First of all let me say, updating this game has always been a painful experience for me compared to any other game I've played, so slow and inefficient, hours upon hours of downtime for every little update/maintenance is simply ridiculous. IMO, I believe this system of updating was deliberately implemented to keep people paying, while not playing.
People in charge of this task, really need to take a page out of Guild Wars 2 (game I've been playing since release) in the way they update their game. It's so painless compared to Lotro, you cannot even compare them. For eg: in gw2 you get a message: a new build is available, please exit to update your game. So you log out and a few minutes later (depending on the size of the patch) you're back in the game. Most I've waited for game to update has been about 15-20 minutes and this is for their big patches. 99% of the time, the servers do not shut down for maintenance either and if they ever do, it's 1 hour at most.
Now we come back to Lotro, in particular patch 11. The most painful experience ever! I, like many others could not patch the game and after much frustration I, like many others, decided to reinstall the game. However, I did not have to re-download the game (or so I thought), since I had a back up copy that was about a month and half old. I changed my OS at that time from Vista to Win7 and after the changeover, I installed the game, patched it and it all worked fine until patch 11.
Well, it was the worst decision I made. The patching process was like watching grass grow...it was that slow. It literally took 3 days to finally finish. This is simply absurd in anyone's book. And it seems all that d/loading was a waste of time and my d/load limit. I'm so upset you have no idea.
After finally getting up the log in screen, I log in, select the world I played on, hit play, but instead of loading me into the game, it opens up my file browser and a message at the top says: Where is the Game Client Executable? I'm like freaking out, wth now!
And this is where I'm at. I have no idea where the executable is or why it's missing. I used exactly the same backup as I did after upgrading my OS and my backup files haven't been changed.
Does anyone have any idea what may have happened here? And even more importantly, how do I get the game client exe without having to re-download the entire game again? If I have to d/load the game again, I'm afraid it's goodbye to Lotro. This isn't worth the pain or time and effort. Anyway, any help or advice would be much appreciated.