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    Microsoft celebrating 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire

    Microsoft celebrating 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire

    Special event helps players set a record

    Posted: 22 May 2020


    May 22 marks the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire, which has come a long way since it debuted as Windows Solitaire on Windows 3.0 in 1990.

    Today, the gameis played on computers, laptops, tablets and phones in every corner of the globe, arguably by one of the most diverse gaming audiences in the world, says Paul Jensen, studio head, Microsoft Casual Games.

    “With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as it is known today, hosts over 35 million players each month, from more than 200+ countries and territories, in 65 different languages,” Jenson says. “And after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire is still one of the most played games on the planet every day, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe.”

    Microsoft is celebrating the anniversary by inviting players to join an online event aiming to reach the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. Join by downloading Microsoft Solitaire Collection for free on Windows, iOS or Android, or play through your browser. Visit the Xbox Wire post for details, to watch Major Nelson’s interview with a pair of Solitaire experts discussing the coveted winnability rate of the game, and check out Microsoft Solitaire T-shirts and mugs available now for the first time ever.


    Source: Special event helps players set a record while celebrating the 30th anniversary Microsoft Solitaire | Windows Experience Blog

    See also: Celebrating 30 Years of Microsoft Solitaire with Those Oh-So-Familiar Bouncing Cards - Xbox Wire


    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    22 May 2020

  1. Berton's Avatar
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       #1

    First became familiar with it on my first computer in '92 and Windows 3.1.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       #2

    I still prefer the clean look and feel of the original Windows 3.x design. In fact I play the XP version to this day on all my W10 machines. Works remarkably well on a touch screen....

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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    @Bree, what support files did you need from the WinXP install? I have the Win7 games on my Win10.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    The Win7 version requires a custom installer, and keeps getting removed at each new W10 feature update (Windows 7 games are a deprecated feature). For the XP version there's no install required, you just need to copy two files from an XP machine to a folder of your choice and run it from there (three files if you want the help):

    Sol.exe, Cards.dll and Sol.chm

    While your about it, the other XP games such as Freecell and Spider work too, they also use the cards.dll.
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  5. sgage's Avatar
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    Hah! I just played (and 'won') a game 5 minutes ago - Win7 Solitaire on Windows 10. The "Windows Solitaire Collection" is not something I'm interested in. I do not want to have to 'sign in' just to play a quick game of solitaire. In fact, I am getting heartily annoyed at everything wanting me to 'sign in', 'log in', 'register', etc. to do anything. But I still am able to install the Windows 7 Games for Windows 10 Even though every feature update removes them :-(
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Bree said:
    The Win7 version requires a custom installer, and keeps getting removed at each new W10 feature update (Windows 7 games are a deprecated feature).
    That's why I keep the download saved knowing I would need it again at least twice a year with the Version Upgrades, most Builds don't affect it.

    For the XP version there's no install required, you just need to copy two files from an XP machine to a folder of your choice and run it from there (three files if you want the help):

    Sol.exe, Cards.dll and Sol.chm

    While your about it, the other XP games such as Freecell and Spider work too, they also use the cards.dll.
    Thanks, had done that some time ago with Win 7 but the memory fades over time.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    The advantage of the XP versions is that they are not subject to the 'seek and destroy' activity of a feature update.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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    I do still have a WinXP machine and some CDs I can extract those files from.

    As for the Win7 games I mostly play Mahjong.
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    The thing I miss is when you win the game and the cards go bouncing out. On a 386 or 486 processor they would go normal speed (slowly, one at a time). But with each new processor they all bounce out faster and faster, it's over in a in second. Even in a virtual machine.

    Has anyone figured that out?
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