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"Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

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    "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    How to Create a "Games" App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    25 Dec 2012
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    How to Create a "Games" App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    The xbox Games app included in Windows 8 and 8.1 lets you discover the hottest new games, classics you love, and exclusives for Windows. Track your progress on the games you play, and see how you stack up against your friends. Plus, see what your friends are up to, and send a message to a friend.

    For more information, see: Games app for Windows in the Windows Store


    This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Metro Xbox "Games" Store app shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


    EXAMPLE: xbox Games app

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    "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    To Download a "Xbox Games" App Shortcut for Windows 8

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

    Xbox_Games_Shortcut.zip

    download

    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Xbox Games shortcut to the desktop.

    4. Unblock the Xbox Games shortcut.

    5. Go to step 4 in OPTION TWO below to download and use a custom icon for this shortcut.

    6. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






    "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO "Games" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    To Manually Create a "Xbox Games" App Shortcut in Windows 8


    1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2. Copy and paste either command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

    explorer xboxgames:

    OR

    %windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "xboxgames:" && exit

    OR

    Code:
    explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames


    Name:  Shortcut-1.jpg
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    3. Type Xbox Games for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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    4. Click/tap on the Download button below to download a custom Games.ico file to use for this shortcut. Unblock the .ico file, then move it to where you would like to keep it saved at.


    download

    5. Right click or press and hold on the new Xbox Games shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

    6. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on the Browse button, navigate to and select the Games.ico file from step 4, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

    Name:  Shortcut-4.jpg
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    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6)

    9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Hi Shawn,

    Why we don't use only explorer.exe parameter?
    For example: "explorer.exe xboxgames://", "explorer.exe bingsearch://" etc.
    This option also protect you annoying cmd windows
    Am I missing something?

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    Hello Nonpararn,

    Sure, you could use that as well if you like.
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