Thursday, May 8, 2014

Play Windows 7 games in Windows 8

If you didn’t know, Windows 8 comes without the old basic games like FreeCell, Minesweeper, Solitaire, Pinball, and more. You could download them via the Store, but it’s really annoying to download one by one, and you get to play them as tiles, instead of Windows, which - personally - I don’t enjoy. So, here you can download the following games:

  • Chess Titans
  • FreeCell
  • Hearts
  • Hold’Em
  • Inkball
  • Mahjong Titans
  • Minesweeper
  • 3D Pinball
  • Purple Place
  • Solitaire
  • SpiderSolitaire

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Assuming that you already downloaded the folder, here’s how to install them.

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First of all, you have to know if you have a 32bits OS or a 64bits one. If you don’t know/care, the x32 folder works for both. Now, open one the x32 or x64 folder, and copy it’s entire content on C:.

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Now execute the Games_x32.reg or Games_x64.reg, depending on which folder you are. This will create the basic configuration keys on the registry.

Now, to the game explorer shortcut. Go to the “Create Games Explorer Shortcut”. The only thing you should care about in this folder is the shortcut. Copy/move it to wherever you want to launch it. It’s a shortcut.

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In my case, I pinned the shortcut to the start menu.

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And that’s it, you should be able to play all the games that appear in the game explorer. Easy as fuck.

Source | MyDigitalLife

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