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Where is FreeCell in Windows 8?

Since the very first copy of Windows, there have been some default games that came with each copy of Windows. Games like Solitaire, Minesweeper, and eventually FreeCell. But Windows 8 doesn’t come with any games. Even if you upgrade your computer from Windows 7, the default Windows games are removed. Does Windows 8 provide any free games?

Yes, there are games you can get with Windows, but they don’t come preinstalled. You need to go and get them yourself. I imagine this was done to help companies that want to block the installing of games on their systems.

To get FreeCell, go to the Start Screen and type ‘FreeCell’, and then click on Store icon. One of the results should be the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection”. Download this “app” and you’ll see that it contains five single player card games and one of them is FreeCell. The other games are: Solitaire, Klondike, Spider Solitaire, TriPeaks and Pyramid.

  1. chiafunkito
    November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    this version is not as user friendly as previous versions of freecell

    • November 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I haven’t found it any less user friendly. The victory animations sure are more exciting.

      • Tony
        March 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        When did you start …..playing this game jader3rd ?????

        • March 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

          I started playing pretty regularly around ’98-’99.

      • Mike
        September 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

        The Windows Solitaire Collection automatically chooses your next move. I hate this! I like to play freecell on my own merits- not watch the computer play it for me. How can I reset the settings so that it will allow me to choose each move?

        • September 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

          What are you talking about?

      • Prismonic
        October 26, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        It’s far far far less user friendly. So many problems that slow you down, I can’t even play it.

    • Tony
      March 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Agreed chiafunkito

    • NickD
      September 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Also like old Freecell with a new Windows 8.1 box, not there. Is now, created a directory in Programs x86 named Freecell. Copied freecell.exe and cards.dll from my XP box into this directory, put a shortcut on the desktop. Double clicked on it, works perfectly. Just like on XP. Score counts and preferences all work.

      • Imran
        September 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        You are a star, truly knowledgeable man.

      • December 3, 2014 at 4:53 am

        I cannot find a folder or directory called “Programs x86” can you elucidate
        on this please?

        • Don Glenn
          December 31, 2014 at 4:59 am

          It is called Program Files (x86) and is in the C: drive.

      • James T Saint
        December 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm

        Great Solution Works perfectly. Best I have found on the internet. Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of the miserable app that was installed from the original solution. Best wishes

  2. is bad
    December 28, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Well for start you cant restart a game you are playing….

    • January 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      You can hold down Ctrl+Z just like you could in Vista and 7.

      • Dee
        August 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        I just tried Ctrl-Z and it is Undo. I am at an impasse in my freecell game, so I just want to leave that game and start a new one, but I can’t figure out how to do it. Even when I shut down my computer, when I come back to freecell, it’s right back where I left it. There’s no way to win the game I’m playing, but it also won’t let me quit.

        • August 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

          Right click, and select New Deal.

    • Tony
      March 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Agreed ….is bad

  3. Elaine
    January 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I never had to hold down Ctrl+Z to restart the game in Vista and didn’t know I COULD do that. So how would I know I could do that in Windows 8? Also, I hate the victory animations. A waste of time.

    • Tony
      March 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Elaine…..I totally agree,….The animations all through the ‘NEW’ GAME (Start new game and win or lose) are crap…….even screen display is very poor (not sharp)….. follow further comments below from me…….

  4. January 23, 2013 at 2:40 am

    The FreeCell in the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” really isn’t as user friendly as the old one from Win7 and its predecessors. One thing the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” version does not have is game numbering (and therefore no game selection). I really miss this because, since 1995, I have been working up through the games from number 1. I’ve tried re-using the old freecell.exe and cards.dll from Win7 but Win8 won’t let me register the DLL. I’ve spent hours trawling the Web for solutions and just can’t find one that works. This experience has really coloured my opinion of Windows 8 and the people who designed and packaged it.

    • January 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      In settings you can select Game Options and enter the game number you want to play.

