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Install Windows 7 Games Hearts, Solitaire and More On Windows 10

When Microsoft released Windows 8 a lot of users were disappointed with the lack of traditional built-in games. Here’s how to get them back in Windows 10.

When Microsoft released Windows 8, a lot of users were disappointed with the lack of built-in games. The company did release a collection of modern Xbox card games based on the classic Microsoft Solitaire and Freecell. However, a lot of people weren’t impressed with the deep integration with Xbox and the online gameplay. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection stills exist in Windows 10, and it looks like this is the future of these popular leisure pleasures. I don’t like them either, and they seem to be buggy and can come across a bit confusing.

For users who yearn for the classic old school card games and others like Minesweeper, Mahjong Titans, and Purble Place, there is one unofficial third-party solution for you. The folks over at Winaero.com have hosted a link with a packaged setup file so you can reinstall your favorites.

Install Classic Windows 7 Games on Windows 10

Download Windows 7 Games for Windows 10, extract the zip file and launch Win7GamesForWin10-Setup.exe to start the install wizard.

Choose from the list of games you would like to install on your system.

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After installation is complete, click Start and then navigate to All Apps > Games to find what you just installed.

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Now you can resume your favorite past time just the way you like it.

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By the way, we tested this out on the latest Windows 10 November Update, and it works on Windows 8, too.

Also, if you miss the classic Pinball game that was included in older versions of Windows, (I wasted a lot of time with it at work on Windows 2000) read our guide: How to Install Space Cadet Pinball on Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10.


24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Stuart Wines  

    Just downloaded Window 10 Insider Pro Build 11099. As usual following W10 uodates re-installed the Windows 7 Games from your installation .exe file, but they will not start..

    • martin ison  

      i cannot get my updates to give me back desktop solitaire.
      AND my c.d player will not work .

      PLEASE help but speak in simple language that the computer unwashed can understand

      • Michael Martin  

        open the device manager (go to this PC and right click, if you don’t see properties click more then click Properties) find Device Manager and open it. Find DVD/CD-ROM drives, click it and it will show a listing of any DVD or CD drives on your system highlight (select) the one that is not working. Click Action then click uninstall. next click action again and click “Scan for hardware changes. test the CD/DVD if it still doesn’t work reboot and it should.

  2. BobK  

    I have been re-loading the Windows 7 games after each new insider build wiped them out (even with Windows saying on start-up that EVERYTHING is where you left it. 11099 kills the games completely. They instantly exit when you start them.

    • Vampy  

      That’s EXACTLY what happened to me with these games. I’d open them and they wouldn’t even open after running Windows Update and I couldn’t find a solution or why it happened. I had so many problems with Windows 10 that it wouldn’t even let me connect to the Internet anymore. I used a program called dban and wiped my hard drive clean and went back to Windows 7 and will never use Windows 10 again! Now I have my games back and can get online. Thanks a lot Microsoft….

  3. Jim  

    Thanks, but after 20 hrs of the microsoft techs trying to fix problems created by Windows 10, they rolled it bak to windows 7 Ultimate that I had before.

    There are still problems that they can’t fix. It totally ruined my AutoCAD program and corrupted many of my directories. Thankfully I had backed everything up to an external hard drive and disconnected it before Microsoft forced Windows 10 on me. I didn’t lose much.

    My brother is also fighting problems created when he “updraded” (HA!) to Windows 10.

  4. martin ison  

    give us back our old solitaire and cd use.
    as a novice with visual impairment PLEASE use simple language for the technically unwashed.
    m.ison.

    • martin ison  

      please answer.

  5. StuartW  

    Although the games still work in the current public build of Windows 10, it has not, as stated by Bobk above, not worked in any of the recent Insider Preview builds. Has anyone any idea if this can be resolved before the next big public build, which I believe is due in June?

    • I need to test this out. Microsoft must be “intentionally” blocking it.

      • Michael Martin  

        to borrow a term from android the games seem to close as they are opening or instantly “force stop” the internet games seem to work.

  6. Ken  

    Just downloaded the new “Anniversary Update 2016”. It wiped out the games. I reinstalled but they will not run at all. Seems they are being intentionally blocked!

  7. Niklas  

    I noticed the same! 🙁

  8. Bill  

    me too, I hope someone finds a solution

    • Niklas  

      The solution is to simply download the installer again and re-install it. The version from April 2016 works with Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

      • Bill  

        Thanks Nikias, that worked for me my Surface 4 with the win 10 anniversary now lets me play FreeCell.

  9. Deb  

    I had a clean install of Win10 by a computer repair shop (I find out later my Toshiba was not considered compatible, by Toshiba, with Win10). That said, I tried installing the Win7 games per the above and they will not extract from 7-Zip file manager. I was able to install the 3D Pinball and that worked!!! Thanks! But I’d like my Win7 games back. Don’t have a lot of computer experience so any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

  10. Jim  

    This is totally unacceptable, and we are at the mercy of those that desire to manipulate us with changes that aren’t needed.
    My O.S. went from a useful, enjoyable tool for me to a bunch of APPS and junk I totally have no use for.
    I upgraded in good faith to 10 from 7, along with many others, and I can see I’m not the only dissatisfied user.
    I really enjoyed the old windows 7 games, solitaire and hearts were my favorites, but maybe this is a good thing, it will force me away from the computer to read a good book or do something more useful of my time.
    All this extra “fancy crap” on the new 10 is rubbish for me, they took a good O.S. (7) and ruined it instead of making it better, WHY????????
    Maybe $$$$$$$$$ at our expense.

  11. Diana N  

    I have a whole new PC and with Carbonite back up thought I could get these back, but found, as others did, the exe files would not run. I did as suggested by Niklas on 8/13 and I can use the games again. The only thing I lost (probably my bad) is the actual games folder short cut, so I’ve put them all on my desktop individually. Good luck guys

  12. Deb  

    My computer will not accept the games. I have Windows 10 Home version 1511. That computer shop did a number on my computer, NONE of it good.

  13. Batya  

    Works! Happily playing solitaire without relying upon an internet connection! I have Win 10 Home with anniversary update.

  14. Kirstal  

    Happy to have found this link after the Win 10 update wiped my programs because of so-called compatibility issues. This is just a scam to make you buy newer versions.

  15. Nandani  

    hey i have already done it and i play few days but after that my windows get updated and then all these game are not open. still these game shows in my lapi.

  16. I’m trying to locate and download the simple Solitaire game I had before I had to do a clean reinstall of Win 10. From what I can see, there are a lot of dodgy card game sites out there.
    I know I could download the current MS Games packet for Win 10 but I have found that version of Solitaire as interesting as reading about fish having sex.

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