How to fix windows spider solitaire

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How to fix windows spider solitaire
Spider Solitaire brings your deck of cards to Windows. (deck of cards image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Windows Spider Solitaire is one of the free games bundled with Microsoft Windows. The game provides a faithful recreation of the traditional Solitaire one-player card game on your Windows PC. If you are experiencing errors or problems with Spider Solitaire, such as scores saving incorrectly or the game freezing up, it's possible that your copy of Spider Solitaire has become corrupted. In this case, the best way to fix the game is to reinstall from the Windows CD or backup files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Windows PC
  • Windows install CD (XP only)

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Instructions

    Windows XP

  1. 1

    Insert your Windows install CD.

  2. 2

    Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu.

  3. 3

    Double-click "Add or remove programs" then "Add/remove Windows components."

  4. 4

    Click the words "Accessories and utilities" and then "Details."

  5. 5

    Click the word "Games," then click the box next to the words "Spider Solitaire" so as to clear the box. Click "OK" then "OK" then "Next."

  6. 6

    Restart your computer.

  7. 7

    Reopen the Control Panel and return to the "Accessories and utilities" section by repeating Steps 2 to 4.

  8. 8

    Click the word "Games," then place a check in the box next to the words "Spider Solitaire." Click "OK" then "OK" then "Next." Spider Solitaire will be reinstalled in working order.

    Windows Vista or Seven

  1. 1

    Click "Start" to open the Windows Start Menu.

  2. 2

    Type "appwiz.cpl" into the "Search" box at the bottom of the menu. Press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Click "Turn windows feature ON or OFF" on the left side of the window.

  4. 4

    Click the word "Games" then uncheck the box next to the words "Spider Solitaire." Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Restart your computer.

  6. 6

    Reopen the Start Menu and again type "appwiz.cpl" into the "Search" box, then press "Enter." Again click "Turn windows feature ON or OFF."

  7. 7

    Click the word "Games" then place a check next to the words "Spider Solitaire." Click "OK" to reinstall a working version of Spider Solitaire.

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