April 2015 - Hawkdive

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Microsoft Games like Spider Solitaire or Hearts does not work

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 0
If you are having trouble playing or running Microsoft classic games on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 and you are getting any of the following error messages or you are not able to open any of the classic games like Spider Solitaire,Hearts or Minesweeper, then here is the best and complete troubleshooting for you which is already tested and guaranteed solution for such issues. 

You might find one of these error message or situation when trying to open or play Microsoft Classic Games .

Issues:

"Hardware acceleration is either disabled or not supported by your video card driver make sure you have the latest video card driver installed and that the hardware acceleration is turned on."


Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work


"The standard games that come with Windows 7 will not run.  I have tried "Turn Windows Features on and off" and the SFC /scannow command (as admin).  The games start for a brief second ( I can see them in Task manager) then die."

"Your graphic card or driver does not support OpenGL hardware acceleration. Make sure you have the latest graphic driver installed."

"Your hardware configuration does not meet minimum specifications needed to run the application.The application must close."

"Error: Hardware Acceleration is Disabled. Software emulation is in use."


Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work

"Some features may not be fully supported by the video card and driver on this computer."


Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work

"No 3D Hardware Acceleration Found"

"Application failed because of missing component d3dx9_33dll."

" DirectX error"

"DirectDraw or INTDirectdraw error"

" My minesweeper, hearts, solitaire & freecell apps do not work. they load up, then when I try to start a game, it goes into "not responding" mode. when I force the game to shut down, I get the message "Executable for (name of game) is not working."

I cannot play games at all, the only one I can play is FSX but still it loads for like 30 minutes at a time (It says it does not respond but then it starts)"

Troubleshooting:


Steps to resolve issues with Microsoft Classic Games



Method 1:

Let’s first try opening the game(s) from the source folder (Program Files) and check what happens.

Navigate to the following location on your hard disk:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games

Try and open the game(s) and check what happens.

Method 2:

Disable and enable the games using the “Turn Windows features on or off” feature.

To turn on Windows Games

Click on the Start button and select Control Panel, click Programs, and then, under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.Select the Games check box, and then click OK.

Note: Uncheck Games and restart the computer to disable the games. Re-check the same and restart to enable the games.

Method 3:

Perform aSystem File Checker (SFC) scan on your computer. SFC toolscans system files and replaces incorrect versions of the system files by using the correct versions.


  1. To do this, click on the Start, type Command Prompt or cmd in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
          sfc /scannow


The sfc /scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.
The %WinDir% placeholder represents the Windows operating system folder. For example, C:\Windows.

Note:- Do not close this Command Prompt window until the verification is 100% complete. The scan results will be shown after this process is finished.

Refer the following article for more information on using SFC toolto troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files:

How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833

If the problem is still not fixed Move on to Method 4

Method 4:

Download and run Microsoft Fix it for Diagnosing and fixing issues with Windows games automatically

Download this Fix It

What it fixes

  • Add-ons that make Internet Explorer (IE) slow.
  • Video card driver issues such as not running the latest video driver.
  • DirectX 9.0 problems.


Method 5:

Check for any conflict with any third party software

This might be happening if any of the third party application is conflicting with the smooth running of the games. To help troubleshoot this issue, you can start Windows 7 by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This kind of startup is known as a "clean boot." A clean boot helps eliminate software conflicts.

The steps to be performed in clean boot are given below:

1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has administrator rights.

2. Click Start, type msconfig.exe in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER to start the System Configuration Utility.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

3. On the General tab, click Selective Startup, and then click to clear the Load startup items check box. (The Use Original Boot.ini check box is unavailable.)

4. On the Services tab, click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then click Disable all.

5. Try to Play the Microsoft Classic Games now and see if they are working, if not move to the next Method.

Method 6:

Check for hardware issues

1. Temporarily disable the sound card. Disabling the sound card will help you determine if the sound card is the cause of the problem. To temporarily disable your sound card, follow these steps:
  • Open Device Manager by clicking on the Start button and selecting Control Panel, clicking System and Security, and then, under System, clicking Device Manager.‌ 
  • Double-check Sound, video, and game controllers to expand the section.
  • Right-click your sound card, and then click Disable.
  • If disabling the sound card resolves this issue, contact your computer manufacturer for more troubleshooting steps.


