Updated: 12/10/2023 by Computer Hope

WOW may refer to any of the following:

World of Warcraft logo

1. Short for World of Warcraft, WoW is an MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released on November 23, 2004.


World of Warcraft was featured as a top term of 2005.

Is World of Warcraft free to play?

World of Warcraft is free to play up to level 20. Getting to a higher level requires a monthly subscription fee between $12.99 and $14.99.

What are the WoW system requirements?

World of Warcraft can be played on a PC or a Mac that meets the following system requirements as of 2023. However, realize WoW is a live service game constantly evolving and that the system requirements also change.


WoW is an online game that requires a broadband Internet connection.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: 4 Cores, 3.0 GHz processor
4th Generation Intel
Core Haswell
AMD Ryzen Zen
Memory: 8 GB of RAM (random-access memory)
Graphics Card: 1280 x 720 minimum resolution
DirectX 12 capable
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900
AMD GCN 4th gen
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Hard Drive Space: 128 GB of hard drive space.
Recommend SSD (solid-state drive).
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse

What happens if you cancel your WoW subscription?

Once your subscription ends, your account becomes inactive, and you cannot play any of your characters higher than level 20. However, none of your characters or the items they have are deleted. If you decide to come back and start paying for a WoW subscription again, all of your characters can continue being played again.

What is the latest WoW expansion pack?

There are nine World of Warcraft expansion packs. The latest WoW expansion pack is called Dragonflight, released on November 28, 2022.

Is World of Warcraft addictive?

Yes. Many players consider the game World of Warcraft addictive for many different reasons. See our computer addiction page for further information and help with addiction.

2. Short for Windows on Windows, WOW is used with Microsoft Windows to keep track of each 16-bit, 32-bit, or 64-bit DLL (dynamic-link library) loaded by 16-bit applications. If those applications happen to crash, WOW determines if the associated DLL files should be unloaded.

3. When describing a computer, the WOW! Computer is a specialized computer from firstSTREET designed for seniors. The computer uses Tiny Core Linux on a touch screen monitor with custom software to perform tasks like e-mail, gaming, watching videos, and chatting easily.

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