FIX: Unable to run Solitaire in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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5 quick solutions to fix Solitaire issues on PC

  1. Update your computer
  2. Restart app updates
  3. Rename the Cache folder
  4. Reset Solitaire
  5. Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter

Solitaire is one of the most popular games on Windows, and many people like to play Solitaire in their spare time on Windows 10. But sometimes there could be some issues. Users report that they are experiencing problems with Solitaire on Windows 10, and today we’ll try to fix some of these problems.

What to do if you can’t run Solitaire

Solution 1 – Update your computer

Users report that quite often Solitaire is crashing on Windows 10, but before we try any solutions, we advise you that you update Windows 10 using the Windows Update. Quite often these issues are fixed through Windows update, so it wouldn’t hurt for you to download all available Windows 10 updates before trying the following fixes.

Solution 2 – Restart app updates

This isn’t the best solution but some users claim that it works, so it’s worth checking out. Go to the Windows Store and click on the download icon on the top right next to the search box. If there’s a list of stalled app updates close them all by clicking the X button. Now the updates should start downloading again.

It seems that sometimes some app updates can cause problems with Solitaire, so if make sure that you restart any app updates that you have running.

Solution 3 – Rename the Cache folder

This usually works for most Universal apps, so if you’re having problems with Solitaire you might want to try this.

  1. Go to the  Users{Username}AppDataLocalPackagesWinStore_cw5n1h2txyewyLocalState folder.
  2. Find Cache folder inside it, right click it and choose Rename from the menu.
  3. Rename the Cache folder to Cache.old.
  4. Now right click the empty space and choose New > Folder from the menu.
  5. Rename the folder you’ve just created to Cache.
  6. Restart Windows 10.
  7. Try if your Universal apps are working, if everything is working fine, you can go back and delete the Cache.old folder.

Solution 4 – Reset Solitaire

Another method to fix this issue is to reset Microsoft Solitaire. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to Settings > System.
  2. Select App & features > enter ‘Microsoft Solitaire Collection‘ in the search boxreset microsoft solitaire collection
  3. Go to Advanced options > hit the Reset button.

Solution 5 – Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter

Microsoft integrated a dedicated troubleshooter for Windows Store apps. With the help of this tool, you can quickly scan your Windows 10 apps and automatically fix general issues affecting them.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > locate and run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter.

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That’s about it, we hope these solutions helped you to solve the problem with Solitaire on your Windows 10 computer.

If you have any comments, or questions, just reach for the comment section, below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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