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Solitaire cover
Release dates
Windows January 30, 2007
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Point and select
Genres Card/tile
Series Microsoft Solitaire
Solitaire on Wikipedia
Microsoft Solitaire
Subseries of Microsoft Windows
FreeCell 1989
Solitaire (9x) 1995
Solitaire (XP) 2001
Spider Solitaire 2001
Solitaire 2007
Microsoft Solitaire Collection 2012

This page is for Windows Vista and 7 version. For XP version, see Solitaire (XP). For Windows App version for 8.1 and later, see Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Key points

Also known as Microsoft Solitaire, not to be confused with Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
Game name, paths and executable names may vary for different localizations of Windows. Simply replace Solitaire with localized counterpart.
Requires a workaround on Windows 8 and later (see Run on Windows 8 and later).


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft Games\Solitaire\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Microsoft Games\Solitaire\


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
For fullscreen mode launch with -mce parameter.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vector graphics; always anti-aliased.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Native Windows Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Only supports XInput controllers and Windows Media Center remotes.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language depents on OS language.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Run on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Solitaire and other bundled games are unavailable after upgrading to Windows 8.
The steps below make the Windows 7 version run on Windows 8 (there is no fix for the Vista version yet).
Disable windows version check[citation needed]
  1. Recover the Solitaire files.
    • If you did an upgrade install: look in C:\windows.old\Program Files\Microsoft Games\
    • If you did a clean install: go to sources on the Windows 7 DVD and open install.wim using 7-Zip.
  2. Copy the recovered Solitaire folder somewhere convenient.
  3. Recover cardgames.dll file.
    • For upgrade install look from C:\windows.old\Windows\System32\ and for clean open install.wim by same method as in last step.
  4. Open Solitaire.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
    • If Windows 7 was 64-bit:
      1. Search for the hex values 3b c6 0f 4c ce 3b
      2. Change to 39 c0 0f 4c ce 3b
  5. Move the Solitaire folder to its default location (it will only work with this location):
    • If Windows 7 was 64-bit: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games
    • If Windows 7 was 32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games
  6. Move cardgames.dll inside the solitaire folder next to Solitaire.exe.
  7. Solitaire will now run on Windows 8 and later.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Depends on OS version.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) Aero-capable WDDM
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support