      • Tony
        March 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        Hi again jader3rd…. being W8 users, we are now familiar with where setting are………….but as far as I can see, there is no real option/s to change anything…….do you know something more than the average bear…..if so it is time to help others………..Thanks in anticipation…..and Cheers

      • TexIrish
        September 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

        But the game numbers are not the same! Help

    • Tony
      March 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Graham….I feel the same way and have been working my way through each game and have been keeping records of wins, losses, times tried to win etc on a spread-sheet…..It is interesting that you say you have been playing this game since 1995…..”Well done mate and congratulations” !!!, As well, I feel that this version, (apparently designed for Windows 8 users) {users of the latest programing platform}, is in fact a major STEP-BACK in time (maybe back to 1995…..!!!!!),…… is a bloody insult to the intelligence of older and experienced players of previous versions, AND should be addressed asap.

      • V Ellis
        December 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

        I had a Excel file to keep track of the games and how many tries to win. Unfortunately when my computer got sick I lost a number of files and this was one of them. I recently started playing again with any game that came up and was able to win 100%.

    • November 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

      LOL I’m glad I’m not the only OCD person out there. I was also playing from #1 and was pretty high. it bores me to have no goal and the PC just chooses the game. No reason to play anymore.

    • December 8, 2013 at 12:57 am

      #11982 remains unsolved.

      • Jolanda
        May 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm

        Yes, I also couldn’t solve this number. I also have a file where I note all numbers and if I have solved them. About 98% I solved. I keep my old XP Computer for the Freecell game!

  5. January 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I agree with you Graham……Freecell is the only game I play…….hahaha!…..some day I will be world champion!!!!….after you, of course!!…hahah!

  6. Karen
    February 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How can you find out what suit a card is when it is under other cards in Windows 8 Freecell? Example, in Windows 7, you could right click on an ace and find out what suit it is. This does not work in W 8, so you may want the ace of hearts and get the diamond

    • Tony
      March 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      You are correct Karen……Even when playing Free-cell with (GOD forbid) REAL cards….LOL…we can lift and see the Aces hidden behind covering cards (to help guide and make decisions)….Also what has happened to the ‘DOUBLE-CLICK’ movement of transferring cards to the Free Cell/s…………As mentioned above in replies to other players/people of this blog……”I feel that this version, (apparently designed for Windows 8 users) {users of the latest programing platform}, is in fact a major STEP-BACK in time (maybe back to 1995…..!!!!!),…… is a bloody insult to the intelligence of older and experienced players of previous versions, AND should be addressed asap”.

      PS:…. Have we, as experienced and older players of this mind-challenging game, become victims of the internet and therefore must PAY for what was once free entertainment (even though the game/s came at an inclusive price of our PC ?)……and therefore are now delivered (via ‘FREE APPS’) a totally crap experience of what was once a very good sharp and responsive computer based game ????? What we see now is circa 1993……AND we as well have the most ANNOYING (bottom-screen add) that CAN NOT be turned off ….Cheers and good luck bloggers

    • June 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

      You can click or touch the card to have the stack below it show more of the card.

  7. Rod
    April 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm


    I agree. I have been playing the Vista/Windows 7 version of Freecell and feel a little cheated that I can’t have it on Win 8. The old version was versatile and did the job well. Rod

  8. klokkenrens
    April 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Put both files (cards.dll and frecell.exe) in the map \Windows\Program files (x86) and it will do the job.

  9. April 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I’ve also been playing the game for years and played in sequence only after I won a game. I feel like throwing a tantrum–I WANT MY OLD FREE CELL BACK!!!

  10. Doug
    May 22, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I’m also a Freecell adict. I’ve been playing Freecell since at least 1997 or 8 working up from game #1 to game 42024 with 9 games not playable (by me – yet). I hated the animated version in Windows Vista so I ported the old version over from my XP machine. Now I just bought a new laptop and could not get one with Windows 7 – was forced to get Windows 8 (damn Microsoft!) which I absolutely hate. The Freecell in W-8 is even worse than the one in W-Vista — Ugh!

