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Hello.  Very new to minecraft and trying to download this so my son can access some mods.  Unfortunately, we are running version 1.8.3 of minecraft, so I downloaded the version for 1.8, and I keep getting an error when I try to client install that says "You need to run version 1.8 manually at least once." 


I have run the game all the way to playing it as instructed, but it still gives me the error.  Does it not work with 1.8.3?

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My apologies, but I don't understand that answer.  I assumed that the minecraftforge designed for minecraft 1.8 would work with whatever small updates they made for 1.8.3.  Are you saying I need to rollback the version of minecraft I am running to version 1.8 instead of 1.8.3? If so, I have no idea how to do that.

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I am chuckling b/c here I am trying to do the same thing for my 9-yr old son today - and thinking of how many other parents in the world are doing the same thing every other day of the week. lol!


Anyway - We just bought minecraft about a month or so ago and the only versions listed under profiles are 1.8.1  1.8.2  and <Latest Version> which is what has been running (1.8.3) -  So, not sure how to get 1.8 so I can get Forge, but my kid who has not cleaned his room in MONTHS was HIGHLY motivated to spend all day yesterday cleaning so that he could download a few Mods (if I can figure out how to do it) and I know this is the first step.


Oi vey! The love we have for our kiddos! :) BTW - I love your "verification" questions...

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