2. Check for outdated hardware driver and update the drivers from windows update or from manufacturer's website.

3. Adjust your display settings. One of the most common causes of performance problems is video card settings.

3a . Reduce your monitor's resolution

On some computers, very high resolutions require a lot of system resources to display properly. If you notice problems at high resolutions, try lowering the resolution until the problems disappear.

Open Screen Resolution by clicking on the Start button and select Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.

In the left pane, click Adjust resolution.

In the Resolution list, click the resolution you want, and then click Apply.Try to open the Microsoft Classic Games.

3b. Turn off automatic resizing in programs that aren't designed for high–DPI display
If you set the dots per inch (DPI) higher than 96, and you're running the Aero desktop experience, the text and other items on the screen might appear blurry in some programs that aren't designed for high–DPI display. To avoid this problem, follow these steps:

To make text and on-screen items clearer in programs that aren't designed for high DPI

Open Screen Resolution by right clicking on the desktop and selecting screen resolution then click on the option make text and other items larger or smaller and then in the left pane, click Set custom text size (DPI).  Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

In the Custom DPI Setting dialog box, select the Use Windows XP style DPI scaling check box, and then click OK.

3c. Try the Display Quality troubleshooter

You can try using the Display Quality troubleshooter to automatically find and fix some common display problems.

Open the Display Quality troubleshooter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. In the left pane, click View all, and then click Display Quality.  Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.


3d. Reduce Display Hardware Acceleration

1. Click Start Menu, type DESK.CPL in the “Start Search” box and press Enter.
2. Click “Advanced Settings” button.
3. Click “Troubleshoot” tab, click “Change settings” button.

Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work

4. Change the Hardware acceleration to “None”.
5. Click OK to confirm.
If your Microsoft Classic games still does not work move on to the next Method.

Method 7:

If all the above steps does not help check the Direct X and troubleshoot problems with Direct X.Before troubleshooting Direct X you must know what Direct X is and what is it used for?

DirectX is an application program interface (API) for creating and managing graphic images and multimedia effects in applications such as games or active Web pages that will run in Microsoft's Windows operating systems. (Such an application program might be written in C++, or Visual C/C++, or Java.) The capability to "play" DirectX applications comes as an integrated part of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser. (A 3-D player is optionally downloadable.). Originally, the names of these APIs all began with Direct, such as Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectMusic, DirectPlay, DirectSound, and so forth. The name DirectX was coined as shorthand term for all of these APIs (the X standing in for the particular API names) and soon became the name of the collection. When Microsoft later set out to develop a gaming console, the X was used as the basis of the name Xbox to indicate that the console was based on DirectX technology.


DirectX consists of five components:

  1. DirectDraw, an interface that lets you define two-dimensional images, specify textures, and manage double buffers (a technique for changing images)
  2. Direct3D, an interface for creating three-dimensional images.
  3. DirectSound, an interface for integrating and coordinating sound with the images
  4. DirectPlay, a plug-in for end users, is also used by developers to test their application
  5. DirectInput, an interface for input from I/O devices.



DirectX includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX APIs.The latest and most updated version of direct x is direct X 11.2 released on October 18, 2013 for Windows 8.1 and windows Server 2012 R2.


Dxdiag

DxDiag ("DirectX Diagnostics") is a diagnostics tool included with DirectX which is used to view system information and test DirectX functionality and troubleshoot video- or sound-related hardware problems. DirectX Diagnostic can save text files with the scan results.

It gives detailed information regarding your computers graphics, sound and other devices related to gaming. It can be a valuable tool in determining things like hardware specifications such as for determining if your computer meets the minimum system requirements for a game.For Microsoft Classic Games to be working You must have DirectDraw, Direct3D, and AGP Texture Acceleration enabled.

Now to check if the Direct X, Display Driver and the Sound Driver of your Computer is working fine open Direct X diagnostic tool by typing Dxdiag at run and See if all the Direct X features are enabled as shown in the picture below.If anyone of these is not enabled try updating the display driver or reinstall the original version from computer manufacturer's website.

Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Direct X Features 

Check your video card.

Some programs run very slowly—or not at all—unless Microsoft DirectDraw or Direct3D hardware acceleration is turned on.

To determine this, click the Display tab as shown in the above picture, and then under DirectX Features, check to see whether DirectDraw, Direct3D, and AGP Texture Acceleration appear as Enabled. If not, try turning on hardware acceleration.

Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to Full.

If that fails and your Microsoft Classic Games still does not work, you might need to update the video driver or the card, itself. You can typically find the latest drivers for your hardware in the support section of the manufacturer's website.

Some computer comes with the recovery manager ( Like in HP ) which also contains the device drivers originally shipped with the computer so install the display driver from the Recovery Manager to fix the problems because installing the driver from any other sources will not fix the problem.

It has happened with me that I reinstalled the driver for display from Hp Support website and Checked all the other methods but still the DirectDraw,Direct3D or the hardware Acceleration could not be enabled or turned on.

To install the original driver shipped with the computer from recovery manager Click on the start button and then go to All Programs - > Now Look for folder recovery Manager or Hp - >Click on Recovery Manager to open it or you could simply type Recovery Manager in the Start Search and click on recovery manager to open it.

Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work

Now select Reinstall drivers and/or application and then it will show you a list of drivers and applications.

Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work

Select Graphics driver from the list and Click Install.

Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work

And after the successful installation, restart the computer and try to open the Microsoft Classic Games like Minesweeper,Spider Solitaire and Hearts.They should be working fine.

Check for "unsigned" drivers.

A driver that's been digitally signed has been tested by the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Lab  ( WHQL) for DirectX compatibility.

If the Diagnostic Tool flags an unsigned driver, updating the driver might solve your problem. You can typically find the latest driver for your hardware on the support section of the manufacturer's website.

Check for the version of Direct X

Certain games are older than DirectX 11 and can't recognize them. They may need some optional files only included in DirectX 9 (which are not automatically part of a newer DirectX version).Also if you are getting any of the following error message with the games then follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Application failed because of missing component d3dx9_33dll
  • DirectX error
  • DirectDraw or INTDirectdraw error
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work
Microsoft Classic Games Does not work



These errors occur when DirectX 9.0 is not correctly installed, or an older version of DirectX is being used.

There's no need to find all files in CDs, DirectX packs, and so on. You can just download the missing file from internet, and place it on game's executable's folder (or in C:\Windows\system32).

Download your file from http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?d3dx9_43.
Maybe your game will also need some other dlls , then download from www.dll-files.com .

Method 8:

If nothing helps and Microsoft Classic Games still does not work and all the steps mentioned above has failed and you have exhausted all the steps then try updating or reinstalling the Latest version of Direct X.

Download and install a new copy of the Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime from this page.


Read some useful stuff online here http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PhotoShop.htm .


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in Windows 8

Monday, April 20, 2015 0

I recently bought a new laptop that came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and I was so excited that I kept looking the new features whole night without sleeping and at 4 O' Clock in the morning when I got tired, I thought of playing Solitaire to get some refreshment as Solitaire is one of my favourite games but what I found was a shocking news for me.I searched Google and Landed on Microsoft Website and found the following message

"We know that games like Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts have a devoted following. These games aren't installed automatically with Windows 8.1, but you can download them for free from the Windows Store. We've added dazzling new visuals and daily challenges to Solitaire and Minesweeper to make them even better than before. you can’t add them back using the add/remove features applet as you could in previous version of Windows. Instead, you must buy the apps in the new Windows Store. Don’t worry, the apps are free but you need to find them first.

To install our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper, tap or click the following links:

    Microsoft Solitaire Collection
    Microsoft Minesweeper

To install Hearts from the Start screen, enter Store, or tap or click the Store tile. Enter Hearts in the search box, and then pick the version that you want to install.

On Windows 8.1 you’ll need to open up the Metro apps store. Once you get there, search for “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” or part of the name. Install the apps, and then you’ll be ready to play."


The desktop versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper are gone in Windows 8, replaced with Xbox-integrated full-screen versions. While the classic desktop versions are missing in action, there’s a way to get them back.


