How to Fix Microsoft Solitaire Collection Not Working on Windows 11

Don’t know how to fix Microsoft Solitaire Collection not working on Windows 11?

Solitaire games have always been a part of Microsoft since the very start. But while each game had separate applications in the earlier version of Windows, now they’re all included in a single hub called Microsoft Solitaire Collection in the latest Windows operating systems.

Without a doubt, this card game which includes Klondike, Spider, Freecell solitaire, etc., is the best way to kill time, especially when your internet is down, or you have nothing to do. But you may occasionally run into a situation where the Microsoft Solitaire Collection app stops working, fails to launch, freezes midway, etc.

But before you reach for your real deck of cards, try troubleshooting the issue on your own by taking help with this guide. Below we’ve covered various fixes for Microsoft Solitaire Collection not working on Windows 11

So without any delay, let’s get started!

1. Run the Windows App Troubleshooter.

Since Windows offers several built-in troubleshooters for its various apps and services, running that should be your first approach to fixing whatever issue you’re facing. The Windows app troubleshooter diagnoses any problem related to Windows Store apps and fixes them if possible.

Below are the steps you should follow:

  1. From the taskbar, click on the Search icon.
  2. Then, type “Troubleshoot settings” in the search bar and click on the first result below.
  3. Once the windows open, select Other troubleshooters.
Windows system troubleshooter
  1. Scroll down, locate Windows Store Apps, then click on the Run button next to it.
Windows Store Apps troubleshooter


2. Repair/Reset Microsoft Solitaire Collection App.

If running the troubleshooter doesn’t work, the app might be corrupted. Luckily, Windows allows you to repair the app files and even reset the entire program to return it to its default settings. 

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Start by pressing the Windows + S shortcut keys from your keyboard. This will open the search menu.
  2. Type in “Solitaire Collection” in the search bar.
  3. Then, click on App settings on the right side.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection Not Working on Windows 11
  1. Scroll down until you locate the Reset section, then click on the Repair button. This will let Windows fix the app.
Repair Solitaire Collection
  1. Once done, try out Solitaire Collection once again, and if the issue remains, you can try clearing the app’s data and resetting it to default settings.
  2. In order to do that, click on the Reset button under the Reset section from the same window.
Reset Solitaire Collection


3. Change the Display Scaling.

Misconfigured Display settings are another reason the Microsoft Solitaire Collection will fail to launch. This is because if you’ve set the display scaling to a certain value that the program doesn’t fit inside the display, it will have trouble launching. You can try increasing this value and check if that works.

Below are the steps you must follow:

  1. First, launch the Windows Settings by pressing Windows + I shortcut keys from your keyboard.
  2. Then, click on System and select Display from the left pane.
Windows Display Settings
  1. After that, click on the drop-down menu under Scale and layout.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection Not Working on Windows 11
  1. Select the recommended option and close the window. Try launching the game to check if it works.

4. Update Microsoft Solitaire Collection App.

Outdated software of the app might also be the reason behind Microsoft Solitaire Collection not working on Windows 11. To avoid such issues, check to see if a newer version of the app is available in the Microsoft Store and install it immediately.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click on the Microsoft Store icon from the taskbar.
  2. Once the window opens, click on Library in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  3. Go to the Games tab, then look for Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
  4. If any updates are available, click on the Update button next to it. If you do not see this option, the app is already up to date.
Update Microsoft Solitaire Collection


5. Update/Uninstall Graphics Driver.

Occasionally, your graphics card can encounter unknown bugs or glitches, resulting in problems with the apps and games on your computer. This issue is mostly resolved by reinstalling or updating the graphics driver.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start by right-clicking on the Start menu on the taskbar.
  2. Click on Device Manager from the list of options.
  3. Then, click on the drop-down arrow next to Display adapters to expand its options.
  4. From there, right-click on your graphics adapter and click on the Update driver or Uninstall device option.
repair drivers on Windows 11
  1. After that, follow the on-screen commands and restart your PC to finish the process.

6. Download the Windows 11 Latest Version.

Similar to how outdated applications cause all kinds of errors, an older version of Windows results in the same. It hides several unknown bugs within the software, which could be the culprit behind Microsoft Solitaire Collection not working on Windows 11.

You can check if a newer version Windows version is available by following the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows + I shortcut keys from your keyboard to open Settings.
  2. From the left pane, select Windows Update.
  3. Then, click on Check for Updates.
install Windows Update
  1. If there are any pending updates, download and install all of them. Then, check to see if the issue has been solved.

7. Clear Microsoft Store Cache.

Applications store cache files for faster performance. But if the cache gets full, it results in lags, crashes, and various unknown errors within the software. You can resolve this issue by simply purging the existing cache.

Follow the steps below to do so:

  1. Start by pressing the Windows + R shortcut keys from your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Then, type “wsreset.exe” in the box and press the Enter key.
Clear Microsoft Store cache
  1. A blank command prompt will be shown on the screen and then disappear. Next, the Microsoft Store will launch automatically.

8. Disable Microsoft Defender Firewall.

The Windows Defender Firewall may sometimes become too overprotective, preventing even the safest applications from launching and running in your system. The same might be happening with the Microsoft Solitaire Collection app, as Firewall could’ve blocked it as a false positive. 

You’ll have to disable the Firewall for the time being in order to resolve the issue. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Start menu from the taskbar.
  2. Type “Windows Defender Firewall” in the search bar, then press the Enter key.
  3. Then, select Firewall & network protection from the left pane.
  4. After that, choose Private network.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection Not Working on Windows 11
  1. Switch off the toggle below Microsoft Defender Firewall to disable it.
disable Windows defender firewall

9. Move Game Files to a New Directory.

If you’re having trouble launching the Microsoft Solitaire Collection on your PC, there’s a high probability that Windows has corrupted the application’s file path. One quick way to resolve this issue is by moving the game files to another location to refresh the game path. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Make a new folder in a location other than the default path for the built-in games.
  2. Navigate to the following path and copy the content inside that folder by selecting the game folders, right-clicking them, and clicking on Copy.
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games

10. Re-Register Microsoft Solitaire Collection App.

If, after following all the above-mentioned fixes, you’re still facing issues with the Microsoft Solitaire Collection app, chances are it is not registered correctly or that its registry entries have been damaged.

Try registering it again and see if that resolves the issue. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Search icon from the Taskbar.
  2. Type in “Windows PowerShell in the search bar.
  3. Then, click on Run as Administrator on the right side.
Windows PowerShell
  1. A User Account Control prompt will appear on the screen. Click on the Yes button.
  2. Type in the following command in the console and hit Enter:
Get-AppxPackage -allusers *MicrosoftSolitaireCollection* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
Microsoft Solitaire Collection Not Working on Windows 11
  1. Once done, restart the PC to determine if the problem is fixed.

11. Try Microsoft Solitaire Collection Alternatives.

If nothing is helping you fix Microsoft Solitaire Collection not working on Windows 11, there are several alternate options of this game, like Solitaire HD, Spider Solitaire, and Simple Solitaire, that you can try. Though they have a different interface, the rules are pretty similar and should be a good replacement until you get the Microsoft Solitaire Collection back up and running.

This brings us to the end of our guide on how to fix the Microsoft Solitaire Collection not working on Windows 11. If you still have any queries, feel free to deliver them to us through the comment section below. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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  • Aimen Choudhry

    Aimen Choudhry is an architecture student who has always been fascinated by science. She now finds her therapy researching and writing about the latest technology and the issues that come alongside. Otherwise, you’ll find her playing video games, listening to music, or watching fantasy/sci-fi movies.

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