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how to make Windows 8 work with MS games from previous versions?

  1. #21

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    WIN 8 P 64


    Games run but no Menu Bars

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  2. #22

    Posts : 1
    Win 8.1 Pro

    Just taking a shot at getting some help

    I realize this thread is pretty old, but I'm hoping to get some help. Let me tell you what I've done some far. First, I started with 64 bit versions of MS games from Windows 7. In all cases I was unable to find the hex sequence listed in this thread as well as several other web sites. I subsequently found 32 bit versions that do have the specific hex string. I've done the update (7d to eb); however, these games still won't work. I'm wondering if the patch needs to be different for W8.1 as opposed to just W8. Alternately, I'm wondering if anyone know what the hex string and patch would be for the W7 64 bit versions of the games. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can provide. CMR
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  3. #23

    Posts : 3
    win 8

    Hi Calico

    Tried to apply your solution to PurblePlace.exe but could not find the string 7D 04 83 65 FC 00 33 C0 83 7D FC 01 0F 94 C0.
    I am using Win 8.1
    Any ideas?

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  4. #24

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 (x64)

    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    I found a way to make the games work, unfortunately, I don't remember where. So, all credit to the original author and my apologies for misplacing your identity

    To do this you'll need the following:

    1. The Microsoft Games folder from C:\Program Files - This needs to be from a 32 bit version of Windows 7 even if you're using a 64 bit version of Windows 8
    2. The cardgames.dll file from Windows\System32 - Again, from a 32 bit version of Windows 7.
    2. A Hex Editor - Get a good free, no install program, from Free Hex Editor XVI32


    1. Make a copy of the game file you wish to modify. Example SpiderSolitaire.exe - Found in the Microsoft Games\SpiderSolitaire folder
    2. Open XVI32
    3. Select File/Open and navigate to your Microsoft Games\SpiderSolitaire folder
    4. Select SpiderSolitaire.exe
    5. Open Search and enter 7D 04 83 65 FC 00 33 C0 83 7D FC 01 0F 94 C0 (copy and paste)
    6. Select 7D and select Edit/Overwrite String
    7. In the dialogue box, make sure Hex String is selected and type EB
    8. Select OK
    9. Select File/Save
    10. Copy cardgames.dll to the Microsoft Games\SpiderSolitaire folder
    11. Copy the Microsoft Games folder to your Windows 8 Program Files (x86) folder
    12. Play.

    I haven't tried the other games but I believe the same 'hack' works...
    Calico has it right.

    One important step I would add is to move the executables to your desktop to edit them with the hex editor (otherwise you will receive an error that the application is already open or that you are simply denied access when you try to edit them while they exist in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games folder). After you edit the executable (Solitaire.exe) from the desktop, you can save it and then move it from the desktop back into C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Solitaire folder.

    Hope this helps someone down the line!

    Also, I copied the Microsoft Games folder (and CardGames.dll) from a 32-bit version of Vista and then moved them to my Windows 8.1 64-bit on it.
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