Hardcore gamers may laugh, but Solitaire and Minesweeper are popular time wasters that every Windows user has fired up at some point. Windows 8 brings significant changes to these classic games that have been with us since Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.1, respectively.

The versions you can get all run in the Metro user interface. Sure, they offer new features – the new Minesweeper, for example, offers daily challenges and an adventure mode – but some purists prefer their simple, desktop-based classics. Here are the ways to bring windows XP or Windows 7 style Classic Microsoft Games back to Windows 8.


Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in Windows 8


To restore the classic games back you need to copy the old versions of these games to your Windows 8 system and make a few tweaks to get them working.If you have access to a computer with Windows 7 installed (or a VirtualBox install of Windows 7) the process will be easy for you.

1. Go to "C:\Program Files" and copy the whole Microsoft Games folder to a USB Flash Drive.

Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8
Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8

2. Now also copy the file CardGames.dll from C:\Windows\System32\  to the Solitaire subfolder. You’ll also have to copy this file to the FreeCell, Hearts, and SpiderSolitaire folders if you want to play those games. 

Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8
Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8

Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8
Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8
3. Now you could copy this Microsoft Games folder on USB Flash drive to "C:\Program Files"  in Windows 8 Computer .

Unfortunately, each of these games performs a Windows version check when it runs. We’ll need to patch out the version check so they run properly.

To do so manually, you can use a hex editor to open each game’s .exe file and search for the following bytes:

7D 04 83 65 FC 00 33 C0 83 7D FC 01 0F 94 C0

Replace the first 7D in the sequence above with EB, and then save the file. You’ll need to do this manually for each game’s .exe file.

Download Free Hex Editor Neo for Unlimited Undo/Redo; Find; Replace; Visual History Save and Load; Patch Creation; Clipboard Operations; Bytes, Words, Double Words, Quad Words, Floats and Doubles Edit Mode.


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Restore Microsoft Classic Games from Windows XP in Windows 8

Similarly if you want the version of  Microsoft Classic Games that came with the windows XP, copy the following files from “C:\Windows\System32″ in a Windows XP installed computer (or a VirtualBox install of Windows XP).

cards.dll
freecell.exe
mshearts.exe
sol.exe
spider.exe
winmine.exe


Keep these files in a single folder, which you can transfer to your Windows 8 computer however you like. USB, emailing yourself – it doesn’t matter.

These games will work fine in Windows 8, so feel free to put this folder wherever you like on your Windows 8 computer. 

You could also bring these games from a Windows XP Installation disk.

Insert the Windows XP CD into your Windows 8 computer and Go to the  “i386″ folder on the Installation Disk drive and copy these below mentioned files to a folder on your desktop.

CARDS.DL_
FREECELL.EX_
MSHEARTS.EX_
SOL.EX_
SPIDER.EX_
WINMINE.EX_

These are the same executable files as copied from “C:\Windows\System32″ on a windows XP installed computer.It's just that they are compressed and you need to decompress them using Expand command on an elevated command prompt.

So after copying these files to a folder on your desktop.Press CTRL+X to bring the windows 8 context menu and select Command Prompt (Admin ).

Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8
Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8


Now lets say you have copied all the above mentioned files in a folder named WinGames ,so now at the command prompt type the following command in the same sequence and order.

C:\> cd C:\users\username\Desktop\WinGames 

C:\users\username\Desktop\WinGames\>expand CARDS.DL_ cards

Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8
Restore Default Classic Microsoft Games in windows 8


Then hit “Enter”.Similarly expand all the files with just their names removing the extension and once they all are extracted or expanded to this WinGames folder rename them all to their generic names as cards.dll, freecell.exe, mshearts.exe, sol.exe, spider.exe, winmine.exe respectively.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Windows 8 hangs or freezes whenever search for anything

Saturday, April 18, 2015 0

Issue: Whenever you try to search for an Apps or something windows hangs or freezes and you have to either reboot or log out to get control of my computer back.




