Assuming you’ve already downloaded and installed the FFXI client from SquareEnix, you’re ready to connect and begin updating your files.
Before you start, verify that you have the following installed for FFXI, PlayOnline, Ashita and/or Windower.
If you’re just finishing a fresh install of Final Fantasy XI, be sure to reboot your computer to ensure the registry settings are saved. You won’t be able to launch the game without a reboot.
Open PlayOnline and let it update (and restart it if it asks).
PlayOnline will prompt you if your a New User or Existing User. Choose For PlayOnline Members.
ABCD1234 a the username, password, and account ID for your new account. This just allows you far enough in to access the file check. A valid PlayOnline or SquareEnix ID is not required.
On the left side of the screen, click Check Files.
On the Check Files Screen screen where it says “PlayOnline Viewer”, select the down arrow to select “FINAL FANTASY XI”.
NOTE: If “Final Fantasy XI” doesn’t show up, you can download a patch from the DSP team to resolve the issue. Click here for the full details of this method.
\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIfolder.
Click the Check Files button with “FINAL FANTASY XI” highlighted to begin the check.
This process is validating your current files and should take 20-25 minutes depending on your computer’s hard drive speed. Once complete, it’ll prompt you to begin the update to fix errors (errors meaning files that don’t match current retail). Choose to “Fix the errors”.
PlayOnline will start checking and updating files. This can take 2-4 hours depending on your computer speed and internet connection.
Once everything is updated, exit PlayOnline.
The last step is copying the PlayOnline Viewer’s data folder into the FFXI folder.
\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\PlayOnlineViewer(or to where you installed FFXI) and copy the
\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIfolder and paste that folder in that folder.
\datafolder in your
\FINAL FANTASY XIfolder.
If you’re coming from the Nasomi player community or have ever used their installer, there’s a process to patch your installation to work with “retail” Final Fantasy XI. You can see the full instructions here: https://nasomi.com/wiki/index.php?title=Config:Installing#Retail.2FNasomi_swap.
When the server updates to a new client version, players need to update their client to be inline. Here’s a quick guide to ensure a smooth update. This guide assumes players are using the May 2019 game version or newer that includes a new Final Fantasy XI Config utility.
Unless you’re using Ashita’s DATS, XIPivot, or another tool to manage your third-party HD dats, a client update will override these files. Be sure to have a backup before starting.
Prior to the May 2019 client, forcing this update can be done in one of two ways.
Option 1: Clear the version index and force a check.
\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIfolder. This will override several files.
Option 2: Clearing the indexing ROM and forcing a check.
\FINAL FANTASY XI\ROM\0directory and delete
0.DAT. Deleting this file should forces FFXI to update.