Installation Guide [with Pictures!]

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Spyro

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(Originally posted by Comet)

There are several ways of installing AriesMS depending on what files you may have. Please do take a look at the options and choose which method you would prefer. Please also make sure you take a look at the requirements to play Aries.

Requirements
  • Add the MS folder as an exclusion to your antivirus.
  • Add both Aries.exe and MapleStory.exe files as an exception to your firewall.
  • Install Visual C++ 2015 86x. You must download 86x, no matter what bit your computer is. You may find Visual C++ HERE or on the AriesMS downloads page.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1.
  • It is also recommended to have Windows 7 or higher.
  • It is also recommended to use WinRAR to unzip .rar files.
Installation Methods

Please note that this method requires a Nexon account and access to Nexon Launcher. If you are region-blocked, please use the Elluel Client method.

  1. Head to the 'Download' page on the Official Site.
  2. Once there, click on the image labeled 'MapleStory' and download the Nexon Launcher Setup.
  3. After you have downloaded the Nexon Launcher Setup, navigate to the area you downloaded the setup to and install the Nexon Launcher.
  4. After downloading and setting up the Nexon Launcher, open the Nexon Launcher (if it is not open yet) and sign in with your Nexon account. If you do not have a Nexon account, you can create one at the Nexon Site or choose a different installation option.
  5. After signing in, click on 'All Games' and click on the MapleStory picture. Once clicked, the background will change. After the background has changed, click on 'Game Page' and the program will change once more to a page about Maplestory only. After the page has changed, click download and install the game.
  6. Take note of where you installed the game, as you will need to access this folder later. This is usually the default location it is installed in, but you can choose to install it wherever you would like.
  7. Once the game has been downloaded and installed, make your way to the area where you installed MapleStory. Once there, you should find two folders 'appdata' and 'patchdata'. You may have to go through more or fewer folders depending on where you installed the game.
  8. Open up 'appdata' and you should find a folder full of .wz and a BlackCipher folder.
  9. After you have extracted the folder, navigate back to the Official Site and head to the downloads page. Click on the "Elluel Client" button and download the Aries Client. You will be directed to a Mega page. The file name should be called 'Aries', and in order to download it, you need to click on 'download through browser'. You may choose to install this file wherever you choose.
  10. After downloading the client, navigate to the area where you downloaded it and extract the Aries client from the .rar file. It is recommended to use WinRAR.
  11. After you have extracted the client, move it into the folder where you downloaded MapleStory.
  12. Once the client is within the MapleStory folder, right-click the Aries client and 'run as administrator'.
  13. You should see a splash image with 'AriesMS' on it load, but it may take a while to load. If you want to make sure the game has opened, you can open your task manager and look for 'MapleStory.exe'. If it is there, that means it is running, but it may be very slow, if not try running the game again and double check that you meet all the requirements stated above or check out the troubleshooting section.
  14. You will then see the login client for AriesMS. This is where you put in your account information for AriesMS. You can make an account on the Registration Page on the main site.
  15. Then shortly after, another image should appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. It should say 'Nexon Game Security'.
  16. After that, the game should open and you should be met with an opening video sequence. You can skip this video by pressing 'ESC' on your keyboard or double 'left click' on the screen. After that, you should be met with the login screen and you can start playing!
  17. If the game did not open or is not working, check out the 'Requirements' spoiler tab above. If you have met the requirements, then check out the Troubleshooting Guide.

Head to the 'Download' page on the Official Site.
Once there, click on the image labeled 'MapleStory' and download the Nexon Launcher Setup.


After you have downloaded the Nexon Launcher Setup, navigate to the area you downloaded the setup to and install the Nexon Launcher.


After downloading and setting up the Nexon Launcher, open the Nexon Launcher (if it is not open yet) and sign in with your Nexon account. If you do not have a Nexon account, you can create one at the Nexon Site or choose a different installation option.


