Minecraft 1.6.4 and 1.6.2, dubbed the “Horse Update”, added a bunch of new features into the game, but one of the main things that really pops out is that Minecraft’s system has been completely reworked. Instead of going into the “bin” folder to install mods, you will now have to do other things, such as opening other folders and whatnot. Well anyways, it’s easier to show the method, rather than talking about it. Without further ado, here’s the steps.
Note: These steps only need to be done once. If you already have, and would like to know how to actually install mods, go on ahead and jump to the “Mod Installation Steps” portion of this guide (You can do so by clicking the link).
Step 1: Start with a free copy of Minecraft 1.6.4 and 1.6.2. You can do this by creating a new profile with the following parameters:
Please note that the name can be anything. I just chose this name for documentation purposes. Press play to download a fresh copy of Minecraft 1.6.4 and 1.6.2. Close the game and the launcher after that.
Step 2: Navigate to your .minecraft folder. On Windows machines, you can do this by typing %appdata% in the navigation bar in Windows Explorer. After that, go into .minecraft. If you don’t see it, go into the roaming folder first.
Please note that “BlueOrchard” is my PC’s name. Your PC’s name will be different from mine.
Step 3: Navigate into the “versions” folder, and choose the most recent version of Minecraft, or the version of Minecraft that you wish to modify.
Step 4: Open up the folder, select all the contents in that folder, and select “copy”.
Note: We can’t actually show that we selected copy because our screenshot program doesn’t allow it.
Step 5: After that, make a new folder called “1.X.Xmodified”. Note: this can be called anything. We just decided to use this for organizational purposes.
Note: This name is incredibly important. You will use it several times, so be sure it’s something you can remember.
Step 6: Open the folder and select “paste” in order to paste the files you copied back in Step 4.
Step 7: Rename both of the files to the same name as that of the folder.
Step 8: Now comes the tricky part. Open the .json file with a notepad program. We at Minecraft Modding recommend using Notepad++. After that, find the line with the “id” line. It should be the first one. Rename the id to the same ID as your folder’s name. Remember, we want consistency.
Protip: Don’t forget to save. I forget at times, so I don’t want you to suffer the same fate.
The Hard Part is Now Over
Congratulations! You just completed the hard part of installing mods! Not hard at all, am I right? Now for the actual installation part. don’t worry, you won’t have to use Notepad++ again, so you can put that thought to rest. In fact, you will not have to do the items above any more after the first time, unless you decide to update Minecraft, or if you somehow break your installation through installing mods that are incompatible, or anything else of that sort.
Mod Installation Steps
For this guide, we will install the popular mod loader, Modloader (yes, we really couldn’t think of any other way to explain the mod, sadly). Anyways, the instructions should be the same for most mods throughout, including Minecraft Forge as well.
Step 1: Right click the .jar file in the folder you created, and open with either WinRAR or 7zip. I personally use WinRAR, but 7zip does the job just as well, if not better.
Step 2: Delete META-INF from the .jar file. I can not stress this enough. You can not skip this step. Doing so will render mods useless, and you could also risk a chance of breaking your installation, meaning that you will have to start all over.
Now since that’s out of the way, move the window out of the way, but don’t minimize it, as you will need it again in a second.
Step 3: Extract the mod you downloaded. Most mods come in a zip file, and some come in a RAR file. be sure to extract this folder.
Step 4: Open the folder, and drag ALL of the contents into the WinRAR or 7zip window.
After that, close everything and open Minecraft again.
Step 5: In the Minecraft launcher, click “edit profile”, and change the “use version” dropdown to the jar file you installed the mod in.
Click “save profile” and press play. Your mod should now be installed! Do these steps for all the mods you would like to install.