COSMOS All Your Interface Are Belongs To Us A beginners guide to installing, updating and deleting the Cosmos User Interface. (Tyhe – CheapAssClan Member – March 29th, 2005) The Cosmos User Interface (Cosmos UI) is a custom user interface for World of Warcraft (WoW). It enables you to add/change certain parts of your WoW GUI. It also causes a lot of headaches, because everytime you think you have it all figured out, and all things setup the way you want it, Blizzard comes out with an update that will mess it all up for you. After spending several hours on the web, looking for ways to mend my Cosmos, and finally succeeding, I figured some people might find the info I retrieved useful. Please note that I am not in any part related to Cosmos or WoW and that this info might be outdated the minute I write it down. If you would like to discuss the tutorial, you can visit the CheapAssClan website and post on our forum. Installing Cosmos Installing Cosmos is very easy to do. To download Cosmos, go here: http://cosmosui.org/cosmos/ You will see several files, of which you only need to download one. You can either download the Cosmos_Alpha.zip or Cosmos_Release.zip. The Cosmos_Release.zip is the file you will usually get. It holds the latest release of Cosmos and has fewest bugs in it. The Cosmos_Alpha.zip is a file that has the latest changes to Cosmos in it. As the name indicates, it’s not fully tested and approved yet, so you might encouter some bugs. The reason I mention this file, is, as it has the latest changes in it, you will probably have the least trouble getting it to work. However, you might get the occassional ingame error, when something goes wrong. After downloading the zip file, extract it to a location of your preference. Within the file there are 2 files (Cosmos.exe & Cosmos.txt) and a directory (Interface). You need to move these files into your World of Warcraft main directory. The Interface directory is where all your modifications (mods) will be located. If there already is an Interface directory, you may want to back that up first. In theory, after placing the files and directory into your main WoW directory, you should be ready to use Cosmos. There is one other thing you have to do, since the last update. Blizzard has now added a button in the Charactar selection screen on the bottom left, called Modifications. After putting the files into your directory, run the game, and click on this button. You will see a list of all the modifications you have installed and can enable/disable them here. If you check here for the first time, you will see that all mods are disabled, so you need to enable them to see them ingame. If you then enter the WoW-world, there should be an extra (bleuish) icon on the ring of your mini-map. If there isn’t, you either did something wrong, need to update (read below) or have encountered an error which I didn’t address, in which case you should check out the Cosmos Support Forum. Updating Comsos After “installing” Cosmos you might find that it still does not appear ingame, or that WoW tells you your mods are outdated (this usually happens after a patch). In that case, you need to update your Cosmos and mods. Updating Cosmos is easy. Just click on the cosmos.exe file that you have placed into your WoW main directory. After you do this, you will see Cosmos update itself and change/get/delete files. Please note 1/3: If you have custom mods installed (in other words, moved them into your Interface directory) you DO NOT want Cosmos to update them. Because to Cosmos they are not needed files and they will be cleaned up (deleted). To prevent this from happing, you have to create a separate (empty) directory in your Interface directory for every custom mod, that has “.nopatch” at the end of it. So if you have moved, let’s say, the AdvancedBags mod into your Interface directory, you would have to make another directory, called AdvancedBags.nopatch. This will tell Cosmos to leave the AdvancedBags directory alone. Please note 2/3: Usually after a patch, the default settings for the latest Cosmos release aren’t setup right anymore. What you need to do, is click the configure button and change the Selected Cosmos Distribution. If it’s set to Release change it to Alpha (if release wasn’t working for you) and if you had Alpha, change it to Release). Please note 3/3: After doing all this, your regular Cosmos will probaly work, however for those of you who have custom mods installed, there is another thing to know. Since Cosmos isn’t touching the custom mods, they are not updated in the regular Cosmos update. So you need to do that “manually”. The thing is that every mod (directory) in your Interface folder contains files which have the current WoW version number in them. If the number if the files and the version of your WoW don’t match, the mod won’t work. To update these numbers all by hand would be a pain, so there is a little application that can help you with that. You can download it here: http://www.curse-gaming.com/mod.php?addid=216 (You can also find many custom mods for WoW here.) This small application, called WoWToc.exe, will update all version numbers for you. The only thing you have to do is figure out what the current versino number is. After a patch this is usually posted on the Cosmos website in the support forum. (There are more applications out there that can do this. I don’t know if they are better/worse, but I used this one, so that’s the one I can tell you about.) Now run the application and then check the “Custom UI version”. This will enable you to enter the current version number in the “Interface version” box (the current version number is 1300, but this will change as soon as Blizzard patches the game). Now click the Modify button. It will update all the version numbers to the number you have entered. You should now be totally ready to play. If it still isn’t working for you, I’m afraid you will have to try your luck on the Cosmos Support Forum. Deleting Cosmos WoW, finally something easy! Deleting Cosmos is the easiest part of using it. All you have to do, is delete the Interface directory from your World of Warcraft directory and you are done! Please make a backup before doing so, however, because you just simply never know… Well that’s it… hope someone finds it useful!