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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.

February 1, 2007

The Apprentice LA Episode 4: Chicken Suits

My latest recap of The Apprentice is now up at

Cut to the Trump Limo heading up into the hills. Inside is some unspecified bald guy in a suit chatting about how some unspecified business is doing. And also there is Sean, last year’s winner. You remember? The British guy? No? Me neither. Until this episode, all I remembered about last year’s season was Lenny and Orlando Bloom, Brent and his bagels, and Lee and some other guy in the final two. Lee lost, but I couldn’t remember who won. But now here he is! Sean! The metrosexual! Remember now? No?

Go read it all.

Episode links:
Jacob’s recap
TV Guide review
Download the episode with BitTorrent