question from a non-gamer

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    davidhk129

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    Last time I played video games was about 2 years ago on my Play Station 2 consol, and I only played single shooter games.

    That tells you how much I know.

    Now I have Windows8.1, and I went to Store and installed 3 free games.... Hill climbing racing, 3rd floor Slot and Solitaire.

    Here is the silly question..... how do I access the games and play them?
    I went to Start page and I don't see those 3 games I installed.
    I went back to Store but I couldn't start a game there.

    What now?
     
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    OH!
    I found them. In Start page, I clicked at the "down" arrow ( just for the heck of it ) and hey!, there they were.
    How was I supposed to know that?
     
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    Not quite!!

    I managed to play the Hill climbing race, but when I tried the other 2 ( 3rd floor slot and Solitaire ), the game page appeared briefly and I was sent back to my desktop.
    What happened?
     
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    OK, for unknown reason, I am able to open the games and play them.
    No problem ..... for now.
     
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    It is obvious, from my posts, that I am a strong supporter of Windows 8/8.1.

    However, I am not so naïve, and I can see that Microsoft have been neglectful in information on how to actually use their product. But, on thought, I wonder how you could begin to explain to a first user, how to navigate, etc. in such a comprehensive product!
    But, keeping to the context of this thread, I have been extremely disappointed in the contents of the store. In the early Beta days of Windows 8, Microsoft were full of promises regarding the quality, and monitoring, of the products which would be in the store.

    Like yourself, I am not a game player. The only reasons I install and play games are, 1, For time passing (solitaire ,etc.) or 2. (This is not a lame excuse) to keep up to date with my grandchildren!
    I have, also partly for testing and experimentation, downloaded several small games and programs from the store. Without exaggeration, I would say that 60% of them have failed to work, or have been extremely buggy. The well known distributions, have come up to expectations, but the amateur efforts have been mostly trash.
    I made a decision that, unless I here that very substantial improvement has been made to the quality of the store items, I would continue, as always, to google for what I need , and stay with legacy desktop programs.
    The store has ,in addition, become so large and unwieldy, that it is, in any event, easier to google for anything which might interest a potential user.
     
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    Microsoft is well on its way to create for its app store the same aura of success and prestige as Hotmail had.
     
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    I agree, opening and then crashing straight to the desktop is a sign of a buggy app. If you paid for these games that crash, i would contact the seller or microsoft and ask for a refund due to the game not working.

    In their defense though, if youre running 8.1, it could just be that the developers didnt update their apps to be compatible with 8.1. In that case i would think they wouldnt even show up in the store but who am i to say right?
     
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    Just to finish off where I started.........
    1.After a program is installed from Store, go back to Start page
    2.At Start page, click the down arrow ( at bottom left)
    3. Scroll to find the installed program > right click > select Pin to Start
    4. The program will be listed in Start page.
    Now I can play those games without being sent back to desktop.

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    Out of curiosity how much were these games that you installed?
     
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    They are free.
     
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    Sweet. I will have to check them out.

    I found it odd they did not include solitaire in this version of windows, much less the other standard games.
     
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    You are not reading my posts, screenshots in particular. There is a solitaire.
     
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    As David says- Most of the games that were in earlier OSs, are available. If you look for, or type, "Microsoft Solitaire Collection", you will be taken to the download/install of the collection. Among others, it has an improved version of Solitaire/Klondyke
     
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    I did read your post, and was making a comment about the OS itself not including the games, not the app you found.
     
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    Airplayne, i think that was an attempt to limit the size of the initial install. I for one am glad they werent included, as I never play them and would have uninstalled them anyway.
     
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    I doubt they really took up that much space, considering they have been including most of the same games since Windows 3.1.
     
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    Just because theyre old doesnt mean theyre small. Chances are they suffered the same software bloat everything else has suffered.

    Even the lightest of programs, notepad and cal have grown in size. Its inevitable that games would have as well.
     
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    I can answer for windows 8.1. I have them installed. Just measured - 1.2 MBS +/-
     
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    Little or much space I hate to have installed games onto my hard drive because they can make too much cache junk and later is hard to delete because nobody really knows where such cache is stored.

    I just removed all the games my computer came from, but I'm still unsure if there are remaining. Wish I could find them and delete them all.

    I prefer to play online games of using my PlayStation console.
     
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    Ok, so i was wrong about the size. Bottom line is i dont care for the games and I dont want them taking up even a kb of harddrive space. My space is my preeeeccciooouussss
     
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