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#1 athegn

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 12:06 PM

My wife wants to have a shortcut on the desktop to run FreeCell, as she has always done with Windows.

How can I create a shortcut to FreeCell, rather than go through the Solitaire package, in Windows 10 Home Premium?


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#2 athegn

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:51 AM

I have another pc running on Win 7 64bit. I can get the desktop shortcut running on this.

 

Can I copy some of the files from this Win 7 pc to get get Freecell running on my Win 10 pc?

 

If so which files do I need to copy?



#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 05:10 PM

You shouldn't need to copy anything, if FreeCell is actually installed on your wife's computer.

 

Open Windows Explorer, you may have an icon for this on your taskbar if you don't Type 'Windows explorer' into 'Search' (without the ' '). If FreeCell is installed you should find it in a folder called either 'Solitaire' or 'MicrosoftGames' in the 'Program files' folder on your 'C' drive. Click on 'FreeCell' and you will see a file called 'FreeCell.exe'.

 

RIGHT click on the filename then select 'Send to' in the context menu that appears. Once you have clicked on 'Send to' you will get another, smaller, menu in which you will see 'Send to desktop (create shortcut)'. Click on this and you should have an icon on the desktop.

 

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 02:03 AM

Perhaps I did not explain well. I have the shortcut on the Win 7 machine's desktop but I want it on the Win 10 machine. I can't find a way to get a desktop shortcut to FreeCell on the Win 10 machine; I have to use start > Microsoft Solitaire Collection > Play as guest > FreeCell. My wife just wants a single click on a desktop shortcut like she has with our Win 7 machine.

 

On the Win 10 machine C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\FreeCell\en-US gives the message "This folder is empty"



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Posted 12 September 2015 - 05:03 PM

Did you try typing 'FreeCell.exe' into 'Search' ?  Or even just 'FreeCell'.

 

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 03:05 AM

Chris

 

I think I did but will check when I return home; away from machine for a few days.



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Posted 13 September 2015 - 11:08 AM

C:\Windows.old\Program Files\Microsoft Games\FreeCell\FreeCell.exe created shortcut on Desktop; clicking shortcut does nothing. Clicking on FreeCell.exe directly does nothing either.


C:\Windows.old\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-s..inboxgames-freecell_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_58481bbdfe2e6164

Same result.

Found file location by typing FreeCell.exe into Windows Explorer on my Win 10 32bit laptop.

This would look promising:-

 

http://qatsi.ath.cx/susy/?p=84

 

if I had an XP disk. However I have a Win 7 Home Premium disk at home.

What chance that I could find the FreeCell files on that and load them into SysWOW64 folder on my Win 10 64bit machine?

Any advice please?



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 11:57 PM

Three months later (and thanks to a big Windows 10 update), you can now just do the following:

 

1.  Install the Microsoft Solitaire Collection from the Windows Store *for free* if you haven't already.

 

2.  Drag the resulting icon from your start menu to the desktop and...

 

3.  Voila, there you are!  You then just have to choose Freecell from among the types of solitaire that pop up.

 

Edited for formatting 12-24-15 11:29 AM EST.


Edited by bjorn33, 24 December 2015 - 11:29 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2015 - 11:02 AM

You can't run anything directly out of the Windows.old folder - it's sole purpose is as a repository for what was your old Windows 7 system.

 

You may be able to copy it out or, as someone noted, install the Microsoft Solitaire Collection from the app store.

 

In any case, if you can locate a file (in a folder other than Windows.old) you can still do the good, old-fashioned right click then use Send to->Desktop (create shortcut) option.  That's how I've put virtually all the applications for which I want desktop access on to the desktop.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 08:50 AM

My wife wants to have a shortcut on the desktop to run FreeCell, as she has always done with Windows.

How can I create a shortcut to FreeCell, rather than go through the Solitaire package, in Windows 10 Home Premium?

 

You can download windows 7 FreeCell for windows 10 from http://windows10here.blogspot.com/2016/05/freecell-for-windows-10.html

You can run directly freecell.exe to play with classic GUI or create a shortcut to it with "-mce" arg to have modern GUI






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