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Windows 7: One Microsoft game works, but none of the others

23 Jan 2012   #1
debodun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
One Microsoft game works, but none of the others

I bought a CPU (already custom built - attached are the system specs, if you need to see them) from a local computer repair shop. It came with several Microsoft games (Chess Titans, Minesweeper, Mahjong, Solitaire, Hearts, etc). The Chess Titans works perfectly, but when I click on any of the other games, it looks like the game is starting, but the this message pops up "Executable has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly." I went in search of troubleshooting suggestions. So far I have tried turning off the games processes, rebooting, then turning them on again and rebooting. I also ran an sfc /scannow. None of these procedures fixed the problem. What could be the problem and is it fixable (assume I am not too computer savvy). Thanks.




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23 Jan 2012   #2
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Um, have you installed DirectX?

Download: DirectX End-User Runtime - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Use that link and download the DX installer, and let it install DX9, then try again. Also check that your GPU (graphics) drivers are up to date.
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23 Jan 2012   #3
debodun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nope, no go on the games. Same pop-up message.
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24 Jan 2012   #4
debodun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I found a solution - I had to copy the games folder from Program Files into Program Files(x86) folder, then change the compatibility settings. They were set to run in Vista and I changed it to Windows 7 and they worked.
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25 Jan 2012   #5
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ah, well, glad you sorted it out then
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30 Jan 2012   #6
colbster

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debodun View Post
I found a solution - I had to copy the games folder from Program Files into Program Files(x86) folder, then change the compatibility settings. They were set to run in Vista and I changed it to Windows 7 and they worked.

thanks for this. Known windows 7 64 bit problem solved by this man right here.

No fix posted anywhere for this, except here. Had to refine my search over and over to finally find this.

thanks again debodun. simple yet effective.
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10 Feb 2015   #7
wronghanddan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
You are smarter than microsoft crews

after trying to use my dell optiplex 745 refurbished out of the box, then adding my dead emachine hdd, windows games did not work. went to intel update, went to micro for help and went through many fors of 'help'. nothing i tried helped. this was embarassing because i spent almost 25 years suppoprting hundreds of computers at work, many customised to run factory machinery. i used your method. success! thank youi.
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