The Real Windows 7 Games for Your Windows 10 PC

By | September 9, 2015
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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.

For 64-bit Windows 10 computers, download this version of the Windows 7 Games Installer

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).

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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:

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After you’ve made your selection (above) click “Next” and the games will start installing.

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Below is screenshot of the old Windows 7 game “Hearts” running on my Windows 10 computer.

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And below, the old, beloved version of Solitaire that is missing from Windows 10 and the Windows store.

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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:

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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.

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Above: Shortcuts to Solitaire & Hearts on my Windows 10 desktop.

And let’s not forget the old FreeCell!

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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.

66 thoughts on “The Real Windows 7 Games for Your Windows 10 PC

  1. Sandy

    My friend loves the old Texas Hold ’em that came with Windows Vista. We cannot find anyway to replace it. Any way you can think of?

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    1. infoave Post author

      I’m happy I was able to find the Windows 7 games; don’t think I’m going to find the Vista ones. Did you look in the Windows store? I bet they have some Texas Hold ’em games on there. I bet some of them are free too.

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  2. Dianne

    Once again you are my heroes. To have my beloved Windows 7 games back, is bliss. It is my 60th birthday tomorrow and I could not possibly ask for a better gift, so thank you so very much,
    From a newly minted senior citizen! (who mostly doesn’t feel a day over 30 but probably looks more like 70)
    Di

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  3. Sharon

    Windows store has so many free games it is hard to choose which to download. I have often wondered if anyone checks them for malware or “garbage” before they are reccommended by the Game Store to downloaded to home computer?

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  4. John Gregson

    Thanks for getting those old games back; I really like Spider solitaire.
    Now, how do I get rid of those terrible new games that came with Win 10?

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  5. JP

    Hi. Am I doing something wrong. I’ve downloaded the installer, but the games do not show up on my games explorer site. In fact nothing appears on it. J.P.

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    1. Peter M

      Disappointed, installer for Win 10 32 bit seems to process installation to completion, but nothing installed in Games Explorer.

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      1. infoave Post author

        These games won’t run on any Windows 10 computer anymore… since the latest updates — 64 bit or 32 bit. See WinAero’s latest post on the new Windows 7 games for Windows 10.

        We’re going to warn you right now that every time Windows 10 has a major update, these games won’t work – and someday they won’t work at all. We’re all going to have to learn to let go of some of the things from the past.

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  6. Jim Baggett

    Folks, this is the nicest thing you’ve done for us old folks in a long time. I have been utterly lost without my Freecell and Spider Solitare since moving up to Win10. I tried all the fancy replacements with whistles and bells and was dissappointed. It’s like finding an old friend behind the counter at a new store…

    Thanks Guys

    J..

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  7. M Canning

    having to download windows 7 games for windows 10 is Pathetic.

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  8. Steve Bishop

    Hi,
    I have a problem.
    After downloading the 32bit from your link, I followed instructions to install. I was offered P/Microsoft Games.
    I accepted this and selected Offline Games, then Next, and i saw the installation package work and I had to answer yes to allowing it to install, then it said Finished.
    Having done all that I went to Start and Games Explorer…….. and nothing there?
    I have found that a Microsoft Games was installed on the C drive all the games are listed but the folders are blank.
    I also checked P drive and there is nothing on that drive.
    I have verified that in the folder view I can see all hidden folders etc.
    I am mystified as to why I am unable to do what you have so expertly listed to do.

    Any Ideas Please

    Steve Bishop

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    1. infoave Post author

      We have removed the link for the 32-bit installer because you’re the second person who told us it doesn’t work. Normally we test everything we recommend – and we did test the games on 64-bit Windows 10 computers, but we have no 32-bit computers running Windows 10 to test the 32bit installer on. In retrospect, we should not have published that 32-bit link and we’re sorry we did. Other sites continue to offer the same link for 32-bit Windows 10 computers, we have now removed it – we should have done so long ago. I don’t see any reason that you’ll have any problems other than not being able to run the games.

      We apologize for not removing the 32-bit link sooner.

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  9. Jim M

    note that the newest Windows 10 update for the new build deletes these games. damn Microsoft.

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    1. Victor

      Jim M.
      The latest update doesn’t really remove them, it removes some register files related to those games.
      Just run the setup to install the games again, select modify ( but don’t actually modify anything ) – Click next;
      this should make the setup recreate the missing files and you’re good to go again. With existing highscores : )

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      1. Jim Akister

        It seems that only some of the games are restored. On my system, Freecell and Mahjong don’t run when you start them. No error message or event log entry that I could find. I didn’t try all of the rest of the games but most do seem to be restored including Solitaire, Hearts, Chess, Spider Solitaire. But my two favs don’t run. 🙁

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    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks. You made two old people (EB & TC) very happy 🙂 Merry Christmas.

