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Microsoft Solitaire Collection wont open after 8.1

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    Microsoft Solitaire Collection wont open after 8.1


    After updating to 8.1, Microsoft Solitaire Collection wont open from the start screen. The tiles are still showing. When I click on the tile I get the message "This app can't open" with a close button. There is also a link to "go to the store". When I click on this link I get a message that the app needs to be repaired. When I click on the Repair button the store says it is installing but when complete the app still wont open.

    Strangely, I had a shortcut to the Collection on my Start8 start menu. When I go to the desktop, the menu option works and I can open the Collection. Many menu items have a right click option to "Pin to Start" but the Collection does not.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    Windows 8.1


    I am getting a similar problem. After installing 8.1 I can play any games except the daily challenge. Say I want to play Klondike it loads up to the play button then it freezes. This happens to all the games.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    maybe you can try uninstalling the app and redownloading it from the windows store.

    also check that you have the latest graphics driver as the update may have replaced it with the driver that came with Windows.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    I can't post the link - against the rules - but the Old classic Windows 7 games work just fine on W 8.1 (and W2012 server !!!).

    These IMO are far better than the new ones from the store --google around a bit and you should find a link of how to install these.

    (You should have a copy of W7 though otherwise you could be breaking the EULA if you download separately - that's your conscience between you and your maker !!).

    (I like the old windowed system too -- easy to hide when the boss comes around !!).

    screenshot enc -- playing solitaire, hearts and spider solitaire here on W 8.1 ENTERPRISE x-64. Also PINBALL (windowed)

    You can of course if you have an XP disk also install those versions - just grab these

    CARDS.DL_
    FREECELL.EX_
    MSHEARTS.EX_
    SOL.EX_
    SPIDER.EX_
    WINMINE.EX_

    expand - don't forget the dll (top file) with cmd EXPAND filename1 filename 2 - where DL_==> DLL, EX_==>EXE


    They should work. The advantage of XP over later versions is that there's no version checking in the dll which causes errors and you can make these portable too.



    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    You can of course if you have an XP disk also install those versions - just grab these

    CARDS.DL_
    FREECELL.EX_
    MSHEARTS.EX_
    SOL.EX_
    SPIDER.EX_
    WINMINE.EX_

    expand - don't forget the dll (top file) with cmd EXPAND filename1 filename 2 - where DL_==> DLL, EX_==>EXE
    Good tip!

    Extra info, Those are actually cab files.

    They can be opened with 7-Zip as well.

    You can rename them to *.cab and open them in explorer too.

    Just some details:
    The x64 version of XP provides x64 versions of the games.

    Cheers!
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    you haven't shown why the old versions are better than the new versions, especially after the many improvements that are in the latest version.
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    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for all your answers but we are not quite there yet. I can still play all the games in widows 8.1 that is not the problem.
    It is all to do with the Daily Challenge. That worked fine until I paid Microsoft for a licence to play the Daily Challenge without the advertisements. From that moment the Daily Challenge won't play it loads up the play button then freezes. That is my problem.
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    Have you tried running this to repair your Apps in toto? It is a legit Microsoft prog.

    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...3/apps.diagcab
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Hi davehc
    Thanks for that it found some errors but did not correct my problem.
    I sent an email to Microsoft but they haven't replied.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    you haven't shown why the old versions are better than the new versions, especially after the many improvements that are in the latest version.
    Hi there
    being able to play in conventional windows is fine while working on other tasks too -- or while waiting for a download to finish -- apart from the "Hiding from the boss". !!

    Sometimes when you are waiting for complex queries or OLAP type transactions to finish on slow corporate networks these can be quite OK to relieve the boredom of waiting the response from a slow network.

    Sometimes the old simplicity - especially in games like Hearts which is based on skill doesn't need a lot of audio or special effects.

    Like all these things "You pays your money and you takes your choice".

    In addition the new games won't generally install from the store on ENTERPRISE versions or SERVERS -- I can't see any corporate IT depts giving their users unfettered access to the Ms store in any case.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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