Like Blizzard Entertainment's other games, "Diablo 2" has been regularly patched since its release, including after the release of its expansion set (and 1.07 patch) "Lord of Destruction." While the latest patch is available from Blizzard's site or from logging into the Battle.net gaming service, installing older patches is a bit tricker -- especially if your "Diablo 2" installation is already upgraded beyond them. Blizzard does, however, maintain a library of old patches. There are two ways to roll your installation back to its beginning in preparation for installing them.
Rolling Back Installation
You'll first have to restore your game to its original version before installing a patch. First, try this way: follow one of the two links in "Resources" to Blizzard Entertainment's FTP directory for "Diablo 2 patches" -- either for the original game or for the "Lord of Destruction" expansion set, depending on which you have. Within either directory, you'll have to click either "Mac" or "PC" depending on your operating system. Download the "game" or "game-Lod" zip file, unpack it when it's downloaded, and extract the EXE file it contains into your "Diablo 2" directory. Overwrite the EXE of the same name. Then follow the instructions in the next section. If you experience problems, remove your "Diablo 2" installation completely and reinstall it from your CDs, then install a patch from the next section.
Installing the Patch
Download whichever patch you want from Blizzard's FTP site, linked in "Resources." Patches that predate the "Lord of Destruction" expansion are in the "diablo2" directory. If you've installed the expansion, you are irrevocably patched to version 1.07, but can install any patch later than that from the "diablo2exp" directory. Download the EXE file corresponding to the patch you want to install and double click it. Follow the on-screen instructions to apply the patch.
Remember that logging on to Battle.net -- Blizzard's online multiplayer service -- will automatically update your "Diablo 2" installation to the latest version. To play with other people online, every player in the game must have the same version. There is no way to bypass Battle.net's version check. You can, however, play over a local area network with other players who have the same version as you. Make sure you follow this procedure and install the same patch for everyone who wants to join the LAN game.
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