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Grrrrr - struggling just to do the basics on my pc

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Grrrrr - struggling just to do the basics on my pc


    Nothing personal but I hate Windows 8. I'm seriously struggling just to do the basics on my pc with it and WHY do I have no games? Where is my Mahjongg and Spider Solitaire? Why did my internet explorer icon disappear into thin air after a few days and I can't find it now??????

    This is driving me MAD!!!!

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Shug, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can get free games from the Games app or Store on your Start screen. You'll have to be signed in with a Microsoft account to be able to though.

    Do you mean the Internet Explorer tile on your Start screen? If not, then where?
    If you have further questions about Windows 8, then please feel free to create new threads to ask.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Whenever I try the games app it just keeps bringing up xbox and games that I can have a free go on - I just want some games on my pc that I don't have to go and get - I don't know how to use the start screen really and don't want to have to use it. I like Windows 7 with which I am more comfortable and feel that I control it rather than the other way around.

    Internet Explorer disappeared from my taskbar and I have no idea how to find it, where it might be nor how to get it back there.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Well, you could reinstall Windows 7 back on your PC if you like.

    I'm afraid them the breaks for games. If you don't install any, you won't have any.

    The tutorial below can help show you different ways to open the Start screen.
    You can go to the "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" file in File Explorer, right click on it, and click on "Pin to Taskbar" to restore it.
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  5. #5


    Make your life easier.

    Install Classic Shell to give you a Start button like you are used to.
    Install Microsoft Games for Windows to get y0ur games back/
    Install 8GadgetPack to get the Windows 7 gadgets back.
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  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    What... NO SOLITAIRE? Grr! I used to play Internet Backgammon too!

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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Make your life easier.

    Install Classic Shell to give you a Start button like you are used to.
    Install Microsoft Games for Windows to get y0ur games back/
    Install 8GadgetPack to get the Windows 7 gadgets back.
    Microsoft Games has been removed :-( I would love to have the Windows 7 Solitaire game on Win8...
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  8. #8


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I downloaded some of the games (thanks for the advice) - bit perturbed to play one and find myself being offered a wild card from a sponsor. The games appear to have been modernised since Windows 7 but they're not the kind of games that need it - in my opinion. Hearts and Spider Solitaire were just fine as they were, Mahjonng has not fared well either.
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