Windows 8 includes many changes, improvements and features. Those of you have been using Windows 8 would know that it doesn’t include popular free games that were part of previous versions of Windows.
While Microsoft will definitely add free games to the final version (RTM) of Windows 8, many users who have moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8 are missing the popular Chess, FreeCell, Hearts, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, Mahjong Titans, and Purble Place games. So, how to play all these games in Windows 8 as well?
One can’t play these games just by copying the executable from Windows 7 to Windows 8. You need to edit one or more system files! As every Windows 8 can’t manually edit these files. Here is a small utility that lets you use all free Windows 7 games in Windows 8 as well.
- Copy Microsoft Games folder from your Windows 7 drive to program files in Windows 8.
That is, navigate to Program Files folder present in the installation drive and copy Microsoft Games folder to Programs Files folder in your Windows 8 drive. Please note that you need to copy games from a working x86 Windows 7 machine only.
Note: If you are using a 64bit Windows 7, then you wont find the games folder on Program Files folder, rather, you need to copy Microsoft Games folder from Program Files (x86) folder.
- In your Windows 7 machine, navigate to Windows\System32 folder. Copy cardgames.dll files into the game’s folder (in Windows 8 drive) that you wish to play.
For instance, if you want to play Chess game, you need to copy cardgames.dll file to Chess folder present under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games. And if you want to play all games, you will need to copy the dll files to all folders one by one.
Note: If you are running x64 version of Windows 8, then the path will be C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games folder.
- Now, download the tool to automatically edit files so that you can play your favorite Windows 7 game in Windows 8 as well.
Note: Your antivirus software may detect this tool as malicious software and advise you against running the same. You can safely ignore the alert as it’s a false positive. And we have tested the software for malware and viruses.
- Run the tool, click on Patch button, browse to game’s executable and then click Open to finish the job. You should now be able to play the game.
And you need to all executable one by one. Use this tool for all games that you wish to paly.
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