      Reply
  10. Sylvia &Trevor Howard

    Can we join in the praise and offer our “Thanks” for getting our old favourites back for us . Wish I could have found you at 3am this morning during storm Eva my home was rocking to the wind and I just wanted a game to play to take my mind of what may occur. But another day dawned and the storm passed we still have a roof. A brillint plus is next troublesome night there’ll be mahjong titan to get me off to sleep again Your brilliant !!!Tands

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  11. Carolyn

    Thank you! I’m delighted to have my “old friends” reinstalled! Now if I can find Mahjongg Titans…but I’m really happy with what I’ve got here!

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    1. George

      Mahjong Titans is there but it is missing from the Start Menu.

      C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Mahjong/Mahjong.exe

      I was able to run it from there. If you create a shortcut be sure to set the directory to run in to this directory as well because this program uses a dll.

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      1. George

        I discovered another slight error in the Start Menu. FreeCell is listed as FreeCel

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  12. hotdogmama

    It isn’t responding to my mouse clicks much at all.
    What can I do?

    Thanks.

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  13. Dean Pappas

    You are just fantastic. Thank you so much. What other surprises can I expect with my Windows 10 upgrade?

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  14. Vanda

    Thank you!!!!! I missed my games from this new upgrade. You guys are wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us and helping out the techy challenged LOL

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  15. Mike

    So terrific to have the old Windows games back!!
    Cloud Eight has my gratitude! Your download works perfectly.

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  16. Barney

    Thanks for the help in getting back the games that I miss from Windows 7. Download and install worked perfectly on my new Windows 10 PC. It will make it easier to get used to “10” now that I have my comfort games back.

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  17. Beverly

    You are awesome. Worked like a charm. My husband thinks I’m brilliant even though I told him I found it with a simple search & download.

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  18. Nikki

    Thanks so much. Super easy and now my favorite “classics” are back.

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  19. bryan boswell

    Trouble is, for we older-than-70 types who only ever played spider solitaire (win 95 to Vista) trying to get your head around delving into other old computers and inserting old files into the new (obnoxious) Windows 10 is a shade too difficult to contemplate. we of the close-to-alzheimers brigade need someone to post a download of a program that will simply do all of those other things for us and run old time Spider just by hitting the desktop icon.

    Some day, maybe……

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    1. infoave Post author

      I don’t see anything obnoxious about Windows 10. I can remember when Darcy & I both had Windows 95 and every couple months we’d have to format the thing and reinstall Windows to keep it running correctly. I personally think Windows 10 is the best Windows since Windows XP. So many useful features like file history and all the new recovery options – all make it a great operating system. But it’s not perfect – heck even Apple is not perfect regardless of that Apple users say. Again – to each their own.

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  20. bryan boswell

    I wrote that the trouble with this article for we older-than-70’s is that it’s difficult to concentrate long enough on the instructions to actually get hold of an old 95, Vista,or Win 7 machine, delve into its innards and extract a file, save it, then import it into Windows 10. We of the close to alzhemers generation desperately need a single file to download, save and then run and lo and behold,, the genie of the lamp delivers the old tried and trusted game that Win 10 has so callously discarded. In my case only one game – the old spider solitaire.

    Unfortunely I dont have the lamp to rub….

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    1. infoave Post author

      I don’t see anything in our article that says anything about digging into the innards of “an old 95, Vista, or Win 7 machine”. I’m no spring chicken and I don’t find downloading a file and installing it to be much of a problem. If the article was confusing and we made it sound like you have to go digging into the innards of older computers to get games, I’m sorry. That’s not what we said. Perhaps we could make it clearer?

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  21. Stephanie Burney

    Thank you very much with the workable link to Windows 7 Games – waahooo I’ve got Hearts back 🙂 Would be really nice when Windows do a friggen update it allows you to keep programmes you like instead of having to hunt down downloads … hint hint Window / microsoft.

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  22. Kathy Limerick

    Thank you so much got this link. It worked beautifully and I now have my addiction, Spider Solitaire, back!

    I totally agree with Stephanie. Had reserved Windows 10, but kept putting off the download because of so many “bad” reports from friends. Then it decides to download on it’s own! Sheesh!

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  23. Rob

    When undoing actions the game stops with NULL error. Any idea how to fix it. Tried re-installation with every other version I could find.

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    1. infoave Post author

      There is no guarantee, Rob. You’re using Windows 10 and if you want the games to work perfectly, you should use the Windows 10 games. The Windows 7 Games were modified to work on Windows 7 – but we did not modify them so if they don’t work correctly for you, consider uninstalling and reinstalling them. If that does not work – you choices will be to use the Windows 10 games or download/buy Windows 10 games from the Windows store.

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      1. Timothy

        I cant even open chess titans. I like the game. Cant microsoft do something for the games to play? A pluging or something.

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        1. infoave Post author

          I wish I could answer for Microsoft — there would be a whole lot of changes.

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  24. Elaine

    ok I present next to each step but where do I find them on my computer ?

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    1. infoave Post author

      Do you know where your downloaded them to? Do you know how to make desktop or start menu shortcuts?

      Reply
  25. fmere

    Just updated to win 10. Quickly discovered that spider solitaire was not working. Thrilled to find this information on getting win 7 games back.
    Is it also possible to get my game history back? I have played over 1000 games with an 87% win rate. Would like keep that winning streak going.

