Where Is Solitaire in Windows 8?
Thursday, 24 September 2020

 Since its introduction in 1990, Microsoft Solitaire has become one of the most famous computer games to date. 

 . It first came to light along with Windows 3.0 and instantly became essential in the life of every procrastinator ever. People of all ages, genders, and nationalities have been hooked by its simplicity and ability to keep them entertained for hours on end.  

The creation of this classic Windows digital card game meant to serve one purpose only: to soothe people intimidated by the new operating system. It might sound like a stretch, but keep in mind that, at that particular time, people were still overwhelmed by the recent evolution of computers and needed to practice their "drag and drop." 

A fun fact is that the creative mind behind our beloved virtual card game was actually Macintosh pioneer Susan Kare. Little did she know that her work would become such a popular relaxing tool for employees and bored students worldwide. Solitaire is among the three most used computer programs for Windows.  
Unluckily for many, and fortunately for all the productivity loving managers out there, this well-known game is no longer included in the Microsoft Windows default installation kit since 2012. This unexpected move leaves us, Windows 8 users, without our loyal leisure companion. If you miss solitaire, don't despair. There's still a way you'll be able to enjoy your favorite pastime on the newer versions of the Windows operating system.   

How to Get Solitaire in Windows 8 

Solitaire might no longer automatically appear on our fresh out of the box Windows computers, but not everything's lost. That's right. A truth unknown by many is that, when you upgrade your device to Windows 8, you can easily find the Solitaire game as a Metro app in the Windows Store and download it to your device without complications. Before you know it, it'll be like 1990 never left the group chat! 

If you're ready to spend your free time virtually organizing a shuffled deck of cards into four stacks based on their suit, keep reading. Fill up your days with some '90s nostalgia by following these simple steps:  

On Your PC  
  • Head to your computer's Start screen. 
  • Launch the Windows Store app. 
  • Go to the search bar. 
  • Type in: "Microsoft Solitaire Collection". 
  • Select the top option. 
  • Download it and let the fun begin!   
On Your Phone  
  • Head to the Google Play Store or Play Market. 
  • Type "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" into the search bar. 
  • Open the game's page by tapping on the Microsoft Solitaire Collection icon. 
  • Tap on the Install button. 
  • Wait for the download notification to appear.  
  • Wait for the installation to finish and get the party started!  

About Microsoft Solitaire Collection 

The revamped version of the classic Windows app has many perks. You can choose a theme to customize your gameplay area. You'll also be able to pick decks of various complexity levels. MSC features solvable decks, which means that you'll never have to get stuck and restart your game ever again. However, if you like a good challenge, you can always resort to the good old randomly shuffled decks and keep living on the edge. 

Microsoft Solitaire Collection includes various games, such as Klondike, Solitaire Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks. Klondike, AKA Classic Solitaire, is the standard, default game you know and love from past versions of Windows. To keep things exciting, MSC also offers daily challenges and events. As you complete them, you will earn badges. How cool is that?

Something to Keep in Mind 

The good news is that downloading and installing the Microsoft Solitaire Collection on your computer or phone is completely free. The bad news is that, while you don't have to spend a single cent, you'll be constantly interrupted by adds. To avoid this issue, you can get the premium version for $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year. 

Fortunately, there's a better option for you to enjoy Solitaire for Windows 8 on your device. Everything is just as you remember it. This version won't bother you with ads, and it runs on pretty much anything!


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