Troubleshooting Games Explorer not working in Windows 7

If you find that you are unable to access the Games folder in Windows 7 or its link does not open or you cannot run a game from it, here are a few things you may want to try.

Games Explorer not working

To open the Windows 7 Games folder, you’d normally click on the Games Explorer link in the Start Menu.

If you cannot see the Games link there, click Start > Right Click > Properties > Start Menu tab > Customize > Select Games > Display as a link or Display as a menu > OK > Apply > OK

You can also type Shell:Games in Windows start menu search bar and hit enter to open the Games folder.

But if the Games Explorer folder does not open in your Windows, then do this:

regsvr games

Type cmd in Windows 7 start menu search. When cmd appears as a result, right click on it and select Run as administrator.

In the elevated command prompt, type

regsvr32.exe gameux.dll

and hit Enter. This will re-register the gameux dll file.

Now if on running a game from the Games Explorer, you get an error message :

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the set associations ControlPanel

Then, open regedit and navigate to following key:


reg games

If it doesn’t exist, then in the right pane, create a new String value (REG_SZ) Call it IsShortcut . Click OK > Close Regedit > Reboot.

Hope it helps!

Go here if you find that your Games Explorer is slow to open or Games Explorer empty or link does not work in Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

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