    I tried copying freecell.exe and cards.dll from my old W98 (later NT, now W-2000) desktop PC into Program files (x86) as suggested above and it works fine but won’t go above game #32000. I will have to see if I can resurrect my W-Vista machine (it has a broken display) and do it from there. I think that will probably work

  11. tom
    May 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    How can I reset the win-losses on Windows 8 Freecell?
    I couldn’t understand after a few hundred games, why my win percentage wasn’t going up, then noticed win totals were going backwards

    • May 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Given that it’s tied to your Xbox profile I wouldn’t know. If there’s a way to reset your game stats of an Xbox game I think that would be how.

  12. Susan
    May 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

    How do I start a new freecell game in windows 8? I’m trying to help my mom get familiar with the commands but haven’t found anything that addresses something so simple. Thanks.

    • May 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

      In Settings->Game Options, enter the game number you want and hit ‘play’.

      • Robin
        May 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        When you have freecell on your screen, right click and a “new deal” option will appear on the lower right corner.

        • Dee
          August 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          THANK YOU ROBIN!!!!

  13. j
    June 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    free cell on windows 8 sucks beyond belief
    it has taken much of the fun out of having a new computer

  14. Matt
    June 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The previous versions of Windows have numbered games of freecell. I started with game #1 and want to continue where I left off. Do the games in Windows use the same numbers?

    • June 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      The game numbers are seeds for the random number generator that “shuffles” the deck. I don’t know if the random number generation algorithm is the same for WinRT as it is for Win32.

  15. hatewindows8
    June 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve never ever hated Microsoft so much as I do at the moment! What have you done with Freecell, you bunch of troglodytes? Why change something that was fairly good? What are your explanation for this utter crap? It’s bad, bad, bad and bad beyond belief! I want my freecell back, now!

  16. hatewindows8
    June 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Ooops! Sorry! It seems I complained in the wrong website 🙂 Je suis desolé. Merci. Au revoir 🙂

  17. dragon
    June 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I am going from windows 7 x32 to windows 8 x64. I tried the following with no success.

    Put both files (cards.dll and frecell.exe) in the map \Windows\Program files (x86) and it will do the job.

    Is it because I am going from an x32 to an x64, and if so is there any fix.

  18. dragon
    June 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    going from windows vista x32 to windows 8 x64

    sorry for the confusion!

  19. July 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I do not like the new version of Freecell at all. Very awkward to start and unplesant to play. Give me the simple original for quick sanity checks.

  20. gommie
    August 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Who can get to someone at Microsoft and get an answer about the sorry Free Cell on Windows 8. I ditto all the dissatisfied remarks above: whoever designed Windows 8 to be used on a deskop PC was coming out of a bad nightmare.

  21. Per
    August 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Swipe from right to left when you have Freecell started. Then choose the second option and there you can put in the game number.

  22. Don
    August 15, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Right off the bat you lost me. You say to go the Start screen. How the hell do you get to the start screen?

    • August 15, 2013 at 7:28 am

      You press the Windows Key. It’s on your keyboard, usually on the left side between the ctrl key and the alt key. Been there for decades. Or you can swipe down from the upper corner and hit the windows icon. Or you can move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen and click.

  23. yekbarz
    August 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    In order to have the same old FreeCell on windows 8, from your win XP, right click on FreeCell shortcut then property then find target , which probably will get you to “system32” folder,copy “freecell.exe and cards.exe” ,put them in a folder on windows 8 and done!!
    play FreeCell again.

    • Droflet
      November 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Great! It worked first time!

  24. Dorothy
    September 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I have got this far and the screen comes up saying that I own this app. Problem is that I can’t see a ‘start’ button or find it in any of the hot spots. ASll my other apps work fine. only had windows 8 for 10 days.

    • September 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Somebody would have had to have gone out of their way to disable the hotcorners. Perhaps you installed a third party app which did so.
      There’s always the Windows Key to the left of the space bar. I’ve been using that since Vista and have only rarely used the Windows button on the screen since then.

