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    After years of using XP, I am used to using the Run dialog box to run many programs, including Solitaire.

    But when I type in Solitaire in the Run dialog box on Windows 7 it can't find it, issuing the mesage "Windows cannot find 'Solitaire'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, then try again"

    Of course I have checked my spelling and yes, I searched the widows directory and verified that Solitaire.exe is indeed there. Its named Solitaire.exe now in Windows 7, renamed from SOL.exe in Win XP days.

    I can run it from the All Programs\Games\Solitaire menu just fine, so why doesn't Windows 7 know about Solitaire from the Run dialog box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglarson View Post
    After years of using XP, I am used to using the Run dialog box to run many programs, including Solitaire.

    But when I type in Solitaire in the Run dialog box on Windows 7 it can't find it, issuing the mesage "Windows cannot find 'Solitaire'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, then try again"

    Of course I have checked my spelling and yes, I searched the widows directory and verified that Solitaire.exe is indeed there. Its named Solitaire.exe now in Windows 7, renamed from SOL.exe in Win XP days.

    I can run it from the All Programs\Games\Solitaire menu just fine, so why doesn't Windows 7 know about Solitaire from the Run dialog box?

    The search box when you first open the Start Orb will do what you are accustomed to using the Run dialogue box for. Just type Solitaire into the Search box and press enter. This is actually one less step. Or better yet simply create a shortcut to Solitaire. Right click the desktop and select Creat Shortcut and follow instructions. Cuts the open to one click instead of 2 or 3.

    Be advised, you may actually have to index your PC the first time. You can choose what folder to include in the indexing and it does take a while that first time.
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    Look at your 'start menu ' properties by right clicking the taskbar.

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    These settings run it on my PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dglarson View Post
    I can run it from the All Programs\Games\Solitaire menu just fine, so why doesn't Windows 7 know about Solitaire from the Run dialog box?
    That is one of the reasons the Run command is not visible on the Start menu by default. To use the Run command in Win7, you have to enter the full path to Solitaire to get to the shortcut, and then you have to double click it to start the game. Your are much better off using the Start Menu search box as Ted suggested, to start programs in Windows 7.
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    In XP, sol.exe was located in c:\windows\system32, which meant that is was in the PATH and thus findable via the Run dialog. In Win 7, solitaire.exe moved to c:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Solitaire, which is not in the PATH. You could always add that path to PATH (under Computer | Properties | Advanced Properties, but I would not suggest messing with that unless you know what you are doing - you can really mess your system up if you do something wrong!), but the best solution is what Ted recommended: hit the Windows Key and type sol, it should be the top choice.

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