Posted November 28, 2011 – 10:45 pm in: Windows 8 Guides
Have you installed Windows 8 on your tablet or PC with multi-touch display and now looking for some good free touch friendly games to have fun on Windows 8? A simple Google search reveals that it’s very difficult to find quality free games specially designed for Windows 8 and multi-touch displays.
Windows 8 does come with a few Metros style games but if you are looking for some quality touch games for your Windows 8 tablet, you just need to install Microsoft Touch Pack.
Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows is a collection of touch friendly games and applications designed for tablets and computers with multi-touch enabled displays. Even though the Touch Pack was developed for Windows 7, you can install the same on Windows 8 as well.
The Touch Pack includes Microsoft Blackboard, Microsoft Surface Lagoon, Microsoft Surface Globe, Microsoft Rebound, Microsoft Surface Collage, and Microsoft Garden Pond. Among these, Blackboard, Garden Pond and Rebound are games.
Before you download the Touch Pack, make sure your tablet or PC meets the following requirements:
# A PC or monitor that supports Windows Touch
# 1.3 GHz processor and minimum 1 GB of RAM
# Internet access
# 600 MB free hard disk space
# DirectX 9.0 or later capable video card
# 128 MB 3D video card
How to download and install Touch Pack:
Step 1: Visit this page and click continue button to go through the validation process. That is, Touch Pack is available for users running genuine version of Windows only. You will be asked to install a small program on your PC to verify Windows activation.
Step 2: Once done, you will see Microsoft Touch Pack download page. Click Download button to start downloading Touch Pack. The download size is 240 MB.
Step 3: Run Touch Pack installer. If you are getting “Bing Maps 3D cannot be installed. Install Microsoft Framework and try again” error, follow the steps given below:
a. Open Run dialog box, type appwiz.cpl and hit enter.
b. In the left pane of Programs and Features window, click Turn Windows features on or off to open Windows Features.
c. Here, enable the option named Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.x and click Ok button to start downloading required files from Microsoft server. Once done, you will see “Windows successfully completed the requested changes” message.
Step 4: Run Touch Pack installer now, and then follow the simple on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Once done, you will see Blackboard, Surface Lagoon, Surface Collage, Garden Pond, Surface Globe and Rebound entries in Start screen.Tags: Windows 8