Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 21, 2013
Locating familiar games in Windows 8


re you having difficulty finding the games you
used to play such as Solitaire, Mahjong and FreeCell? They are still available for free, but you will need to download and install them first.

From your Start screen, locate and click the green Games tile. Here is where you can find games of all types, many of which are free or very low cost.

After clicking the Games tile, you will be taken into the Xbox Games area. If you scroll all the way to the left, you can customize your avatar, edit your profile, view your gaming achievements and share your profile with others.

To the right, you can also add friends to your profile. Click the “Add friend” icon, and enter their gaming tag. The gaming tag is their user name and you can see your own gaming tag at the top of your profile box to the left.

Now, move your cursor to the top-right until the Charm bar appears, and select “Settings” at the bottom. This is where you can further customize your gaming experience by setting your preferences, such as your billing if you choose to purchase games, your contact preferences and you can even rate and review the games you play.

To find familiar games such as Solitaire, FreeCell and Minesweeper, we will need to go into the Microsoft Store to download and install these programs. Go to the Start screen by pressing the Windows logo key on your keyboard. Click the “Store” tile. Once you are into the store, move your cursor to the top-right and on the Charm bar, select “Search.” Enter “Microsoft free” in the search field and press “Enter.”

Here you can select your favorite games to install by clicking the icon you desire and clicking “Install.” The game will be added to your Start screen.

Once you have installed your games and the tiles appear on your Start screen, you’ll notice when you go to the Start screen your gaming tiles are located all the way to the right. You can make them easier to access by clicking, holding and dragging the gaming tiles to the left for easier access in the future.


Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 12 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at

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