When you are trying to log in to your character in World of Warcraft, you may receive an error message saying: A character with the same name already exists. In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard introduces several effective solutions to this issue. If you have no clue how to fix this issue, you can read this post.

World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the most popular MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) that was released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2004. It’s a big success and brings players lots of fun.

Unfortunately, WoW may randomly trouble you with unexpected issues. For instance, you are likely to face the “WoW a character with that name already exists” issue when your character is not properly logged out from the server. To help you solve this issue, this post summarizes a couple of feasible solutions below. You can have a try.


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Solution 1: Log in with Another Character

If you have a different account, you can try to repair the “World of Warcraft a character with that name already exists” issue. Many players report they fix this issue with this method.

To execute this operation, you need to log in to WoW with another character and then log fully out of this game. After that, relaunch this game and try logging in with the problematic character to see if the error is resolved.

Solution 2: Check Your Internet Connection

The “a character with that name already exists WoW” issue may show up due to a poor or unstable Internet connection. Therefore, after you encounter this issue, you should check your Internet connection to see if it is the cause. It’s recommended that you restart your router and modem to improve your network quality.

If your Internet connection is great but the issue persists, you should go on with other solutions.

Solution 3: Reset the WoW User Interface

When you are facing the “World of Warcraft a character with that name already exists” issue, another way you can try is to reset the WoW user interface. To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Close World of Warcraft completely.

Step 2: If you have any add-on managers (like Ajour, InstaWoW, and so on), you should uninstall them so that the add-ons you have removed won’t be re-added.

Step 3: Open the Battle.net desktop app and select WoW from the game list.

Step 4: Click the Options icon and select Show in Explorer.

Step 5: Open the World of Warcraft folder and then open the folder for your game version.

Step 6: Rename the Cache, Interface, and WTF folders to CacheOld, InterfaceOld, and WTFOld.

Step 7: Once done, relaunch WoW to check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 4: Reinstall WoW

The “WoW Classic a character with that name already exists” issue may occur if there is something wrong with the game installation. In this case, you ought to uninstall this game and then reinstall it.

Step 1: Open the Run dialog and type appwiz.cpl in the text box. Then press Enter.

Step 2: In the Uninstall or change a program window, right-click WoW and select Uninstall to remove this game.

Step 3: After you uninstall WoW successfully, install it back from the game launcher.

Solution 5: Wait for 30 Minutes

The game servers will automatically remove the character due to inactivity every 30 minutes.  Therefore, if you don’t want to do any advanced operation to fix the “WoW Classic a character with that name already exists” issue, you can just wait for 30 minutes. That may work.

Solution 6: Contact Support

When you run into the “a character with that name already exists WoW” issue, you can also contact Blizzard’s Support. By doing so, you can always get some technological troubleshooting fixes.

Are you bothered by the “WoW a character with that name already exists” issue? If so, try the above solutions to fix it. If you have any problems with this issue, you can leave a message in the following comment part.

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