Gaming, no matter at what level, has always been something Microsoft Windows users look forward to. Solitaire and Minesweeper have been two of the favorites of Windows users but in Windows 8, they are nowhere to be found. No game come preloaded in Windows 8 much to the dismay of those who loved to kill time with these two popular games.

Our guide shows you how to get Solitaire and Minesweeper in Windows 8 so you can continue playing while killing time.

How to get Minesweeper in Windows 8

In order to get Minesweeper in Windows 8, click “Store” on Metro.


Once open, you want to open the search feature by clicking “Windows Key + Q.”


Now, search for “Minesweeper.”


This will give you a wide variety of Minesweeper games available in the Windows Store, including paid and free versions.

For the traditional Minesweeper, you would find in Windows, click “Microsoft Minesweeper.”

Now, click “Install.”


Now, you have Microsoft Minesweeper on your computer


You can now play Minesweeper by clicking its Metro app.


How to get Solitaire in Windows 8

We will follow the same steps to get Solitaire for Windows 8. Open up the Store, then open search.

Search for “Solitaire.”


You can click on any solitaire program you want to play on Windows to read a little bit more about it and choose to install.

When ready, click “Install” to begin the process. This will install the app in Metro for your pleasure.


It will take a few moments to install the game onto your computer. You can view the progress from the upper right-hand corner of your screen.


Now, on your Metro screen, you will find Minesweeper and Solitaire ready to be played at your leisure.


All you have to do is click Solitaire to get started with playing in Windows 8.



Are games really that important in Windows 8?

The reason why games were taken out of Windows 8 from startup was to speed up the time it takes to install, boot and utilize other key features of the operating system. For those looking to play games like Solitaire and Minesweeper, you can easily get them back with this guide. If you are looking for something a little more, the Windows Store may have even more for you so you can get your game on in Windows 8.