Are you missing the Games folder from your Windows Vista Start menu? Normally, you’d just click on Start – Programs – Games and select from the several that come included with Vista, such as Chess Titans, Freecell, or Solitaire. If they are no longer visible in your Start menu, this article will tell you how to restore and/or reinstall the original Vista Games folder.
Before we get started with this, let me give you a word of warning. If you are doing this on your computer at work, there’s a very good chance that your employer deliberately uninstalled the Games from your computer. I know that at my work, we remove all the games and delete the Games folder from the Start menu so as to help remove user temptation. Since users can’t add or remove programs without administrative privileges, nobody can add them back. You will also need to have administrative access on your computer in order to perform this operation.
Luckily, the Games folder is a built-in feature of Windows Vista, and can easily be restored. In fact, you can reinstall all of the included games, or just hand pick your favorites. With so many PC manufacturers including restore partitions on the hard drive, you will most likely be able to perform this operation without even needing the original Windows Vista install CD or DVD. I know I didn’t need the disc on my HP desktop computer.