Symptoms:

1. My computer freezes whenever I try to view my apps or use the search function. When I click "apps" or attempt to search for anything, the computer hangs up for about 5 seconds, then returns back to the home metro screen. This means I have no way of opening apps unless return to the desktop, open explorer, and search manually for the executable. Needless to say, this is even more inconvenient than not having a start menu to begin with.

2. Search Within an Explorer Window
I press the search button, and it never responds.Or if I try the search box for searching something within the current opened explorer window, system hangs.I end up having to (again) close the Explorer window manually. This sometimes causes the entire shell and Start menu to crash, sometimes, it doesn't.

3. If I go to the start page (Windows 8) and start typing, I'll get results for Apps and Settings but not for Files. It can't find any files, on any drive. If I click on the "Files" sub option while running the search (or even after the search ends), I get some spinning circles and the start menu becomes non-responsive. I have to either reboot or log out to get control of my computer back.


Causes:

The reasons freezing could be many, and the solutions could be many too! 
However there are some most common and major reasons for freezing issue which are mentioned below.

  • Windows Search service failed to start correctly.
  • Corrupt system files due to abrupt shutdown.
  • Missing system files due to accidental deletion.
  • Inappropriate application installation.
  • Corrupt hardware device driver files.
  • Invalid registry entries, etc.
  • Malware or Spyware infection.

First of all you should really check the windows search service as this service is used by windows to index (organise) all of your files. when it fails to start the search feature in the start screen waits for the service to start, if the service does not start you end up in a never-ending state of waiting which causes system hangs or freezing.

The “Windows Search” service can some times fail to start if you have a faulty memory card, memory stick, external hard drive etc. plugged in.

Solution:

1. Microsoft Fix-it

For those of you with better luck than I have here is the link to the automated solution which may solve the issue.


2. Fix Windows Search and Indexing


1. Navigate to Control Panel.

2. Click "Programs" then "Programs and Features".

3. Click "Turn Windows features on or off" on the left side of the list.



4. Uncheck "Windows Search" and hit "OK". You will be prompted to restart.

5. After restart, repeat these steps and check the box to turn this feature back on.

If the above did not work continue here:

Restart the Windows Search Service

  • Press “Windows + R”
  • Type “services.msc” and click “OK”
  • Find the “Windows Search” service and right click and select “Properties“
  • On the General tab set the “Startup type:” to “Automatic”
  • If the service status is stopped click the “Start” button.
  • If the service is stuck on “Starting…” you should try unplugging any USB Mass Storage Device (external hard drives or thumb drives, any kind of memory card (ie SD card  compact flash etc.)
  • Reboot

Rebuild the Index

Whenever you try to search for something in windows, its indexing which find the things quickly and brings that to you.If indexing is disabled or corrupt computer won't be able to search and will not present the search results.Windows uses the index to perform very fast searches on your computer.

The index requires almost no maintenance. However, if the index can't find a file that you know exists in an indexed location, you might need to rebuild the index. Rebuilding the index can take several hours, and searches might be incomplete until the index is fully rebuilt.


  1. Go to Control panel and open Indexing Options.
  2. Click the Advanced button at the bottom of the Indexing Options window. This displays a new window titled Advanced Options.
  3. Click the Index Settings tab if it isn’t selected already.

  1. Click the Rebuild button to delete and rebuild the file index.
  2. Click OK to confirm.

For more information on Advance indexing option you can read article on microsoft's website http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows7/change-advanced-indexing-options

Step 2 will always fix this issue but just in case its not helpful try the next Step 3.

3.Check the Registry Value

Manual Fix 1 

1. Press Windows Key + R to get the run dialogue box.

2. Type "regedit.exe" in the box and hit enter.

3. Using the box on the left, navigate to the following directory:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

4. We need to change a registry called "Start_SearchFiles" to a value of 2. If you are like me, yours is already 2. We need to reset this so what we are going to do it change it to 0, then back to 2.

5. Double-click Start_SearchFiles or right-click and select "Modify" to get the edit box. Change the number under "Value data" to 0 then click "Ok".

6. Repeat step 5, changing the value back to 2.

7. Restart your computer.



Manual Fix 2

Using the above information navigate to the following directory:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\

And delete the following folder: {ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}. After deleting the folder restart your computer.

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