Windows 8 no longer includes the desktop versions of Solitaire, Minesweeper, and other classic games. In case you have a Windows 7 computer, you can copy the old versions of these games to your Windows 8 system and make a few tweaks to get them working. Here is how:
(1) On your Windows 7 computer, navigate to C:\Program Files\, locate the Microsoft Games folder, and copy it to a USB drive (or other removable media).
(2) Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\ folder on your Windows 7 system and copy the CardGames.dll file to the USB drive, as well.
(3) Connect the USB drive to your Windows 8 system and copy the Microsoft Games folder to its old location at C:\Program Files\ on Windows 8.
(4) Copy the CardGames.dll file to the Solitaire subfolder. You’ll also have to copy this file to the FreeCell, Hearts, and SpiderSolitaire folders if you want to play those games.
(5) Each of these games performs a Windows version check when it runs. You’ll need to patch out the version check so they run properly.
(6) To do so manually, you can use a hex editor to open each game’s .exe file and search for the following bytes:
7D 04 83 65 FC 00 33 C0 83 7D FC 01 0F 94 C0
Replace the first 7D in the sequence above with EB, and then save the file. You’ll need to do this manually for each game’s .exe file.
(7) After patching or hex editing each game’s .exe files, the desktop versions of these classic games will run normally in Windows 8.
(8 You can right-click each game’s .exe file to add it to your Start screen, pin it to your taskbar, or create a shortcut.
You can now play these classic games from the full-screen environment now known as Modern UI Style or the classic Windows desktop.