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Put a (Game) shortcut on Desktop 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 74
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1

    Put a (Game) shortcut on Desktop 8.1


    Setting up a new 8.1 PC for a customer. He was 97 years old on the 11th and still computer active.
    Obviously, not going to get him accustomed to the new Metro tile format.
    Installed Start8.
    I want to be able to place a couple of shortcuts to the Desktop from the Game apps, mainly the Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
    Is it possible?
    (I have him setup with a Microsoft account.)

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello cfourkays,

    If you like, you could use the tutorial below for a "Games" app shortcut that you could use on your desktop.

    "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 74
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1


    Thanks, Shawn.
    Took about a2 minutes.
    Downloaded the zip
    extracted to the Desktop. (Icon looks like CMD)
    Downloaded the Games.ico.
    Right click, properties, change icon.
    Didn't have to unlock or anything else.
    When I open it, it goes right to the Games.
    I have Solitaire in the Search box and can open that way.
    Maybe someday a shortcut on the Desktop right from the Solitaire, or any other individual game??????
    I know, that's not the new no Desktop concept but we got to give these older users a break sometime.
    BTW, new Avatar is outstanding.
    Pete
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Pete.

    Hopefully one day there may be one to open directly to Solitaire.
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