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


Follow this guide to get your favorite Windows 7 games including Solitaire, Chess, Hearts, and Minesweeper working on Windows 10.

When Microsoft released Windows 8, a lot of users were disappointed with the lack of built-in games. Microsoft 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 is possible to install the Windows 7 Game Space Cadet Pinball on Windows 10 however, if you’re like me and enjoy the classic old school card games and others like Minesweeper, Mahjong Titans, and Purble Place, we have an unofficial third-party solution for you.

Install Classic Windows 7 Games on Windows 10

    1. Download Windows 7 Games for Windows 10, extract the zip file, and launch Win7GamesForWin10-Setup.exe to start the install wizard.
    2. Choose from the list of games you would like to install on your system.
      Install Windows 7 Card games on Windows 10

      Big thanks to the team at for creating the package for us.

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

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Which Windows 7 Games are Included?

With the latest version of the file, the following Windows 7 games will be installed:

  • Chess
  • FreeCell
  • Hearts
  • Mahjong
  • Minesweeper
  • Purple Place
  • Solitaire
  • SpiderSolitaire
  • Internet Games
    • Internet Backgammon
    • Internet Checkers
    • Internet Spades

Now back to my favorite game, Solitaire!

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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.



  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.

    • martin ison  

      please answer.

      • Cy  

        This isn’t MS, hon. It’s a blog. I would try to help but I’m having trouble myself.

        I wish these were dated.

  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!

    • Paku  

      Disable Windows Security

  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.

    • Jim  

      Jim, you are 100% spot on, why did this happen, all the addedd frills and rubbish we really don’t need and didn’t ask for?
      The photo management on 10 really sucks compared to 7, and like you mentioned, this ugly move by Microsoft has forced me away from the computer to do more useful things with my time.
      It’s definitely sad these comments and replies aren’t dated, and I’m sure Microsoft has been told many a thousand times what they can do with all the extra added “CRAP” we didn’t need or want, but they don’t care.
      Definitely $$$$$$$$$ 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.

  17. cy  

    How could they take an excellent suite of live games and withhold it from us, while pushing trash versions through the store? Now I have to risk malware to get a patch? Obviously it’s doable–I have been playing Spades on W10 via a file I found on a blog a few years back…

    Since my last update yesterday, now I’m getting those server errors we get–I hope it’s the same old thing and it lets up soon.

    I’d like for this to work as a back-up. I’d also like to know we have a friend in Russia which isn’t a black hat. :)

    However, it may not work after all?


  18. Ron  

    Thank you.

  19. Melanie Jean Mayfield  

    I got a new computer with Windows 10 but there no games like on Windows 7. How do I get my games back? I want to play the old familiar versions of Freecell, Mahjong, and Spider Solitaire. I found some very confusing “instructions” on line but they make no sense. They say it’s free but it’s only a one-week free trial.

  20. Shaded  

    This works. It’s not a virus. be sure to uncheck any aditional software it tries to install with it. Always read exactly what’s on screen when installing something. It’s far too easy to just “Yes” “Continue” “Finish” and infect your computer with malware.

  21. Deb  

    After all this this time, it finally works! Not sure why; perhaps the last Windows 10 upgrade changed things, but I downloaded, open the ZIP files, went to the start menu and found all the old Win7 games under my “Games” folder. Hallelujah! I made shortcuts on the desktop. Now let us hope Win10 does not do something stupid again that makes these games inaccessible!!

  22. Deb  

    Now for an update. Had to get a new laptop about a month ago. I will not get into the issues with having my data from the old hard drive transferred/installed in my new laptop, lest I go on a rant. Nor will I go on a rant about Win10, which I still dislike. However, I have been able to install all the Windows 7 games from the link here, as well as the pinball game – and it all worked with no problems! The laptop seems to have a more updated version of Win10 than my old laptop, but I was having trouble with Win10 updates in the last year or two; last update I had I never got a notification – not that that was a bad thing as I ended up having to fix things – but it took some 4-5 hours to download. I figure it was a harbinger of things to come now that I look back. But I digress. Win7 games and pinball worked perfectly with no problems upon installing them from here! Thanks!

    • Hi Deb. We’ve heard about the slow download speed from a lot of users so we’ve re-hosted the files. Hope this helps with future downloads.

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