  25. September 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Hate,hate windows 8. Had freecell now I don’t. Followed instructions on how to retrieve it but,when it came to step 5 (windows feature on/off) it said click on games. games are not listed .Does anyone know what to do now? Or is there another way?

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Games being a Windows feature is part of Windows Vista and 7, not 8.

  26. September 27, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Wow–I thought I was the only Freecell addict. I’ve had the same laptop with XP for the past 11-12 years, and I lost track how many thousands of games I had played. That and Spider Solitaire. I’ve never played any other version. I just got this brand new laptop with Windows 8 and was just going to follow jader3rd advice and download the Microsoft version. Can I get the XP version from somewhere else?

    • September 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      This is the only way to get the Microsoft version of FreeCell. I know there are other FreeCell games in the Marketplace if you want to try those out.

  27. Alan Birmingham
    October 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    If you open a freecell game in Windows 8 and press F5, you can enter a game no. of your choice.

  28. Edward
    October 23, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Good comments. I have just upgraded to 8.1 and there are lots of alterations from users suggestions. I got up to game 9657 and when I got my new computer was sad that I could not continue. However Rick Maybury of the Sat Telegraph has a way of downloading the old freecell and installing on W8. See his col July 20

  29. William Wambolt
    December 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    need to come up with a simple way of installing the original freecell on 8.the old windows games that are available for 8 are not nearly like the games we played on xp,vista etc.

  30. Gene Deahl
    December 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I wish Microsoft would listen to the customer. Its bad enough having to put up with 8 but lose my freecell? I think its a plot by Apple to get us to change and it may work. I never thought I would say that I missed my “Vista”. It was poo but it had the old freecell.

    • December 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Microsoft did listen to the customers. They brought in many people, and did studies, and saw how people were using computers, and how they changed behaviors between XP, Vista and 7, and made changes for all.
      True, there’s a loud minority of people who don’t like the changes, but the vast majority don’t mind and might actually kind of like the Win 8 more than previous versions of Windows, but it’s not enough to go and shout out about it. But the people who really are mad shout loudly.

  31. don
    December 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Microsoft just wants the money. It’s all about the money.
    Freecell isn’t nearly as user friendly in any Windows 8 version as it was with XP. The primary reason I don’t like it is that you cannot choose the game that you want to play.
    The primary reason I do not like Windows 7 and 8 is that the operating system takes too much control of my PC and makes me do things the way Microsoft wants me to do them, and not the way I want to do them. My next PC will definitely be an Apple.

    • December 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Microsoft is a company. The purpose of a company is to make money.
      If you’re talking about picking a game number, you can do that in Settings -> Game options.
      Apple has always been way more about controlling the end user experience than Microsoft has been or will be. Windows is just one ingredient into the recipe that’s your computer. The OEM is responsible for how all of the different ingredients go together in the product they are selling to you.

  32. mike
    December 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Microsoft are in trouble. They don’t care about long term customers. They underestimate how taking away freecell, office starter, the convenient program selector at the bottom left, etc. ping people off.
    Some people will like W8 particularly if they were brought up with touch screen phones. The rest of us will only be missed when profits start to fall.
    Such is life

    • December 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

      I wasn’t brought up with a touch screen anything and I like Windows 8.

  33. Thomas Conner
    January 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

    It’s mostly about selling us something . I can’t down load free cell without downloading 3 or 4 others and all the advertisements , trying to get me to up grade. It gets worse all the time . It’s not worth it . The withdraws have gotten less now , so I’m sure there are other more productive things I can do .

    • January 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I don’t recall ever seeing an add unless I do one of the daily challenges. Given that the daily challenges requires connecting to a service (which somebody has to pay for) it doesn’t seem that unfair to see an add to do that. But if you never do a Daily Challenge and only play FreeCell (and perhaps see how you rank against your friends) you’ll never see an ad.