After signing in, click on 'All Games' and click on the MapleStory image. Once clicked, the background will change. After the background has changed, click on 'Game Page' and the program will change once more to a page about MapleStory only. After the page has changed, click download and install the game.


Take note of where you installed the game, as you will need to access this folder later. This is usually the default location it is installed in, but you can choose to install it wherever you would like. Take note that the image below is from version 175, meaning the size of MapleStory could have changed.


Once the game has been downloaded and installed, make your way to the area where you installed Maplestory. Once there, you should find two folders 'appdata' and 'patchdata'. You may have to go through more or fewer folders depending on where you installed the game.



Open up 'appdata' and you should find a folder full of .wz and a BlackCipher folder. Please note that the image below is from version 175, so files may or may not have been changed, edited or added, but it gives you a general idea of what you get.


After you have found and opened the folder, navigate back to the Official Site and head to the downloads page. This time, click on the "Elluel Client" button and download the Aries Client. You will be directed to a MEGA page. The file name should be called 'Aries', and in order to download it, you need to click on 'download through browser'. You may choose to install this file wherever you choose.



After downloading the client, navigate to the area where you downloaded it and extract the Aries client from the .rar file. It is recommended to use WinRAR.


After you have extracted the client, move it into the folder where you downloaded MapleStory.


Once the client is within the MapleStory folder, right-click the Aries client and 'Run as Administrator'.


You should see a splash image with 'AriesMS' on it load, but it may take a while to load. If you want to make sure the game has opened, you can open your task manager and look for 'MapleStory.exe'. If it is there, that means it is running, but it may be very slow, if not try running the game again and double check that you meet all the requirements stated above or check out the Troubleshooting Guide.


You will then see the login client for AriesMS. This is where you put in your account information for AriesMS. You can make an account on the Registration Page on the main site.


Then shortly after, another image should appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. It should say 'Nexon Game Security'.

After that, the game should open and you should be met with an opening video sequence. You can skip this video by pressing 'ESC' on your keyboard or double 'left click' on the screen. After that, you should be met with the login screen and you can start playing!


If the game did not open or is not working, check out the 'Requirements' above. If you have met the requirements, then check out the Troubleshooting Guide.

  1. Head to the 'Download' page on the Official Site.
  2. Once there, click on the image labeled 'Elluel Client' and download the Aries.zip File.
  3. Extract the file in an empty folder, then run the file.
  4. Once a pop-up shows, saying "No MapleStory.exe was found, would you like to install MapleStory now?", click 'Yes'.
  5. Another pop-up will show, saying "Select the location you want MapleStory installed to.", click 'OK'.
  6. Click on the folder and/or file path you wish to install the game files in, then click 'OK'.
  7. The Aries Updater will open, then click 'Start Update'. [Note: The bar is not loading, just click the option]
  8. The Aries Updater will begin installing the relevant version files that AriesMS is currently using.
  9. Whilst installing is in progress, DO NOT cancel, close the Updater or modify any files within the folder. Any interference will disrupt the process and/or corrupt your files, where you may have to restart the download/install process all over.
  10. Once it is complete, the Aries Updater will close and you will have all the files in their correct places.
  11. Do ensure that you have installed the relevant programs and/or have made the relevant exclusions to run AriesMS, you may refer to the Troubleshooting Guide for more details.
  12. Once done, run Aries.exe and play.
Head to the 'Download' page on the Official Site.


Look for the Elluel Client, and select the 'Download' option.


Select the 'Download' option, and download it in an empty folder.
NOTE:
  • There is no need to enable the option to 'Download using the MEGA desktop app, just download normally.
  • If the file gets deleted and or states 'Download Failed', disable Safe Browsing (for Chrome) and Real-Time Protection (for Windows 10).



Extract the Aries.zip file in the folder by selecting 'Extract Here'.


Run the Aries.exe file by double-clicking it.


The following pop-up should appear. Select 'Yes'.


It will proceed to prompt you on the location you wish to download the files in. Select 'OK'.


Click on the folder you wish to download the files in, then click 'OK'.


