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Bring Classic Games Back To Windows 8.1

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Windows 8

I get a lot of questions about where to find the games on Windows 8.1  Especially from those who have upgraded from XP and miss the good old Games folder. One of my favorite questions so far came from Mike who misses Solitaire and FreeCell Hearts.

He says, “My wife of 44 years is not happy with me. PLEASE HELP! Lord knows I need it.”

In the interest of Mike’s domestic harmony, let’s find some games for Mrs. Mike to play.

You start by selecting the Store icon.  It looks like this in the Metro/Modern views.


Or you can type “Store” in the Search Charm and click on the result.


The store app will open.


Type the name of the game you wish to find in the search box in the upper right-hand corner.


 Click on the results. Since FreeCell is a free game, just choose Click on Install to immediately install it on your computer.


 Type Solitaire and you’ll find hundreds of apps including the Microsoft Solitaire Collection. You can sort those apps by category and price.


 If you choose Free, only free games will be displayed.


Just click or tap on the game you want. Then choose install. Your wife would probably really enjoy the Microsoft Solitaire Collection.


 To browse the game offerings, choose Categories at the top of the store page and then Games.


 You’ll have thousands of results to choose from. I suggest choosing Top Free to browse through the 1,000 top free games that you can download with one click.


Hope this helps!

~ Cynthia



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6 Responses to “Bring Classic Games Back To Windows 8.1”

  1. Mike says:

    Thank you SO MUCH. I really helped. Oh, by the way, you really do read and respond to members questions. Thanks again.

  2. George Boggs says:

    Thanks for the article. My problem is I was doing Free Cell in sequence ( was on 58961 [all except 607 ] completed. Would like to find the same publishers game, to continue. Any suggestions ?

  3. Carlene says:

    Having the games is good but I hate that they are all played on line!!!

    • cynthia says:

      Carlene, when you download an App from the Windows store, it is installed on your PC. You should be able to play it offline.

  4. Lillian says:

    Excellent article, thank you. My husband says he prefers the Solitaire version (and layout?) on my Dell Win 7 PC (and our now defunct XP PC) instead of the ones on his 8.1 laptop. Can we copy the version from my Win 7 PC to his 8.1 laptop?

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