  34. Marcia
    February 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    The few games that were included in Windows 7 are no longer available, bummer. I loved playing FreeCell and Solitaire. In addition Windows 8 does not support Zune. It was so easy to navigate with Zune, pictures, music etc.. Now I don’t know what program or if the even is one that will do the same thing as Zune, move info, pictures and music from computer to phone and phone to computer. In addition no one with Microsoft and/or Windows can tell me what program is comparable with Zune or if there is any program with Windows 8. I am getting really frustrated and don’t like giving up anything. .

    • February 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I have had no issues running Zune on my 8\8.1 computers. Nothing is stopping you from having the same Zune experience on Windows 8, that you had with previous versions of Windows.

  35. February 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Bought a new laptop with Win 8. Windows store does not work. Neither the store Icon or finding it with browser search. Just gives blank white screen now or messages about server connection time out, etc
    Been trying to get on the store for a week now..

  36. Lisa
    February 24, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Is a Microsoft Account required in order to install the Microsoft Solitaire Collection? There is no option to skip that step in the Create a new account screen.

    • February 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

      There are ways to not have a Microsoft Account for Windows 8. They do make it kind of difficult as part of the Windows 8 to 8.1 upgrade, but it is doable. I don’t know what it’s like doing a fresh 8.1 install though. I currently run all of my systems with a non-Microsoft Account that’s the local administrator, that I never sign in as. Everyone else who signs into one my computers signs in with their own Microsoft Account, and all of those are standard users.
      But even if you do sign in as a local user, you can’t access the Microsoft/Windows Store without a Microsoft Account. Plus when you start the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, it will sign into Xbox games, and associate your playing with you gamer tag.

  37. Lou
    February 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    The W8 version of Freecell sucks! And if W8 is so good why is MS working on bringing out a new version that is much more similar to 7? Personally I can’t wait, W8 might be a computer techie’s dream but it’s not designed for the average person who is a mouse and keyboard user.

    • Rosemary
      November 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      has anyone told you about http://www.classicshell.net. You can download the original start menu which includes the older version of Freecell. Have fun.

      • Jefrank
        August 10, 2015 at 8:56 am

        I think that only works if you already have the Freecell files and other game files on your computer. Classic Shell isnt supplying those files, only letting you access them if you have them.

  38. March 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Just get the XP freecell: http://qatsi.ath.cx/susy/?p=84

    • March 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I remember when Vista came out my brother was really grateful that FreeCell got updated, because he had people telling him that FreeCell wasn’t as fun as Solitaire because the XP Solitaire had an ending animation and the FreeCell did not.

    • judy
      March 24, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I just used this link to download the Free-cell game. The game has the help and easily goes from number to number for game selection. My statics of course have now started at zero, but that is actually OK for me now that I am more experienced with the game. They should improve! The game is loaded in the German language and that’s OK as well. Everything is in the same place.
      A bit OT, but can do you have a link for Minesweeper as well? I have loaded the XP Solitaire directly from the maker of the game – if anyone interested –solitairexp.com.
      I, like others started playing from game 1 in Free cell and wanted to continue all the way. I was thrilled to see the old Free cell, with normal sized cards.
      Thanks for this easy link.

    • dave
      April 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      thanks for the info. followed the link and got the article: “I have put these 2 files online at http://qatsi.ath.cx/diverse/freecell_xp/
      The files can’t saved straight to the system folder, first saved them anywhere Windows allows it and then move the files to the system folder.”
      Downloaded both files to ‘downloads’ and moved them to ‘system32’. Dbl clk on freecell gives a msg: CARDS.dll needed,reinstall. Since cards.dll is there I’m stumped. Created a new folder (freecell) under System32 and put both files there. Same msg. Any suggestions?

  39. Lou Pusey
    March 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    My problem with W8 and its version of Freecell and other solitaire games is in order to download and play them I have to give MS my e-mail address. I wouldn’t give the designers of some of the most un-user friendly software known to mankind and the largest crook and blackmailer in modern civilization, Bill Gates, my e-mail address if my life dependent on it! For starters read their very carefully worded, in their favor, disclaimer very carefully.

