Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/185281/why-is-there-a-useless-games-folder-in-windows-7s-start-menu/
Microsoft’s Games Explorer — also known as the Games folder — is only a single click away every time you open Windows 7′s Start menu. It’s Microsoft’s interface to your PC games, but not every game appears here — and what is a “Game Provider,” anyway?
It's even worse. If you have a crappy internet connection, or no connection at all, the Games Explorer will still try to get the info on the game online. But this will make the game to never launch, unless you launch it twice, that is, if while the first process is frozen you launch it again. By renaming the
system32 to any other thing you can avoid this problem
A quick question about the Games Folder on Windows 8.1. After opening shell:games from the run menu, I went to the "task manager" tab, and it told me the WEI (windows experience index) for my computer was 5.9. Is this a random number, or is Windows 8.1 actually calculating the WEI in the background, and just not showing it anymore?
EDIT: Here's a link to a screenshot of my desktop: http://imgur.com/9uruBQb
Try to uninstall/upgrade your graphics driver and see if it says it needs to be refreshed.
I thought the WEI showed lowest component score, rather than average of all? 5.9 is the highest rating a HDD can have- maybe that's it?
Good thought. I do have a mechanical hard drive in my custom built computer, and all other components have recently been upgraded. However, I didn't think that Windows 8.1 had the Windows Experience Index anymore (there was a "more information" link [see picture], but that led to a "this content has been removed" windows help page). Maybe it still has a "hidden" WEI?
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