Solitaire and Windows have gone hand-in-hand since the '90s, but not in recent versions, such as Windows 8. Windows 10 promised to bring Solitaire back to its rightful place as a free, built-in game on every computer. But it's not quite as free as we hoped.
The time-killing game that's been a favorite for decades is indeed included with Windows 10, as well as variations on the game like Spider Solitaire and Freecell. However, you'll have to endure ads, and not just small, unobtrusive ads, but full cover-the-game advertisements that periodically interrupt your play.
Want to get rid of the ads? Why, that'll cost you, of course. Over and over. Microsoft demands $1.50 a month or $10 a year for the premium, ad-free edition of the Solitaire collection.
The premium version offers a few perks, like more coins for daily challenges. Too bad the virtual coins will never equate to the real currency it will cost you to have an ad-free experience.
Or you can grab a free (also ad-free) alternative, like this program that offers 1,000 types of solitaire in one download.