The Real Windows 7 Games for Your Windows 10 PC
Many of you have written to say you don’t like the games in Windows 10 – they’re different and not as good as the games that were in Windows 7. We’ve found some games similar to the older games in the Windows store, but as those of you who have tried them have found out, they’re not the same as the old Windows 7 games. If you liked the old Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts, and other games from previous versions of Windows, we are going to show you how to get those games back on your Windows 10 PC.
First, you’ll need to download the Microsoft Windows 7 Games installer for your version of Windows 10. There is a 64-bit and a 32-bit version, so be sure to download the correct one. If you don’t know if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version, press and hold down the Windows Key while pressing the Pause/Break key to open the System Properties dialog. Under “System” look at “System type:” and it will tell you if you have a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows.
NOTE: We have removed the link for 32-bit Windows 7 Games installer because we have no 32-bit Windows 10 machines to test it on – and because of several complaints from Windows 10 32-bit users who say they don’t work. Keep in mind, most Windows 10 computers are 64-bit, so the link above should work for most of you who have 64-bit Windows 10.
After downloading the games package, double-click the installer to being installation. You’ll note that the first dialog you see indicates the games are for Windows 8. As we all know by now, Microsoft never added the old games tWeo Windows 8 and they’re not in Windows 10 either. This installer and all the games work on Windows 10 – (yes, we’ve tested them on two different Windows 10 computers).
Click “Next” and the you’ll get a chance to choose to download the Offline Games only, All Games, or Custom (select the games you want to install). See the screenshot below:
After you’ve made your selection (above) click “Next” and the games will start installing.
Below is screenshot of the old Windows 7 game “Hearts” running on my Windows 10 computer.
And below, the old, beloved version of Solitaire that is missing from Windows 10 and the Windows store.
All the games you chose to install with me listed in the Games Explorer. Use the taskbar search in Windows 10 to open Games Explorer. Just type Games in he search:
Above, highlighted in yellow, are the games from Windows 7, including, Solitaire, Hearts, Minesweeper, Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans, Spider Solitaire, Purble Place, and FreeCell. If you selected “All Games” including Internet games, you’ll see them in the Games Explorer.
You can also create shortcuts to your favorite games on your desktop or taskbar if you like.
Above: Shortcuts to Solitaire & Hearts on my Windows 10 desktop.
And let’s not forget the old FreeCell!
That’s all folks! Have fun…
Added on 8/6/2016: We want to remind you that these games were intended to work on Windows 7 and someone modified them to work on Windows 10. Therefore, you should be aware that major Windows 10 updates may break these games and they may cease to function.
IMPORTANT: These games will not work on Windows 10 Redstone (Anniversary edition). Read this blog for a version of the games that will work on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. Keep in mind, the next major upgrade to Windows will most likely break this version of the Windows 7 Games for Windows 10…eventually they won’t work at all.