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Windows 8, Metro, Apps and Games

  1. #1


    Ireland
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8

    Windows 8, Metro, Apps and Games


    I've had to buy a new laptop, unfortunately it came with Windows 8, now don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those who resist all change, but I'm having a serious problem...

    Windows 8 assumes that everyone has a decent internet connection, and everything, but EVERYTHING in Metro does everything by downloading and is interactive with the internet.

    I live in rural Ireland, and as far as the internet goes, we are barely out of 1985 internet speeds. This means that Metro Apps are intensely frustrating, I've so far spent hours waiting for the simplest things to load.

    My main grievance is that ALL games, books etc are interactive, there is absolutely NO WAY I can use, for example the "Solitaire Collection", which appears to be one of the simpler Apps. Every time I open an App, I just get the screen filled with the same icon/colour as the App icon, and then it stays like that for hours. I'm presuming something is supposed to happen other than that.

    I tried downloading and running the classic solitaire games, but those won't run under Windows 8, even using Compatibility, they all complain that Vista.Emulation.dll is missing, I put that in, it won't register, and they still don't work.

    Is there any known workaround for this? I need games as executables not as Apps. I'd be perfectly happy with the standard game that came with Windows 7!

    HELP?????

    I've been "promised" by Eircom that they are going to install high speed phone lines since 2002 (within 5 weeks/months etc), but that's never going to happen, we've still got the loose twisted copper wire that won't take ISDN.

    I tried posting this in the Microsoft Community forum, but it refused to Submit...

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  2. #2


    You can get the Windows 7 games fr Windows 8, see here: Windows 7 Game Pack on Windows 8

    Also, if you install Classic Shell (free) or Start8 ($4.99) then you can have the Start button as it was in Windows 7 and boot directly to the Desktop. You can still play with Metro stuff but it's not forced on you.

    Windows 7 Gadgets are also available if you want them: 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Ireland
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Putting back the Start button was the first thing I did...

    The majority of the time I'm developing, using Visual Studio, XAMPP, SQL-Server, PHPMyAdmin etc...

    Thanks for the links...
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  4. #4


    Ireland
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    The link to the Games for windows 8 is broken "This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader."...

    If anyone has a copy of the rar, I'd be a very grateful recipient of it...
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can turn the live tiles off. That will save some bandwidth until you actually launch one. Or just uninstall them if you think you will never use it.
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  6. #6


    I'm uploadeding Microsoft Games for Windows 8 v1.2.zip to my Dropbox account. You can download it from my Public folder here when it's done uploading, about 10 minutes.

    ** LINK REMOVED **

    Download Microsoft Games for Windows 8 v1.2.zip

    Edit: New link to my Public Dropbox folder, not direct link to the download zip file.
    Last edited by Brink; 02 Sep 2013 at 12:27.
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  7. #7


    Ireland
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Can you email me please?

    I can't PM you as for some reason I don't have permission to do this...
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  8. #8


    Corrected link so it points to my Public Dropbox folder. You should be able to download now.
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  9. #9


    Ireland
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it!
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  10. #10


    You're welcome, glad I could help.
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