Running Classic Solitaire On Windows 10

Okay, what’s the big deal?

Running the classic Microsoft game Solitaire on Windows 10 requires only two files extracted from any Windows XP installation.

Files needed to run Solitaire on Windows 10

These two files (sol.exe and cards.dll), found in the C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder, placed in a folder together on a Windows 10 computer will allow users to play Solitaire.  No installation is needed.  Just double-click on the EXE file and it launches.

Windows 10 in VirtualBox running Solitaire

Windows 10 in VirtualBox running Solitaire (click to enlarge).

Winning Solitaire on Windows 10

Not a big deal!



Can I extract game files from Windows 7 and run them on Windows 10?


Copying the folders (Minesweeper, Solitaire, SpiderSolitaire) from the Windows 7 directory C: > Program Files > Microsoft Games and running the EXE file within these folders on Windows 10 results in the following error message:

Error message on Windows 10

Extracting game files from Windows XP is the simplest solution.



13 Responses to “Running Classic Solitaire On Windows 10”

  1. Jon Says:

    Works well, thanks.

  2. K.N. Says:

    Thank you for this information, will try later 2day for Spider & Hearts as well, this is the simplist solution I have found, I sure hope it works. Do you have a resolution for an older printer (HP 640C) installed on Win10 upgrade over Win7, I can only print the test page; anytime I try to print anything else only test page will print. Thanks again, K.

  3. KN Says:

    Hi Dr.,
    A BIG “Thank You” for the very easy fix on Solitaire, it worked for all. This was for my husband’s computer & it’s made life easier now (smile). The printer is another matter; I have been days unistalling & reinstalling, still the same prob. (had to take a break, to much stress). Had used the latter hp link, doesn’t help. Will try the c0465…; only the test page will print (repeatedly) or nothing at all. In some areas i.e. device… the printer is recognized in other area’s isn’t. Unsure if I’ve tried it at this juncture. I will let you know if it works. Printer is currently installed will unistall. Again, “thank you”.

  4. RR Says:

    I prefer the XP Solitaire game to succeeding versions. The card spacing is just right for efficient visualization of the game and the mouse controls are vastly superior. The cards are so easily manipulated. What a wonderful game! It’s indeed a shame that no scoring methodology has been worked out.

  5. super mario Says:

    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Keep up the nice quality writing. It’s rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  6. Rich Says:

    It did not work for me. I copied the 2 files sol.exe and cards.dll to my windows\system32 directory and I still get a missing Cards.dl warning.

  7. Ember Says:

    Great tutorial. Very well explained. I was able to get my all time favorite XP Classic Solitaire on my new Windows 10 laptop. Thanks a ton mate!

  8. Alma Says:

    Id have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  9. RandaJark Says:

    Thanks so much for the post.

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