Games Explorer Link - Fix

How to Fix the Games Explorer Link in the Vista Start Menu
If when you click on the Games Explorer Link in the Start Menu to open it, and it may quickly open and close or not open at all, then this will show you how to fix it so it will open again.
How to Fix the Games Explorer Link in the Vista Start Menu

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If when you click on the Games Explorer Link in the Start Menu to open it, and it may quickly open and close or not open at all, then this will show you how to fix it so it will open again.
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Even though the Games Explorer window will not stay open, you may still be able to run a selected game from the Start Menu, All Programs, Games folder.
EXAMPLE: Games Explorer Window
Other than the links below, you can type Shell:Games in the white line (Start Search) area of the Start menu, or in the Run window, and press Enter.

EXAMPLE: Games Explorer Link in Start Menu
To add or remove the Games button, see Option One here: How to Customize the Start Menu in Vista and dot/undot Games. There is also a Games Explorer link at Start Menu, All Programs, Games folder, Games Explorer.


Here's How:
2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
regsvr32.exe gameux.dll

3. Click on OK in the success message prompt. (See screenshot below)​

4. Close the elevated command prompt.​
NOTE: You should now be able to click on the Games Explorer link in the Start menu and have it stay open now.​
That's it,

Last edited:
Shawn Brink


Re: Games Explorer Link - Fix from sydoz

hey shawn i did this and i still dont have a games explorer folder at all??
no games under microsoft games either
it did tell me the dll thing worked though lol

I have just a few questions first though:

Does it open the Games Explorer window when you type Shell:Games in the white line (Start Search) area of the Start menu and press Enter?

Do you have the Games button on the dark right side of the Start Menu?

Did you mean that you do not have the Start Menu, All Programs, Games folder?

You might also check to see if you have the games you want checked (dotted) in Windows Features under Games.
Hey Shawn
ok 1. when i type Shell:Games it opens a folder called Games , its empty
2. yes i do have the games button on the right hand side of start menu , it opens the same folder, empty
3. yes all games are ticked in the Turn On Off Windows Features box but it DOES come up with an error!!! tellng my not all changes were able to be saved??
thanks again for all your help i really appreciate, i'd send you a beer if i could lol
ok i ran the sfc /scannow
and got this:
Windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.For example

i cant open the CBS.log file?? notepad keeps "not responding " when i try
i just got it to open i so do not understand it lol can i send an attachment?? here
i have to go in a few minutes but will be back in about an hour
i so appreciate the help , thanks

does that mean like a format??? i dont have a restore point i dont think
oh dear, this is getting rather complicated for a newbie like me, i know a bit but not that much!!! i have the OEM version of home premium and i have SP1 installed
A clean reinstall may be easier to do instead. Just be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose first.
well it wont let me upload the log file?? takes forever and then tells me error?? cant find it?? too weird
oh well, will have to get back to you on , this cos i have tons of other stuff to do
kids, organizing a trip in a few weeks and need to do stuff
thanks again
will probably get back you on the reinstall
Ok Serena. Take care of whatever you need to first, I'll be here somewhere on the site when your ready.
Problem: When you click on the Vista Game Explorer shortcut in the Start menu or on the desktop the Explorer window flickers and Explorer never starts.

Background: Game Explorer automatically adds games you install on you machine as a shortcut in the Explorer folder. It even goes to the effort of going to the program and extracting the icon for the new game to use as the icon for the shortcut. It’s all a handy trick that is very convenient for the user.

Plot Thickens: However, if you’ve added a non-Vista game (one written before Vista was released), and then un-install the game, the Vista Game Explorer appears to become corrupt. When the non-Vista ready game un-installs, Game Explorer doesn’t seem to know that it needs to remove the game from its list of shortcuts in the registry. This causes an error in Game Explorer where it follows the registry entry to the directory where the game is supposed to be and tries to build the shortcut for the folder. It doesn’t find anything and so the folder goes boom! All you see is a flicker.

Solution: You need to manually remove the game entry from the Vista Game Explorer registry entries. Vista Game Explorer registry entries exist under the path: KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GAMEUX\. So, you must do the following to fix the Game Explorer. It involves editing the Registry, an so if you are skittish about working around in the guts of the operating system then find your local computer geek to do the nasty work for you.

1) Go to the Start Button and click once on it.

2) In the Start Search text box at the bottom of the Start Menu type “Regedit” to open the registry editor.

3) Navigate to the Vista Game Explorer registry key: KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GAMEUX\

4) You see two sub-keys: “Games” and another that is a long number something like “S-1-5-21-1360280324-1479985282-280780731-1000”

Under the “Games” sub-key are more keys made up of long serial numbers which represent all of the games delivered with Vista: Solitaire, Chess, Ink Ball, Free Cell, Purple Place, etc. But the other key at the same level as “Games” represents games added automatically by Vista Game Explorer. It is the entries under this key that can cause problems when nothing exists in the folder where the registry key points. So, you must delete this entry.

5) Find the key that point to the game that no longer exists. Click on the key to identify it. Go to the menu and click on <Edit: Delete> or press the Delete key on the keyboard. Exit the Registry Editor by clicking on <File:Exit> or click on the big red “X” in the upper right-hand corner of the Regedit window. Now, Vista Game Explorer should work again.

Hope this helps!

Disclaimer: Working in the registry can break stuff including Vista itself. You should have some level of expertise to go mucking around with it. No children or small animals were hurt in the writing of this help guide, no poisonous or toxic gases were emitted, etc. You are your own keeper. Yadda, yadda, yadda.