Version 1.12 of Minecraft was first rolled out in June 2017, followed by version 1.12.1 in August, and version 1.12.2 by September 2017.
This latest version is an update for Minecraft: Java Edition and is not compatible with servers 1.12 and 1.12.1. It brings one change and several fixes to the older version only known as Minecraft.
So if you are looking to upgrade to version 1.12.2, here’s what you need to do.
How to update Minecraft
Note that you will lose your mods when you update the game since they are saved in the minecraft.jar. So make sure to back it up.
How to back up minecraft.jar
Remember to create a subfolder within the backup folder and label it to the version you are backing up. Since you are updating to 1.12.2, label the folder 1.12.1, which indicates that the minecraft.jar saved is under the older version.
What’s new with Minecraft: Java Edition ver. 1.12.2?
It also fixed one private issue and nine issues present in the previously released version, which include:
In the event that you are unhappy with version 1.12.2, you can always restore to the previous version. Make sure you have a backup of the minecraft.jar of the previous version or a Pre-Release.
How to restore to previous Minecraft versions
Make sure the file is named “minecraft.jar” or “minecraft”. If it only appears as .jar, rename as recommended.
If you plan to do a fresh install, follow the procedure in updating to a new version.
With your Minecraft updated, time to start testing the new platform.
Looking for more information before doing an update. Check out what the Minecraft version 1.12 has in store for you.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on October 2017 but has been updated for accuracy.
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