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Solved: Extracting games from Windows XP setup CD?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Alex Ethridge, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    I've set up Windows 8 about three times so far and all three people have called to complain they cannot find the games they are used to seeing in Windows XP/Vista/7, minesweeper, solitaire, etc.

    I'm sure these can be extracted from the XP CD but exactly how do I find them and get them extracted?
     
  2. Triple6

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    Those games are available from the Microsoft Store for free.

    Not sure how legal it is to take them from another operating system but I suspect they wouldn't even work from Windows XP.
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

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    Like all things Microsoft, I went to the store before posting here and tried to find them. I typed in "download Solitaire" into the search field and got documents about the games and no links or even a hint where to find them.

    Try it; you'll see the same, I'm sure.
     
  4. DaveA

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    First of all these older games are licensed to run on the OS they come with, not a new one unless you do a UPGRADE install of the OS.

    There is also the problem of which version of Windows 8 is being run, PC or RC?

    The PC games will not run on the RC and vice versa.

    I would do a search on just the game name,
    I just went to the store and clicked on games and Solitaire is in about the second screen , just scroll over and check them out.
     
  5. Triple6

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    Why did you type "download solitaire"? You don't need to specify download from a store that only deals with downloads, just search Solitaire or Mine Sweeper, I found both when I searched from my home computer.
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    As for their not running on Windows 8, I am still running Windows Recorder from Windows 3.1 on a daily basis on Windows 7 32-bit and call on those macros about twenty times a day -- still works perfectly for keystrokes.

    Oh! and before I get any lectures about that, I still have my Windows 3.11 setup floppies on the original disks.

    Thanks for the "interest".
     
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    Are any of these new machines 64 bit?

    If so, any 16 bit program will not install.
     
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    All the games are in the Microsoft store, but they are slightly different to the older versions we are used to
    just go to Microsoft store & select the games tab, then select free in the drop down & loads of free games will appear
    it is useless trying the search as that just doesn't pick up anything
     
  10. throoper

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    OK Alex. It seems none of us have actually answered your question and you've piqued my interest.
    I've done a little investigating for the games on xp and it seems they are self-contained exe's, which means they shouldn't have to be "installed" (put the exe anywhere and it should run when clicked).
    So, if you want to give it a try to get them on your Win8 machine, just expand the exe for the game from the xp disc to where ever you want on the Win8 machine.
    Simplest way is if you have 7-zip. Pop in the disc, open it to view the files, find the game exe in the I386 folder, right click it, select 7-zip>Extract Files...>browse to where you want it to go on the Win8 machine.
    Now for the disclaimers :D.
    I don't have a Win 8 machine so can't try it.
    If the exe doesn't run, try it in Compatibility mode for either Vista or Win 7 (the files are the same on Vista as XP).
    The Help (consisting of the HLP and CHM files) is not part of the exe so they need to be extracted separately. I have no idea of the Win 8 folder structure, but if it's the same as XP (C:\Windows\Help), the exe should find them. The game should still play without them, though, assuming it will run on Win 8. I know this part because I eradicated a couple from my XP (Freecell and minesweeper), then dropped them from my disc onto a flash and they worked fine. I also dragged them to my C:\ and they still worked fine. I then expanded the Help files into my C:\Windows\Help and that worked as well.
    All I can say is, nothing ventured-nothing gained.
     
  11. Alex Ethridge

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    Finally, an answer that addresses the question.

    Thanks so very much.

    It seems that some, not all of the games are available from the store; but, the hoops you have to jump through and the confusion encountered in just trying to find them is ridiculous. It is no wonder MS is losing ground -- and rapidly. It looks like their meteoric rise is being matched only by their meteoric decline.

    Then there are some we could not find for free and had to buy. The cost was only a dollar-fifty; but, the aggravation of having to set up an account, choose a password, then enter credit card information complete with phone number, alternate e-mail address, home address, City, state, etc., etc., etc., all for a dollar-fifty game.

    I'm gonna' get these games extracted and see if they'll run on Win8. If they do, it's goodbye Windows Store.
     
  12. Alex Ethridge

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    Just in case anyone else runs into this, here's the solution I used. I had a Windows XP system come into my shop today and I copied the following files to a flash drive and put them in a user-defined folder in the root of the Windows 8, 64-bit machine and they all ran fine. They also run on my Windows 7, 32-bit machine:

    C:\Windows\System32\cards.dll
    C:\Windows\System32\freecell.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\mshearts.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\sol.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\spider.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\winmine.exe
     
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    Thanks for the reply. It's good to know they do indeed run OK on Win 8. (y)
    Don't suppose you checked the path for the Help files? Not that anyone would need to use the help for the old xp games, just curious.
     
  14. Alex Ethridge

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    I didn't think of checking for the help files. That machine is still here; I'll take a look now.
     
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