How To Disable Windows 7 Default Games

If you never play the default games included in Windows 7, you can disable them. Here’s how.

The Games folder lives in the Start menu in All Programs. The default games are boring and most users don’t play them.

Start Menu Games

Click Games Explorer to launch a central location where you can manage the default games and others you’ve installed.

games explorer

You need Administrator privileges to disable the default games. Click Start and type: optionalfeatures.exe in the Search box. Hit Enter.

Start Menu

The Windows Features screen comes up. Uncheck the Games folder all subfolders too. Or, expand the Games folder and just uncheck the ones you don’t want available on your system. Click OK.

Windows Features

Wait while your system removes the Games feature.


When finished, a restart of your computer is required. Click Restart Now.

Restart System

After your system reboots, click on the Start Menu >> All Programs and you’ll see the default games are no longer there. 3D Space Cadet Pinball, Halo Combat Evolved and a couple others are showing because I installed them separately.

default games gone

Click on Games Explorer. The default games are no longer listed. But you’re still able to use Games Explorer to manage the games you’ve installed.

games explorer defaults gone

If you don’t want users on a shared computer playing games at all, set Group Policy Editor to run only specific programs.



  1. Johnny

    February 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I found the games folder & deleted them all. Did I actually delete them? Or maybe just hide them?
    They don’t take up all that much space on my H.D. but I never play them & more room is more room. Did I do a bad thing?
    I did this a long time ago, way before this article.
    Right click & delete. I’m pretty sure their gone.
    Thanx, J.

  2. Chaitanya

    February 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Johnny,
    You have mentioned that you did right click and deleted, then try a chance searching in recycle bin.
    If you have done disk clean up then it will not be present.

    One big procedure is available but you need patience to do it.

    Get the files and supported files of these games and update it in OS installed path(system32), then you need to create .dll file and update registry as well.

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