    • March 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I write software and by posting that comment you just gave me your email address. Plus given that there’s no limit to the number of emails one person can have, I’m sure your capable of hiding your true identity from the team that wrote a casual game.

  40. April 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You say to click on Start and type Free Cell, but where? All I see are icons for stuff I’m not even interested in.

    • April 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      On your keyboard, in between tge alt and ctrl keys.

      • April 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

        Thank you. I read somewhere in these comments that you write software. May I suggest a huge market for an operating system called Windows for Seniors. I hate the new Free Cell and what passes for Spider Solitaire. Everything is written for the techie, nothing for those of us who love Windows XP and don’t want to change. Every time I click something on this new computer, some screen comes up telling me I need to upgrade something. I just bought it…why do I need to upgrade anything?

  41. Scott
    April 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    is there a way to download windows 7 games (freecell) to my new windows 8?

    • rufus frog
      August 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

      I spoke too soon. Malware ‘adchoices’ seems to have arrived and I think this download is the most likely source. (sigh)

  42. AsPika2219
    May 13, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Poor Windows 8…. My father will cry because no FREECELL…. Until stay with Windows 7 forever…. or wait for Microsoft return it back all oldies games right now!!! 🙂

    • May 13, 2014 at 5:35 am

      Really? Given that you seem to not want your father to cry, you seem perfectly capable to help him download a free game.

      • May 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

        I found Free Cell and Spider Solitaire in Windows 8 under Xbox games. They want you to register, but I said no, so they let me in anyhow. Don’t understand it, but there is a way you can put in the number for the Free Cell game. I think it’s under Menu, but not sure. I’ve been trying to win that pesky 11982 but haven’t yet. You can go back and undo all your moves until you win. I’m not interested in the other stuff…Klondike and I can’t remember what all.

        • Scott
          May 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

          I am trying to find out how to download windows 7 version of Freecell onto my new windows 8. Any suggestions for the old version of freecell? It is NOT AVAILABLE FROM THE MS STORE, ONLY NEW VERSIONS, SO PLEASE NO MORE SUGGESTIONS INVOLVING THE MS STORE!

          • May 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm

            I had no idea it was the MS store. I am clueless on a computer and if you know a way to download the ‘old’ Free Cell, I will be anxious to hear about it. I don’t like the new one, but it’s better than nothing. Much prefer the old style.

            • Scott
              May 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm


            • Rosemary
              November 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm

              download http://www.classicshell.net. It will give you the start menu and to my surprise also included the original freecell game. Have fun!!

          • Rosemary
            November 2, 2014 at 11:16 pm

            If you download http://www.classicshell.net you will find the original Freecell in the start menu. Enjoy!!

  43. Jebus
    June 8, 2014 at 8:51 am

    just for fun for you guys that play by the game number, type in game # -1 🙂

  44. Stan
    June 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Help me please. My win count on freecell (xbox version) has reached 3000 (100%) and no longer increments. Can anyone tell me how to reset the count in Win 8??

  45. Stock
    July 8, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I think that removing the freecell program that was on windows 7 is a big mistake. I have been playing freecell for years and like the fact that you can play the games in sequence. This is the only reason I have stuck with Microsoft from the first platform 3.1. You can be sure that my next computer will be an Apple. They are far superior to a Microsoft computer but I was willing to suffer this just to have FREECELL. GOOD BY MICROSOFT, you have lost a customer.

  46. Paul Johnson
    July 13, 2014 at 6:14 am

    My big beef with Freecell now is that my game scores no longer increment! I have tried uninstalling the App and then reinstalling it, but it just alternates between me having played one game. and no games. Has anyone else had this bug on Win 8, and does anyone know how to get round it?

