I finally upgraded to Windows 10 on my PC and now I can’t find Minesweeper. I love that game! Where did it go??
There are some games that have absolutely become core to the overall Windows computing experience. None more popular than Solitaire, of course, but running a close second is Minesweeper, a sort of one-person Battleship game that revolves around logical deduction skills. Both of these were removed from Windows 10 somewhere along its evolution for reasons I cannot possibly explain (disk space? negative feedback about games on a serious computer? revenue opportunities?). Fortunately they’re both available for free through the Microsoft Store.
In fact, I’ve written previously about how to restore Solitaire to your Windows 10 system if you’d like to restore that game too, so check that out. In terms of Minesweeper, it’s a bit puzzling because even though Microsoft has its own official version of the game for Win10, it’s a third party app that shows up by default if you do a rudimentary search through Cortana. Let’s jump in and I’ll step you through this <ahem> minefield so you can get back and running on Minesweeper!
To start out, don’t assume Cortana knows what game you want if you search:
In fact, it shows a Wikipedia page instead of a link to the game. And the “MineSweeper (Free)” link on the left side? That’s the wrong version of the game too. Well, it’s not “wrong”, it’s just an independent game developer’s version, not the Microsoft version. You’ll see what I mean in a moment.
Instead, open up the Microsoft Store app and search for “minesweeper”:
There are three matches. Microsoft Minesweeper with a 4-star rating, MineSweeper (Free) with its 3 stars, and, for reasons I cannot explain, Microsoft Treasure Hunt, which ain’t what ya seek.
Click or tap on “Microsoft Minesweeper” to get the game…
Easy enough, click on the blue “Get” button and it’ll download and install…
Eventually, depending on your network connection, it’ll be installed and ready to play. Yay!
ADD MINESWEEPER TO THE START MENU
Now, since I’m guessing you’re fairly new to Windows 10 at this point, let’s make sure you can find it again next time. On the Start Menu scroll or swipe down to find Microsoft Minesweeper on the full list of available programs:
Can you see it highlighted on the left side? It even says “New” underneath!
Now, with it showing, right click on the program name and a menu will pop up:
Choose “Pin to Start” and it’ll add a “tile” to the graphical portion of the Start Menu.
Now any time you want to play the game, all you have to do is click to show the Start Menu and click (or tap, I know) to launch Minesweeper from its bright, colorful icon.
Which reminds me, here’s how it looks now:
Still the same game, but with some additional bells and whistles and a nicer looking board. Now, go make the ocean safe for boats by marking all the mines before you *BOOM*
Oh, uhm, try again. 🙂
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