Install Windows 7 Games on Windows 10

Games that Microsoft shipped with Windows 7 are fundamentally different from those that it included in Windows 8 or 10.

Windows 7 games were the last that were shipped as programs for example, and there were significant differences in the selection of games when compared to Windows 8 or 10.

All Windows games are Modern Apps or Universal Apps in newer versions of Windows, and while that may appeal to some, others may prefer the older games over their newer counterparts.

There are quite a few reasons for that. Most Windows Store games feel bloated when compared to the games that shipped with Windows 7. The older games usually start up faster and the interface they use is a lot simpler as well. Plus, most don’t require Internet connections at all.

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Another reasons is that these games are not identical, and that some Windows 7 games are not available on Windows 10 at all.

Windows 7 Games for Windows 10

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If your favorite Windows 7 game is not available on Windows 10, or if you prefer classic Solitaire over Microsoft’s Solitaire Collection, then you may be interested in installing those classic Windows 7 games on Windows 10 (or Windows 8 if you still run this version of the operating system).

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Download the Windows 7 Games for Windows 8 and 10 installer from Mega. (via Winaero)
  2. Extract the contents of the 171 Megabyte archive to the local system and run the installer afterwards.
  3. The installer displays all Windows 7 games, and it is up to you to install all of them or only select ones.
  4. Games included: Chess Titans, FreeCell, Hearts, Mahjong Titans, Minesweeper, Purble Place, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades
  5. Once installed, you can run all games from the start menu.

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The package is multi-lingual, and the games have been prepared specifically to run on newer versions of Windows.

Windows 7 games and their Windows 10 version

The following table lists games that Microsoft shipped with its Windows 7 operating system and games that the company shipped with Windows 10.

Windows 7 Windows 10
Chess Titans not available
FreeCell Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Hearts not available
Mahjong Titans Microsoft Mahjong
Minesweeper Microsoft Minesweeper
Purble Place not available
Solitaire Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Spider Solitaire Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Internet Backgammon not available
Internet Checkers not available
Internet Spades not available

As you can see, quite a few games are missing, and the ones that are available, have all been modernized. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if don’t like those new games, or prefer games without ads, then you may want to play those old games instead.

Now You: Do you prefer Windows 7 or Windows 10 games?


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Install Windows 7 Games on Windows 10


Martin Brinkmann


Find out out to install missing or classic games of Windows 7 on Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10.

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