The Aries Updater will launch. Select 'Start Update'.
NOTE: The progress bar is not loading, just ignore it.


The installation will then begin. It is strongly advised NOT to cancel, terminate the Updater, or modify any of the files being downloaded as interference with the process will corrupt the files and you may have to start over.


Allow the installation to complete, and you will have your files in the folder.


Ensure that you have downloaded the relevant programs required to run AriesMS as well as made the exclusions for antivirus/Windows Defender.

After doing so, double-click Aries.exe to Play.

  1. If you already have GMS installed, navigate to the area you downloaded MapleStory and you should see a folder there. Open the folder and you should be greeted with several .wz files, a BlackCipher folder, MapleStory.exe and other things.
  2. Navigate back to the Official Site and head to the downloads page. Click on the "Elluel Client" button and download the Aries Client. You will be directed to a Mega page. The file name should be called 'Aries', and in order to download it, you need to click on 'download through browser'. You may choose to install this file wherever you choose.
  3. After downloading the client, navigate to the area where you downloaded it and extract the Aries client from the .rar file. It is recommended to use WinRAR.
  4. After you have extracted the client, move it into the folder where you downloaded MapleStory.
  5. Once the client is within the MapleStory folder, right-click the Aries client and 'run as administrator'.
  6. You should see a splash image with 'AriesMS' on it load, but it may take a while to load. If you want to make sure the game has opened, you can open your task manager and look for 'MapleStory.exe'. If it is there, that means it is running, but it may be very slow, if not try running the game again and double check that you meet all the requirements stated above or check out the troubleshooting section.
  7. You will then see the login client for AriesMS. This is where you put in your account information for AriesMS. You can make an account on the Registration Page on the main site.
  8. Then shortly after, another image should appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. It should say 'Nexon Game Security'.
  9. After that, the game should open and you should be met with an opening video sequence. You can skip this video by pressing 'ESC' on your keyboard or double 'left click' on the screen. After that, you should be met with the login screen and you can start playing!
  10. If the game did not open or is not working, check out the 'Requirements' spoiler tab above. If you have met the requirements, then check out the 'Troubleshooting' Guide

If you already have GMS installed, navigate to the area you downloaded MapleStory and you should see a folder there. Open the folder and you should be greeted with several .wz files, a BlackCipher folder, MapleStory.exe and other things.


After you have found and opened the folder, navigate back to the Official Site and head to the Download page. This time, click on the "Elluel Client" button and download the Aries Client. You will be directed to a Mega page. The file name should be called 'Aries', and in order to download it, you need to click on 'download through browser'. You may choose to install this file wherever you prefer.




After downloading the client, navigate to the area where you downloaded it and extract the Aries client from the .rar file. It is recommended to use WinRAR.


After you have extracted the client, move it into the folder where you downloaded MapleStory.


Once the client is within the Maplestory folder, right-click the Aries client and 'Run as Administrator'.


You should see a splash image with 'AriesMS' on it load, but it may take a while to load. If you want to make sure the game has opened, you can open your task manager and look for 'MapleStory.exe'. If it is there, that means it is running, but it may be very slow, if not try running the game again and double check that you meet all the requirements stated above or check out the Troubleshooting Guide.


You will then see the login client for AriesMS. This is where you put in your account information for AriesMS. You can make an account on the Registration Page on the main site.


Then shortly after, another image should appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. It should say 'Nexon Game Security'.


After that, the game should open and you should be met with an opening video sequence. You can skip this video by pressing 'ESC' on your keyboard or double 'left click' on the screen. After that, you should be met with the login screen and you can start playing!


If the game did not open or is not working, check out the 'Requirements' above. If you have met the requirements, then check out the Troubleshooting Guide.

The Google Drive ZIP Method has been discontinued due to players constantly experiencing issues with updating their game during server's version updates.

If you are having trouble installing or opening the game, check out the Troubleshooting Guide.

You can also join us on our Discord and indicate your issue IN DETAIL.
 
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