I have several XP games (and a couple of win98) installed into the Games
Explorer and so far I have not experienced the kind of problem you mention.
I do experience a loss of config all the time, i.e. the list switches size
and they resort themselves, lose groupings, etc. But they always work.
"Erich Kohl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Well, I've been running Vista for several weeks now. Generally
> speaking, I'm satisfied. Performance is good, my system is stable, and
> the majority of my applications and games are working and behaving as
> they should.
> I have to admit though, I have now run into a problem which is just
> downright annoying. The problem is with the new Games Explorer.
> I'm sure most of you here know what that is -- it's the new feature in
> Vista that serves as the central repository and starting point for all
> of the games installed on your system (allowing you to organize
> everything according to various criteria and such).
> It's a nice feature of course, and initially I got it to work. But
> unfortunately for me, the icons inside my Games folder have become
> seriously screwed up, and I've been unable to repair the situation.
> There's nothing wrong with the icons that represent the games that come
> with Windows itself (Chess, InkBall, Purple Place, etc.), but the icons
> for most of the games I've installed myself are in a complete state of
> confusion. They are THERE, but have become SHUFFLED and INCORRECTLY
> ASSIGNED to the wrong entries within the Games folder (sometimes the
> correct icon for a game doesn't appear at all). It's such a turn-off
> that I ended up disabling the Games link on the Start menu.
> Something tells me that one of the possible reasons for this occurrence
> might be the fact that all of the games I've installed myself are from
> the Win98 to WinXP era and are not officially "Vista Certified." Maybe
> all of the games that are released from this date forward (the DirectX
> 10 titles especially) will know how to better integrate themselves with
> this particular aspect of Vista.
> Microsoft: I support you, but this is the kind of silly bug that should
> never surface in an OS (assuming that it's Windows' fault). By now you
> should be able to know how to get icons to behave correctly.
> Anybody else experiencing this problem?