Solitaire is the classic seven-column card game you play by yourself. The object of the game is to collect all the cards in runs of alternating red and black suit colors from ace through king.
Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Games, and then clicking Games Explorer.
If Solitaire is not available, you might need to turn on the Games feature. For more information about turning on the Games feature, see Where are my games?
If you don't have a saved game, Solitaire starts a new game. If you have a saved game, you can continue your previous game.
If any aces are present, double-click them to move them to the free spaces at the upper right of the screen, and then make any other plays available on the board.
The card that is face up on the deck is always available for play.
To move a card or a stack of cards from one row stack to another, click and drag the card or stack.
To move a card from either the deck or a row stack to a suit stack, double-click it.
To move all playable cards to their respective suit stacks at the upper right, right-click the game board or press CTRL+A.
If a stack is open, you can move a king (along with any cards that might be in its stack) to it.
When you have made all available plays on the board, click the deck to turn over more cards.
Keep runs even. Runs are the stacks of visible cards you create by playing black on red in order. Don't let any one run get too far ahead of the others, if you can control it. Having one particularly long run makes it difficult to make other moves.
Turn cards first. Always turn over cards before playing more from the hand.
Play from stacks that contain more cards. The more face-down cards in a stack, the better off you are turning over cards from that stack first. Deeper stacks give you a greater chance of making more plays—which may give you more chances to turn cards in the shorter stacks.
You can adjust the draw options and scoring system, as well as set other game options, in the Options dialog box.
Click the Game menu, and then click Options.
Select the check boxes for any options that you want to turn on, and then click OK.
If you need to finish a game later, just close the game and click Save. The next time you start a game, the game will ask you whether you want to continue your saved game. To do so, click Yes.