How To Install The Minecraft Beta 1.8 Pre-release

With Jens releasing the Minecraft Beta 1.8 Pre-release to so called expert users many have been left wondering how they can also try out the new content. Here’s a quick guide of how to install the 1.8 pre-release on Windows.

Three things to note are you do not need to delete your current worlds this is an option, this version is extremely buggy and glitched so will occasionally crash and finally will only work on a legitimate Minecraft copy not a pirated version.

1)      Download the Client Minecraft.jar file. If you don’t already have it downloaded here’s the link minecraft.jar (if you would also like the server jar it’s located at minecraft_server.jar)

2)      Open the Windows start menu. Window 7 and Vista owners type into the search bar ‘%appdata%’. XP owners do this through ‘Run’.

3)      Locate and open the ‘.minecraft’ folder

4)      Go into the ‘bin’ folder where the Minecraft.jar file is located

5)      Replace the existing Minecraft.jar file with the newly downloaded version.

6)      Close the folder down and run Minecraft. You will not see a difference at in the Minecraft Launcher program until the new Mojang logo appears.

7)      Enjoy Minecraft Beta 1.8 Pre-Release!

I Hope this helped you get the Minecraft Beta 1.8 Pre-release as it is great fun to play. Comment below your opinions on the new content but don’t forget to let the team at Mojang know of any currently unfound bugs!

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18 Comments

  1. Joshua Bjorge
    September 13, 2011, 1:12 PM

    Will this work for Mac OS X Lion?

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  2. spike
    September 13, 2011, 2:12 PM

    when you put coal in a furnace it saves and logs off

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  3. Oliver East
    September 13, 2011, 2:41 PM

    new version out which should fix it if not use charcoal

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  4. Oliver East
    September 13, 2011, 2:41 PM

    it should do but back up 1.7 jar file in case :)

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  5. max
    September 13, 2011, 6:21 PM

    it doesnt work on macosx tiger

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  6. Woofsime
    September 13, 2011, 6:45 PM

    it doesn’t work it just sits there and says done loading.

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  7. Brocky Boi
    September 13, 2011, 6:47 PM

    Hey, I’m trying desperately to download it, but every time I click on it, it says, “Failed to load Main-Class manifest attribute from C:/Users/Brocky/Downloads/minecraft(#).jar
    I really don’t know that much about computers, but if you can help me, please send me an email at brocksoicher@msn.com

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  8. LOL
    September 13, 2011, 7:08 PM

    how it says minecraft.jar could not load main

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  9. Oliver East
    September 13, 2011, 7:15 PM

    what has done loading the download link or the mc launcher?

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  10. Oliver East
    September 13, 2011, 7:17 PM

    if the minecraft.jar file says minecraft(#).jar rename it without the (#) and it should load fine otherwise try deleteing the minecraft.jar file then re-downloading it

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  11. Zman507
    September 13, 2011, 7:34 PM

    When I launch minecraft with the new jar file it just says done loading and sits there at the load page help please

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  12. S. Dent
    September 13, 2011, 7:56 PM

    Did all you said a gazillion times. Acts like it’s going to launch then just sits there with a black screen. Really? What’s up with that?

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  13. tate
    September 13, 2011, 8:28 PM

    i have tried to download this on two computers on both it starts loading but right at the end it stops and the bar does not increase why ?????

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  14. tate
    September 13, 2011, 9:10 PM

    same thing happnen to me

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  15. helpfull mexican
    September 13, 2011, 10:34 PM

    HELP:

    for anyone saying it says ‘DONE LOADING’
    -i had the same problem
    -type in %appdata%
    -go to your .minecraft
    -OPEN IT
    -DELETE EVERYTHING (or save it somewere else, folder etc)
    then open the minecraft launcher, it should redownload.
    -then follow the steps .

    Ps: name the minecraft.jar your putting in so it doesnt have (1) or (2) etc. idk if you need to but i did.

    HOPE IT HELPS!

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  16. Datwerd
    September 14, 2011, 1:02 AM

    Coal Problem Fixed! new blocks! Cooked porkchop texture changed! Chunks loading slower than before:( no new bugs ive noticed yet just alot of fixes :) i hope release version will be ready soon my server users are getting quite restless!

    to those who are having problems… if all else fails delete your minecraft, download the 1.7 launcher, let it update replace the minecraft.jar found in /.minecraft/bin/ with the one downloaded from here! and it WILL work

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  17. fletcho1234
    September 14, 2011, 2:57 AM

    mine does not work???????

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  18. bob furd
    September 15, 2011, 2:18 AM

    i updated beta to 1.8 but it crashes every time i try to log in. is there something im missing?

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