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.
After installation is complete, click Start and then navigate to All Apps > Games to find what you just installed.
Now you can resume your favorite past time just the way you like it.
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.