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

  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Spider solitaire works fine if you just copy the SPIDER.EXE file from a running XP system.

    I haven't tried the other "Windows Classic games" but I would suppose MS will incorporate these into a running W8 RTM system.

    I used THIS method to get the XP games on to a W2K3 server so maybe a similar sort of "Fix" is available to install W7 games (or even XP games) on to W8.

    How to convert your Windows Server 2003... to a Workstation!

    cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Spider solitaire works fine if you just copy the SPIDER.EXE file from a running XP system.
    True, but it's not as pretty

    I haven't tried the other "Windows Classic games" but I would suppose MS will incorporate these into a running W8 RTM system.
    I hope you're right but I doubt they will, that's why we have Metro Solitaire, PinballFX2, XBox Live Games and all the other games in Store.

    ...
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  3. #13


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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    By the way, Chess Titans works using the method I described above.
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  4. #14


    I have easily installed some solitaire games from the web onto 8 and they run fine. I was surprised to realize that the 8 Preview didn't include any games when I first installed it.
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  5. #15


    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    Well finally Chess and Spider Solitaire (original Window Games) works, thanks to Calico.

    So thanks Calico for your help

    Jeff
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  6. #16


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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    Well finally Chess and Spider Solitaire (original Window Games) works, thanks to Calico.

    So thanks Calico for your help

    Jeff
    You're welcome
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8 Pro 32


    Worked for Hearts
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  8. #18


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    thanks Calico I was able to get Chess, Mahjong, Minesweeper, Purble Place, FreeCell, Hearts, Solitaire, and SpiderSolitare to work after making sure I had permissions on all folders thank you very much
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  9. #19


    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    I for one dont like the Metro versions of MS's games. Just check around on the Net (search Google) and query for "Window 7 games for Windows 8" or something to that effect. I still enjoy the 7 games by MS. I have them on an external HDD but wont post links here since the site I got them from is associated with piracy. You can also copy them from another physical or virtual machine install of 7, but that was just too much effort for me. not sure about other games.
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  10. #20


    Many thanks Calico, you're an absolute genius. Spider Solitaire now working again.
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