Did you know that on Italian computers, Minesweeper is not actually a game of flagging mines? I couldn't find Minesweeper on the boys' new computers, but I did find some little game called "Prato Fiorito" -- "Flowery Field". It looks a lot like the Minesweeper that I was used to watch my mom play for hours, but when one makes a mistake the field is covered with little flowers rather than exploded mines. It was so disorienting! I did a little Internet research to find out how wide-spread this phenomenon is, and it seems to be just an Italy thing. Do they have a bad history with land mines? To learn all you wanted to know (and more) about Windows Minesweeper, you can follow this link.
And if you've just gotten the urge to play a quick game, have fun!