Restoring animation in Windows Vista/7 Games

If you’ve found that the Windows games that come bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7 no longer animate, it’s likely that you’ve tweaked with the options that determine the balance between visual effects and performance in Windows.

To fix this, press the Windows Key + Pause/Break simultaneously to bring up the System window. Select Advanced system settings from the options on the left and choose the top Settings button under Performance.  On the visual effects tab, ensure that Animate controls and elements inside windows is checked and click Ok.

Performance Options

This will restore animations in games such as Solitaire, Freecell and Spider Solitaire at the expense of also enabling animated windows controls in other applications.