    • July 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

      That is a legitimate beef. Was this a computer that had Windows 8, and then you upgraded to 8.1? I’ve had issues with the upgrading screwing up permissions, and the issue could be permissions related. You’re more likely to be able to get help from the Microsoft Solitaire http://forums.xbox.com/gfw/xbox_on_windows/l-o/f/3066.aspx help forums.

      • Paul Johnson
        July 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

        Yeah, I did upgrade to 8.1, but ages ago – well before I started using the app. It worked fine for about 130 or so games, and then I noticed it was just not incrementing. I cleared the stats and then it started to alternate between one and zero games played. That’s when I deleted the app. Rebooted. Reinstalled. No change. Now I always have 100%! Showing on zero or one games. Might try the Microsoft forum as you suggest.

      • Paul Johnson
        July 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

        This is apparently a known problem with Freecell, since the middle of June 2014. Microsoft trying to fix. Thanks for the tip!

    • Rosemary
      November 2, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      download http://www.classicshell.net which gives you a start menu. I just did and to my surprise there was the original freecell. Good luck.

  47. Malcolm
    August 5, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I have just bought a new computer with Windows 8.1. I was devastated to discover that the free games of freecell, solitaire and mahjong are no longer included. I tried the freecell app and it is DREADFUL. No thanks! I tried copying the freecell game from my Windows 7 computer but I cannot get it to run on Windows 8.1. I have now installed Ubuntu Linux on my new computer and it has good free games of freecell, solitaire and mahjong. I use Ubuntu nearly all the time now. Windows 8.1 is a step backwards – a really bad mistake, Microsoft!

  48. September 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

    We can no longer use numbers to control the cards….
    Well, damn ://
    And loading time annoys me a little :(( but I admit the graphic effects are much higher. Overall, I want to play the old version ;p

  49. ChaHan
    September 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    The 5 games in Windows 8 are awful – and so is Windows 8 entirely…. awful!

    • September 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      There aren’t any games in Windows 8; that’s why I wrote this blog post. To show people how to get games on their Windows 8 computer.

  50. October 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    jader3rd, thanks for a great platform for us to ‘vent’ on. What really got to me was that I just bought my wife a new laptop with win 7 64 bit. I picked it because I knew people were upset with 8 and 8.1 games. My laptop is 7 and has games. To my surprise her new one did not have games. (I know games were pulled from 8 and 8.1 because of corporation pressure, not wanting employees playing games). So i got onto Microsoft site and opened a chat session with them to ask about win 7 not having the games. The store employees all said just download the games from Microsoft. BUT – in chat I was told that all of the xp and early win 7 games were in fact on my new computer, but the files were hidden. They then told me to go to control panel and turn on the games by putting an x in the games box (a couple of steps) and WOW there they were. So all the time they were taking up space and had I followed the sales peoples advise I would have taken up space to possibly download inferior quality games. I have been with computers since 1962, so if anyone wants a copy of win 3.1 on 3.1 and a half inch disks, I’m your man. Also excel and word almost all versions. Thanks again Jader you have done a fine job here. Russ

  51. Rick
    November 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Is there any free cell downloads that let you keep a record of streaks (won and lost)
    This is my main use of my Windows 8 desktop. I upgraded from 7 to 8 on my laptop and of course what I had (freecell) was taken away from me. So I paid to have something removed ??

    One major reason I so dislike Windows 8

    I will have to hang on to my desktop for as long as I can – unless Windows 10 rectifies

  52. Rick
    November 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Woops I meant to say “my main use of my Windows 7 desktop”

  53. Rosemary
    November 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    My new computer is Windows 8 – hate, hate, hate. Especially loved the old freecell when computer was slow and finally found it. Just go to http://www.classicshell.net and you will be able to download a start menu like on the older Windows. I just did and to my amazement it included the original Freecell. Obviously you have to start from scratch, but at least I have it now.

  54. joe68blough
    November 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    isn’t there a way to get free card games that don’t require windows store or an outlook email account? I don’t like windows store. it elevated itself to admin and demoted me to user, and it’s my computer! I’m old school when it comes to card games.