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    1. infoave Post author

      There is no history to get back. These Windows 7 games have been patched up to work in Windows 10 but Windows 10 does not support them. In other words, they’re not native to the Windows 10 environment.

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    2. BBaggins

      I know how you feel, I am on windows 10 and I wish I had not gone over to it. Microsoft put my windows 7 games and other lost apps back on for me after I complained …. and at a cost of £80 (but they forgot to tell me they would remove them on the next upgrade! They updated again yesterday and my winning streak on freecell was 99% on just under 3000 games.
      What I think of them and how low Microsoft can go beats me, but I am sure they are going to surprise me “by going lower one better!”

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      1. infoave Post author

        If you paid to have someone do this, you were ripped off. Hopefully, you can get your money back if you used a credit card.

        Microsoft is not obligated to provide games at all; Windows 7 games are the games you’re used to…those who’ve never used Windows XP or Windows 7 would probably be happy with the games in Windows 10.

        You can get Windows 7 Games for Windows 10 that work in the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10 FREE from http://winaero.com/blog/windows-7-games-for-windows-10-anniversary-update-and-above/

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  26. Silver Fang

    Thanks very much for the x64 link. I was able to set the games up on my mother’s Win10 laptop and get solitaire running. There’s nothing like the old games!

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  27. Celia Anderson

    Thank you so very much for your help in retrieving the Windows 7 games now that I’ve finally bitten the bullet and downloaded Windows 10 – I was really missing the old Spider Solitaire and FreeCell. Your instructions were so clear and it all worked beautifully. You really deserve a medal.

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  28. David Bremner

    I downloaded all the windows 7 games onto windows 10 from you guys and they all worked perfectly until microsofts anniversary update yesterday After that all the games vanished and just short cut icons were left I tried downloading them again and only the internet backgammon and checkers now work I really want freecell and chess totans any ideas?

    many thanks

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    1. infoave Post author

      Hi David. We didn’t create those files we merely featured them on a post several months ago. We’ll be taking down that page soon – and we’ll be addressing this scenario in our next newsletter coming out Friday. Sadly we’re all going to have to learn to leave some things in the past. These games were not made for Windows 10 – someone modified them to work in Windows 10. But any time Windows 10 undergoes a major upgrade, they will cease to work. So far in just over a year, Windows 10 has had 3 major updates. Even if someone does modify Windows 7 games so they do work with Windows 10 anniversary edition – we won’t be recommending them any longer.

      Thanks,

      TC

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      1. infoave Post author

        Caution: We have not checked that link or tested anything on the site.

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  29. Michael McDonald

    The windows 7 games were working perfectly until a W10 update a couple of days ago. Those games were recovered using a routine off the net just after I accidentally allowed the W10 installation from W7 some time ago. However, your above instructions did the job again, including recovery of statistics and I am grateful to you. Many thanks

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  30. Les Barron

    Hi, I downloaded your games (Windows 7 for windows10) and it has worked very well for months. Yesterday, Windows updates wiped out the games. I reinstalled as you advised and clicked “modify.” It didn’t work. My husband is very sick and loves Hearts, Spider Solitaire and Free Cell. Can you help?? Can’t believe Microsoft can change your programs on your hard drive like that!

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    1. infoave Post author

      See our reply above. The games have been updated for newer versions of Windows 10 – you can read about that here.

      But every time Windows 10 has a major update, these games won’t work. And someday they will not work at all..they’re called Windows 7 games for Windows 10 -but they were never made to run on Windows 10. They’re fudged to work on Windows 10.

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      1. MikeD

        Yep, Win 10 update of 10/1/16 won’t allow any of these games to run.

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  31. bill

    installed your windows 7 games. Computer updated to windows 10 to 1067 anniversary edition.
    no more games. uninstalled games. reinstalled games. when you click on a game nothing happens.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Please go back and read the article all the way to the bottom.

      Reply
  32. ED. FOUGERE

    I WISH TO THANK YOU FOR THE FREE GAMES. BEING LATE IN YEARS MY JOYS ARE NOW FEW,OF WHICH ARE CHESS AND CHECKERS.

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  33. glynn cragin

    Finally . I need these games. Well maybe so but this just enforces mu desire. I have searched all over for this!

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  34. Gwen Watkins

    In the middle of a game, the system stopped and says it cannot find the files. When I try to download again, the download keeps being interrupted and Windows Defender (which I didn’t even switch on because I have a far better system) has taken it upon itself to decide this is not a suitable download. I know it is still hiding in the system somewhere but no idea where – any suggestions?

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    1. infoave Post author

      You should try a different browser – as this sounds more like Windows “SmartScreen” than Windows Defender. I’m guessing you’re using Internet Explorer or Edge – try using Firefox or Chrome to download. Keep in mind Windows 7 games don’t really belong on windows 10 PC’s. There are people who keep modifying them to work on Windows 10 – however someday they won’t work at all. So keep that in mind. It may be a good time to start looking for good alternatives.

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