A simple guide to Microsoft Solitaire Collection windows 10

Solitaire is still one of the greatest computer games. It was one of the first games that appeared on Windows and it still remains among the most played. The popularity of the game is understandable. You don’t have to download it, as it is often can be found among the games that already installed on your computer. The rules are simple and the gameplay is hard to misinterpret.

Downloading Solitaire

This game was a part of the Windows system for 25 years now. It was released with 3.0 version of Windows and since that time had several minor updates until Windows 7 appearance. After that, in the Windows 8 edition, Microsoft changed the classic version with the modern one, the one we know as Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

It is completely free, but if you want to remove annoying ads or open some extra features, you will need to pay a subscription. If you don’t want to pay for the game, there is another way to bring classic Solitaire to Windows 10.

First things first: you must have access to Windows XP installation if you want to run the game on Windows 10. The best way is to get files from an old computer if you can. If you don’t have it, create a virtual machine to extract files. And if you don’t have access to installation media, you can download ISO by using MSDN original subscription.

  • Open Windows Explorer

  • Pick My Computer

  • Type C:\WINDOWS\system32 in the address bar and push Enter

  • Now click on the Search

  • Pick All files and Folders in the left pane

  • Type cards.dll, sol.exe in the Search query

  • Select these files and with the right click open menu and press Copy

  • Open USB and Paste it there with a right click

Now you can install the files on Windows 10

  • Open the File Explorer

  • Click This PC

  • Double click the Local Disk drive, which is under Devices and Drives

  • Pick New Folder to create a folder with the name Solitaire

  • Open USB flash drive and select sol.exe and cards.dll files

  • Select Copy with the right click

  • Go inside Solitaire folder and click Paste

After that, double click the sol.exe file. It will start the Solitaire classic game on your Windows 10 device.

But if you prefer to see the new look of an old game, the easiest way is to go to the Microsoft official website and get the game for free. Solitaire versions are available for Xbox, PlayStation and mobiles as well. You may find new graphics and several themes added to the game.

How to start the game and fix the problem when microsoft solitaire collection windows 10 not working?

If your Solitaire Collection does not work anymore, don’t panic. It is very possible, that this is a system problem and it can be fixed. These are the most common solution for fixing the problem that works:

  • Reset the game

  • Reinstall the game

  • Run troubleshooter Windows 10 free app

  • Reset cache of Windows Store

  • Update the system

  • Update Windows Store app

  • Switch the Solitaire app

Reset the Solitaire Collection:

  • Find Win+I on keyboard and press

  • Pick System in System Settings

  • Click App and Features on the left panel

  • Scroll down till you find Microsoft Solitaire Collection

  • Press it and click the Advanced options

  • Pick the Reset button in the list. After that press Reset again in the window that will appear

Reinstall Collection:

  • Open Search box and click the icon Cortana

  • Now in the field that appeared enter “powershell” and use the right click to press on the same name result. Choose Run as Administrator

  • In the command line of Power Shell type “Get-AppxPackage *solitaire collection* | Remove-AppxPackage”

  • Click Enter and restart Windows 10 when it is done

  • Open Windows Store and install the game again

Reset the cache of Windows Store:

  • Find Win+R on the keyboard and press it

  • Type wsreset.exe once the Run box appears

  • Press Enter

  • Now restart your computer

Update your system Windows 10:

  • Find Win+I on the keyboard, press them and choose Update and Security

  • Click Windows Update on the left panel you may see in the main window

  • Apply updates that are waiting for approval

Update apps from Windows Store:

  • Open the app Windows Store

  • Click on the account icon that you can see at the upper right corner on the main window

  • Now choose Downloads and click Check for Updates

  • Follow the on-screen instructions and update all your apps

  • In the end, you will need to restart your computer to make everything work

Switch an app of Solitaire

It is not another solution, as it is more of a suggestion for you. Still, it can help. You may try another collection of solitaire and replace the one that does not work.  There are numerous options you may want to check, like Solitaire HD, Simple Solitaire or Spider Solitaire. They all have different graphics, but the same rules.

If the problems are still there, check Internet connection, the work of Firewall and settings of your antivirus. Some security settings may block the work of the app. In the Display Settings check that default setting is on the 125 percent and not 150 percent. The last one is too big to fit the screen which may cause all the problems.

Once you have found the cause of the problem and fixed it, you may enjoy Solitaire. This is the game that is still interesting to play while you are waiting for a new task at the office or just have enough free time. Check the fresh updates in the game and compare the experience.