All About Solitaire-
Vista changed it!!!
Now in windows
8 & 10 everything changed.
is about the Solitaire supplied with windows, not about Spider and
other variations. Applies to older versions of windows only.
am a diehard Windows solitaire player. I don't play video games. I
don't play other games because I hate to lose. With Solitaire, I can
win a lot. I set the game to deal one card because when dealing 3,
I don't win as often. I'm not into challenges, I'm into winning.
has been with us as a computer game since the first Windows. Of course
it has been around as a card game since who knows when. It was put
in windows to teach mouse control. It was included as a learning device,
not as a toy or just a fun game. It has taken a few changes as Windows
changed from version 3 to 95 to 98 to Me to XP to now Vista. I don't
think it was in Windows NT, but was in Windows 2000. Correct me if
changes were hardly noticeable until Vista came along. Mostly the
revisions reflected changes in the speed of the OS, so the game would
display properly. But now with Vista, the change is major and I do
not like the new revision. I had the old game down to a science and
could win a lot.
had the game options set to time and score my game so I could compete
against myself and I kept getting better. I finally got less than
75 seconds and scored higher than 10,000 points. As proof, here is
a screen shot of my best game in 2009.
along comes Vista and messes up my game. Have no idea if it was intentionally
redesigned to slow down the game, but that was the result. A number
of things changed that affected the speed. The biggest thing was the
double click changes.
versions prior to XP (or maybe Me), you had to drag or double click
every card individually to move it to the suit stack. The idea was
to teach you to drag and double click with the mouse.
in XP (or maybe Me), the program was changed to allow right click.
This really sped up the game because now if you right clicked anywhere,
all cards eligible to move up to the suit stack jumped up there at
once. When you got to a point in the game where there were no more
hidden cards, the game could be finished with a single right click
and the score time plummeted.
must be some commercial competition somewhere that was going to fast
for the minds at Microslop so they decided to slow things down. In
the new program in Vista the right click was majorly revamped. How
it reacts depends on where the mouse pointer is setting. If the pointer
is off of any cards, the reaction is as before. But now if your mouse
pointer is on a card, the effect is only for that single card. And
if that card is not eligible to move, nothing happens. If you want
all eligible cards to move, you have to move your mouse pointer off
to the side of any cards and right click. And man does this slow things
this is not the only factor that contributes to the slowdown. The
way the game is allowed to be resized affects is since you now cannot
size the window to place the cards closer together. You would not
think this has any effect but when the cards are just a few centimeters
farther apart, it takes longer to move the mouse to them. And further
to drag cards across the deck.
new thing that affects the speed is the sound effects. The reaction
time of the action on the cards is slowed by the constant visual and
sound effects placed on each move. The best time I've been able to
get in the Vista version is 122 seconds, so the effect has been almost
to double my time. And I don't like it! July 2010 update: I have gotten
the time down to under 90 seconds.
is what the 2 games look like side by side:
of these programs are running in Vista because I copied the solitaire
game from XP and installed it in my Vista machine. The reason I was
able to do this is because the new game in Vista has a new name and
is in a different directory. If you like me would like to have your
old version available in Vista, here is the method and the whole reason
for writing this page.
you have XP still running, copy 2 files from your XP machine to your
Vista machine. In XP, find sol.exe and cards.dll. They are both in
C:\windows\system32 folder or (C:\winnt\system32). You can use Windows
Explorer to find the files. Copy them onto a removable media such
as a jump drive. They will fit on a floppy, but chances are your Vista
machine probably does not have a floppy drive. You could copy them
to CD, but that is a terrible waste of space.
you have the files on your media, put them into the same folder in
Vista. C:\Windows\system32 or (C:\winnt\system32). Then you can start
the game by creating a shortcut to the sol.exe file or just typing
sol in the run line (start-all programs-accessories-run). If you
don't know how to do any of these steps, send me an e-mail from the
you don't have XP available or just don't want to do this, then copy
the files from here. Sol.exe
When you click on the links above, you will get a window that asks
if you want to run or save. Choose Save and change the location to
the path noted above. C:\Windows\system32 or (C:\winnt\system32).
You could just save them to the desktop, but I'm not sure the program
would run. At the very least the dll must be in the correct folder.
2010 update: I finally bit the bullet & started using the new
program almost exclusively and as mentioned above, improved the time
considerably. I also discovered something I really like about the
new game. Undo is a standard Windows function in all programs. The
shortcut key is Ctrl Z. interestingly previous versions of Solitaire
had a limited Undo. You had to click the mouse on the edit menu &
click Undo. You could only undo one move. Now the new Solitaire has
converted to the standard Windows function including the keyboard
shortcut and you can undo all previous moves.
this may seem a small thing but it allows winning many more games.
Here's how it works: In the old game, if you had 2 choices of a card
to select to move, you had to select one of them. As soon as you make
another move such as exposing the under card, there was no backing
the new game, you can select one of the choices and make a number
of moves, then undo all those moves and try the other choice. I have
had many games that were lost with the first choice but winnable by
going back to the second choice.
my original upset has been redeemed. Actually I went against my normal
preaching to learn to use the new programs. I have been teaching Windows
since the earliest versions in the late 70's. I have always told my
students to embrace the new program. From 3.1 to 95 to 98 to Me to
XP to Vista to 7 there have been improvements. Every new release has
had bugs but major improvements over previous versions. The problem
is we get stuck in our ways and don't want to learn the new way. There
are always complaints, some justified. But I can give you examples
of changes in every version that made the change worthwhile. Of course
if the changes don't affect your particular operation, then it nmay
not be valuable. But some changes affect every user.
example is the change in Vista and improved in 7 to security. In XP
and previous versions, a program could be loaded and activated without
any permission from the operator. In Vista, when you start to load
a program, the scrren blacks out and a dialog box opens asking your
permission to install the program. Some diehard users consider this
an irritation. The value in this is that a hacker cannot install an
unwanted program in your computer from the internet. The point is:
Find out why a change was made and learn the value of it.