    • November 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Sure there’s a way. Nothing is stopping you from downloading any .exe that you want.
      There’s no way the Windows Store changed you from an admin to a standard user. It would be really nice if it did do that. It’s really the best way to manage your computers. I know that’s what I do. There’s an admin account on each computer, that never gets logged into and is not attached to a Microsoft Account. Then all of the members of my family (including me) sign in with our Microsoft accounts, and as standard users. Even had it setup like that for Vista and 7 (but without the Microsoft Account aspect to it).

  55. Rick Davies
    November 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Re “Nothing is stopping you from downloading any .exe that you want.”

    But where can you get the Freecell that was with Windows 7
    I have tried a few web versions but they don’t keep a tally of wins and losses IN A ROW (streaks I think that is called)

    • November 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I don’t know. This is a blog post about finding the one that Microsoft provides.

    • joe68blough
      November 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      couldn’t you just copy them from an old windows cdrom?

  56. Rick Davies
    November 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I thought copying them from the Windows 7 CD rom was a good idea. So I found it and view it and searched it but I only found 1 exe file and it was nothing to do with games or freecell.

    • joe68blough
      November 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      I was thinking of trying to copy them from an xp or 98 cd rom…

      • Rick Davies
        November 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

        Long gone, Joe
        But if you have them and you find it I would be really interested

        • joe68blough
          November 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm

          I have the hard drive of my xp computer, there is nothing wrong with it, I took the drive out and recycled the computer. so I still have the card games on my old drive. I could probably connect it temporarily and copy them over at some point.

  57. Rick Davies
    November 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Well that sound like a good plan although a fair bit of trouble. My desktop is Windows 7 and freecell is on it but I can’t find the exe file for it. It’s a great game the way it is and I would hate to think that as future versions of Windows come out it will be lost forever

  58. Don
    December 31, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I don’t know what is meant by Windows X Box.

  59. January 23, 2015 at 1:03 am

    the freecell that is part of the Solitaire collection uses xbox connection, so it won’t work without a working internet connection.

    • January 23, 2015 at 5:43 am

      Given that the vast majority of my playing is on a bus when I have no connection, I know for a fact that the basic FreeCell game works with no internet connection.

  60. Ian Ramsay
    February 14, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I am really, really disappointed and angry that we have lost the old FreeCell and Hearts. THey were great to play whilst the new ones are ponderous

  61. Susan Scott
    April 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I agree. This FreeCell sucks, like they all do in the Store selection. The Windows 7 one had the best options and features. why doesn’t Microsoft know a good thing when it has it? things seem to be dumbed down in Windows 8.1. I am beginning to be sorry I didn’t switch to a Mac, especially because the two main reasons I stayed I the world of Windows were for FreeCell and for the excellent Word.

  62. Peter Janits III
    May 26, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Don’t have, and don’t want Windows Store account. Now how do I get freecell? or do I just go back to 7?

  63. Player
    July 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Thank you. That was really helpful. Now, where will it have downloaded? How do I find it?

  64. Rick Davies
    July 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    The biggest problem with the store one is that it does not keep a record of how many wins in a row – and that is what I play the game for

  65. August 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    The versions available in Win 8 are terrible

  66. Lindsay
    September 13, 2015 at 1:39 am

    We have all been sucked into the vortex, Windows 8 has too much information about your computer and what we are using it for, being retrieved by Microsoft and other software suppliers. Future Operating Systems from MS & Apple will be even worse! (Watch out for Windows 10) I also am a keen Freecell player and started at 1 and continued on! I have my original XP OEM disc and will be keeping an older computer to run it on.

  67. Mary Driscol
    February 3, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I also would like a Senior App version of windows. Just upgraded to W 10 and now REGRET it;; especially miss the old freecell version. Hope something works to restore that. AARP has the game, but is bad version of it. MAD AT MICROSOFT!!!

  68. Shirley
    May 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    l like to find ae Freecell as I have been playing on it since it came out I started with number 1 to number37776 now it will not let me play it

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