB\" button and then follow the instructions on the next page.
On Internet Archive, you can find Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience[^2^], which was released in 2005 and includes the first two expansions: Jump to Lightspeed and Rage of the Wookiees. This version also includes some of the updates that were made before the game was drastically changed by the New Game Enhancements (NGE) patch in 2005. To download it, you need to click on one of the \"ISO IMAGE\" links under \"Download Options\" and then save the file to your computer.
Alternatively, you can also find other versions of Star Wars Galaxies on Internet Archive[^3^] [^4^], such as Star Wars Galaxies: Starter Kit (2006), which includes the NGE patch and the third expansion: Trials of Obi-Wan. However, these versions may not be compatible with some of the fan-run servers that we will discuss later.
Step 2: Install the Game Files
Once you have downloaded the game files, you need to install them on your computer. To do this, you need a program that can mount or extract ISO files, such as WinRAR or Daemon Tools. ISO files are disc images that contain all the data from a CD or DVD.
If you downloaded Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided from My Abandonware, you will have two ISO files: GALAXIES1.iso and GALAXIES2.iso. You need to mount or extract both of them to access their contents. Then, you need to run setup.exe from GALAXIES1.iso and follow the installation wizard. When prompted, enter one of these serial numbers:
If you downloaded Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience from Internet Archive, you will have one ISO file: SWG_TTE.iso. You need to mount or extract it to access its contents. Then, you need to run setup.exe and follow the installation wizard. When prompted, enter this serial number: