Install Steam on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

With Steam support for Linux, there will most likely be a whole lot more games coming out for Ubuntu and its consorts. While the database of games with Linux support still grows, many titles are already available.
To install Steam on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, open a Terminal and enter the following commands:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys B05498B7
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb precise steam" >>


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install steam

Afterwards start it with


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Restore missing d3dx9_26.dll file on Windows systems

Errors concerning a missing d3dx9_26.dll usually come up in connection with games and have to do with DirectX. If you are facing such an error, there are two steps you can try out to fix the issue. Before we get to these however, be warned:

Do not download any dll files separately from websites offering dll downloads. It is not safe to do this! Here are the steps you can try out to make things work:

1. Install the version of DirectX that comes with the game you try to play. In most cases, some version of DirectX is included on the game disk. Usually these are versions that have been tested for compatibility with the game they come with and contain everything you need.

2. If there is no DirectX installer included on the game disk or the error comes up in a different context, you can just try to update DirectX from Microsoft's website. This way you can be sure you are downloading safe content that usually gives you a complete package of the dlls you need.

Play Minesweeper and Solitaire on Windows 8

Along with all the other applications, games on Windows have been turned into Metro apps that can be downloaded from the App Store. The simple consequences are that

1. you need to play them full-screen and
2. you need to download them before being able to play them.

To download them, turn up the Metro menu and go to the Store. All games, including the classics, are found in the Games section:


After they have been installed you will find them in the XBox Games section of the Metro menu!

How to add games to the game index of Windows 7

The Windows 7 games index, which is accessible through Games in the main menu, usually imports all game executables that are installed on your system. But if it fails to recognize a game, it can be difficult to figure to figure out how to add it afterwards.

The trick to add items is to look for the executable of it, which is located in the folder you installed it in, and to just drag and drop it in the Games window. To hide it again, just right-click it and select the appropriate option.