How to open Games Explorer in Windows 8

February 13, 2013

By default the shortcut for Windows Games (Games Explorer) is not available in Windows 8 where as it is available on the older version of Windows like XP, Vista and Seven. But we can also navigate to that Window.

What replaces the Windows Games

Instead of these classic games windows 8 comes with XBOX games. it can be played on-line. A shortcut to open these Xbox Games named as “Games” is placed on the start screen of Windows 8.

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What is Games Explorer Windows

Games Explorer windows is one where the shortcuts for the Windows Games are available. On the previous version of Windows Free Cell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Freeball, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Chess titans, Purble Place, Inkball games are included. Windows 8 don’t include any one of these games. You can download the various games for Windows Eight from the Microsoft store.

How to open Games in Windows Eight

1. Open Start screen.
2. Type “RUN‘ and open Run Window. (Clock on Windows Logo key + R to open run Windows from keyboard).
or Navigate to the address bar of the Windows Explorer.
3. Now type shell:games on the address bar of the Explorer Window or in the Run Window.
4. Hit “Enter“.
5. It will open the Games Explorer Window.

Note You will not find any games on that Window. All games (available in previous version) are removed in Windows 8. You need to go to “Microsoft Apps Store” to download the games for Windows Eight.

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  1. Dominik Grzywak says:

    Thanks 😀

  2. Owen Brass says:

    This is wrong because I have installed games and they are in the games explorer folder, but there is no easy way that I have found to access this folder, and the games that are in this folder do not show up in the games app. This is a problem that Microsoft are yet to address, if they ever do.

  3. Jeff says:

    That is so stupid that there is no internet checkers on windows 8 this is a waist of money
    how come yall cant leave classic features the same

  4. Patsy Murphy says:

    My husband loves the solitaire in Windows XP & 7 – Today is his birthday – I want to get it for him. We are very disappointed with the Windows 8 not having the Games Explorer. I will get it for him, if I knew where it is available. He does not like the games in the Windows 8. Disappointed Patsy Murphy

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