Bug in Games Explorer on Start Menu - Vista RTM

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by David Wright, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. David Wright

    David Wright Guest

    Using Vista RTM, I cannot open any of my games (chess titans, solitaire,
    minesweeper, etc.) from the Games Explorer on the start menu ('Games' on the
    righthand side of the start menu). When I select a game to play, I get an
    error message box saying:

    "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this
    action. Create an association in Set Associations control panel."

    However, when I go into 'All Programs -> Games', and start the games from
    there, no problems.

    I have looked at the Set Associations control panel, and I don't see
    anything applicable. How can I get the Games to play from the Games Explorer?
    David Wright, Dec 2, 2006
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    Paul Smith Guest

    Paul Smith, Dec 2, 2006
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    David Wright Guest

    This has been happening since the installation of RTM. It's a clean install,
    not an upgrade. To answer your question though, I have installed other
    software since then, but this was apparent before that.
    David Wright, Dec 2, 2006
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    Jane C Guest

    Have you done any tweaking? Such as removing the shortcut arrows?
    Jane C, Dec 2, 2006
  5. David Wright

    David Wright Guest

    Jane, thank you, you hit the nail right on the head. It seems that removing
    the shortcut arrows prevents the Games from opening correctly. As soon as I
    put the shortcut arrows back, everything ran well. Do you know how I can
    remove the shortcut arrows without diminishing usabililty?
    David Wright, Dec 3, 2006
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    Jane C Guest

    So far no luck removing those arrows without stuffing other things up. I've
    learned to live with them ;-)
    Jane C, Dec 3, 2006
  7. David Wright

    David Wright Guest

    Oh well, thanks for your help. :)

    David Wright, Dec 4, 2006
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    David Wright Guest

    David Wright, Dec 23, 2006
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    Jane C Guest

    Thanks, David, I will check that out :)

    Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :)
    Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    Jane C, Dec 23, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    Jeff, Dec 23, 2006
  11. What's up with the aversion to arrows? This isn't the Little Big Horn, you
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 23, 2006
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    Jeff Guest


    After I found the light of QL,
    don't like much on the desktop
    plus the smaller blue ones; fit the Vista theme more than the default ones,
    and I tried those too
    Jeff, Dec 23, 2006
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    Jane C Guest

    LOL! It's just that, well, they are rather large. Someone goes to the
    trouble of creating a lovely icon, and then it gets a huge blob of an arrow
    dumped on top of it. The smaller arrow is much better. No arrow even more
    so ;-)
    Jane C, Dec 23, 2006
  14. David Wright

    David Wright Guest

    I don't know if that question was specifically directed towards Jeff, but
    IMO, the overall look just looks cleaner without the shortcut arrows. No
    real aversion to them.
    David Wright, Dec 23, 2006
  15. No, it wasn't aimed at anybody in particular. I use the desktop for
    downloads and lots of download icons look the same as the installed shortcut
    if the arrow is removed so I don't like to do it. Adobe Reader, AVG,
    Diskeeper all are the same without the arrow. It's no trick to check before
    I move the installers off to my installers folder on an external drive, but
    I just like the arrows.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 23, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    who needs um
    not this born again QL'er
    Happy Holidays!!

    Jeff, Dec 23, 2006
  17. Problem: When you click on the Vista Game Explorer shortcut in the Start
    menu or on the desktop the Explorer window flickers and Explorer never

    Background: Game Explorer automatically adds games you install on you
    machine as a shortcut in the Explorer folder. It even goes to the effort
    of going to the program and extracting the icon for the new game to use
    as the icon for the shortcut. It’s all a handy trick that is very
    convenient for the user.

    Plot Thickens: However, if you’ve added a non-Vista game (one written
    before Vista was released), and then un-install the game, the Vista Game
    Explorer appears to become corrupt. When the non-Vista ready game
    un-installs, Game Explorer doesn’t seem to know that it needs to remove
    the game from its list of shortcuts in the registry. This causes an
    error in Game Explorer where it follows the registry entry to the
    directory where the game is supposed to be and tries to build the
    shortcut for the folder. It doesn’t find anything and so the folder goes
    boom! All you see is a flicker.

    Solution: You need to manually remove the game entry from the Vista
    Game Explorer registry entries. Vista Game Explorer registry entries
    exist under the path:
    So, you must do the following to fix the Game Explorer. It involves
    editing the Registry, an so if you are skittish about working around in
    the guts of the operating system then find your local computer geek to
    do the nasty work for you.

    1) Go to the Start Button and click once on it.

    2) In the Start Search text box at the bottom of the Start Menu type
    “Regedit” to open the registry editor.

    3) Navigate to the Vista Game Explorer registry key:

    4) You see two sub-keys: “Games” and another that is a long number
    something like “S-1-5-21-1360280324-1479985282-280780731-1000”

    Under the “Games” sub-key are more keys made up of long serial numbers
    which represent all of the games delivered with Vista: Solitaire, Chess,
    Ink Ball, Free Cell, Purple Place, etc. But the other key at the same
    level as “Games” represents games added automatically by Vista Game
    Explorer. It is the entries under this key that can cause problems when
    nothing exists in the folder where the registry key points. So, you must
    delete this entry.

    5) Find the key that point to the game that no longer exists. Click on
    the key to identify it. Go to the menu and click on <Edit:Delete> or
    press the Delete key on the keyboard. Exit the Registry Editor by
    clicking on <File:Exit> or click on the big red “X” in the upper
    right-hand corner of the Regedit window. Now, Vista Game Explorer should
    work again.

    Hope this helps!

    Disclaimer: Working in the registry can break stuff including Vista
    itself. You should have some level of expertise to go mucking around
    with it. No children or small animals were hurt in the writing of this
    help guide, no poisonous or toxic gases were emitted, etc. You are your
    own keeper. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
    Tom_MacKnight, Dec 27, 2008
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