February 8, 2007

Turning on Games in Windows Vista Business

So, it’s finally happened. Windows Vista, formerly known has Longhorn, has at last been released to the public. I’ve been using it myself for nearly three months, so I’m really getting to know all the ins and outs of it, but there’s still hidden stuff that mystifies me lurking in the shadows of Vista.

Like the new games. Vista comes with the standard run of basic games, like Solitaire and Mahjong, and everyone’s old favorite Minesweeper. While I was testing the beta versions of Vista last year I would always load up Vista Ultimate, the version that unlocks everything available in the operating system. And the games were always there. But then I actually had to buy licenses of Vista, and the version I went with for the company was Vista Business. I loaded that up, and found out there were no games. The “Games Explorer” was empty. Oh well, no big deal I never play the games anyway.

But then I started loading Vista on other computers here at work, and I found out that there are people who definitely do still play the games. The lady who covers the reception desk at lunch, particularly, can’t live without Solitaire to get her through that hour. So I started to research: were the games deliberately left out of Vista Business? Or were they still there, hidden?

It turns out they were still there, hidden. And it took a posting at Lockergnome for me to finally figure out how to turn them on.

They are there but unavailable by default. In the Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off. They should be there.

So we’ve got the games back, and the lady at the front desk is happy. It’s kind of puzzling why Microsoft would turn games off by default in Vista Business, but I guess they’re trying to get on the good side of corporations who don’t want their employees playing Purble Palace on the company dime. Wisely they didn’t strip them out completely, or I would have been in a lot of trouble.

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  1. jairp says:

    thanx a lot

    Posted February 15, 2007 @ 11:15 am
  2. nini says:

    thanks!

    Posted February 25, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
  3. Erin says:

    Thanks so so much! I recently purchased a laptop and was somehow stuck with Windows Vista (oh the horror stories I heard) Business edition at that. And do you think I could find my one Solitaire standby? I was so upset I almost cleared the OS off and loaded my version of XP. You saved me a hassle and a half. Thanks again!

    Posted October 22, 2007 @ 3:18 pm
  4. Erin says:

    Thanks so so much! I recently purchased a laptop and was somehow stuck with Windows Vista (oh the horror stories I heard) Business edition at that. And do you think I could find my one Solitaire standby? I was so upset I almost cleared the OS off and loaded my version of XP. You saved me a hassle and a half. Thanks again!

    Posted October 22, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
  5. katy says:

    you are my HERO!! haha you just made my life sitting through lecture after lecture a million times more amazing! haha
    everytime i play a game i’ll think of you =)

    Posted November 7, 2007 @ 3:53 pm
  6. Vista User says:

    Thx so much I recently purchased a laptop with Vista business and I didn’t think the games came with it. You are a genius for posting this on the web I think you have made a lot of people very happy.

    Posted November 5, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

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