Windows 7 games for Windows 10 Anniversary Update and above

If you are a Windows Insider, you might be already knowing that Windows 10 Anniversary Update, formerly known as Windows 10 Redstone update broke the classic Windows 7 games. They no longer work. Here is an updated Windows 7 Games package which solves this issue.


To get Windows 7 Games working in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, follow the instructions below.

  1. Get the ZIP archive with Games from the following link: Download Windows 7 Games for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
  2. Unpack and execute the file Windows 7 Games for Windows 10 and 8.exe. Windows 7 Games for Windows 10 anniversary update
  3. Follow the installation wizard and select the desired games you want to get in Windows 10. Windows 10 Select games to install

You are done! Go to the Start menu and play your favorite games now. Windows 10 games from Windows 7 in Start menu

This Windows 7 Games package is compatible with all builds of Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Windows 10 build 14328 games

The package installs games in your operating system's language. The following games are available:

Solitaire
Spider Solitaire
Minesweeper
FreeCell
Hearts
Chess Titans
Mahjong Titans
Purble Place
Internet Spades
Internet Checkers
Internet Backgammon

and of course the shortcuts to them in Games Explorer

Windows 10 game explorer with games from 7
Games in action in Windows 10 builds 14328:

Enjoy.

72 thoughts on “Windows 7 games for Windows 10 Anniversary Update and above

  1. anon

    Just tried – it works.
    THANK YOU.

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    1. Robert

      Have downloaded W7 games for W10. Can not extract, a message says “invalid”

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      1. Robert

        Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your comments.

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      2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Very strange.
        What if you try to re-download the package?

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  2. Myrddin R Emrys

    Thank you for again, giving us this gift of entertainment.!
    It is really a shame that Microsoft could not see beyond their subscription model to have done this for its base… But, just goes to show you how a big company can do something good once and then forget their roots. Others remember. Thanks again.!
    ~Myr
    .end.trans.

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  3. daveo76

    Thanks for the update. It even works on Windows 10 Build 14332

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Great. It should work in every build now.

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  4. David H Johnson

    Awesome!

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  5. Micha

    Thanks, you made my day shiny! I was trying since a couple of Win 10 releases to fix the games, without success!
    I would really appreciate to find out from you some details about what did you change in this new installer vs the old one (Win7Games4Win10_8_81_v2_[winaero.com]_1169) because I have spent a lot of time analyzing which dlls are called by the games executable………..
    thanks again,
    Micha

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  6. James M Singleton

    A lot of users are going to happy but, what happened to 3D Pinball Space Cadet? I guess it didn’t make the cut.
    I hope that these games are secure.

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    1. Bertram Cabot Jr.

      Wasn’t 3D Pinball Space Cadet an XP game? It’s not included in Windows 7.

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    2. Eric Lukens

      The Pinball game’s development was outsourced by Microsoft to Maxis in the Windows 95/98 era. It was dropped by Microsoft in Vista (and even the 64 bit version of XP) because when compiled as a 64 bit application, the game was unplayable because the ball would “slowly fall towards the bottom of the screen, through the plunger, and out the bottom of the table.”

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      1. Bob

        Although you may have read so at Raymond’s blog, OldNewThing, that information is not entirely correct. XP 64-bit did ship with a native 64-bit version of 3D Pinball that had no such bugs and is perfectly playable on 64-bit Windows.

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  7. James M Singleton

    3D Pinball Space Cadet and Hearts were my favorites but, I have moved on to the Windows 10 games with their new algorithms.

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    1. Bob

      The new Store versions of these games are insanely bloated in size, slow and dumbed down. Windows 7 versions were very compact, fast and had customizable options, nice graphics and features and NO ADVERTISEMENTS or nags to pay for premium version.

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  8. Ken Mason

    I’d also like to install Tinker and Tinker Editor. Where can I find installs for those games as well?

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  9. Dana Stark

    Thanks fro giving me back Free Cell

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  10. Deepak

    At last – Win7 games for Win10. I don’t know what possessed MS to slow down the opening of its games (having to log in, etc) – could no longer have a quick game of solitaire. Computers get faster but MS uses software to slow it down. Big THANK YOU!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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  11. Ikzelf

    Hello
    I love your Old Windows Games for Windows 10.

    But I have one question though:
    Where are the saved games sored and how can I delete them ?

    I saved a game and now I can’t get rid of it anymore.

    Thanks a lot in advance

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      C:\Users\your user name\Saved Games
      All should be there.

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  12. Pat

    I followed your instructions and checked all the games but the only one pinned to my start menu is Spider Solitaire. I have to type in the names of the others for them to appear. Comment on how to fix? Thanks

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Games should not be pinned to you start screen.
      Go to Start Menu -> All Apps -> Games
      In you are on Windows 10 Anniversary Update, scroll down to the Games folder. You will find them all there.
      In that games folder, you can right click a game icon and select “Pin to Start” from the context menu.

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      1. Maarten Reijnders

        I have installed them and when I open it from the file manager it works but every time I try pinning it to the taskbar or the start menu it does not open, instead I get a error message that it cant instal the game.

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          They already exist in your Start menu, in the Games folder. Try to pin them from there.

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  13. London Lass

    Thank you for this! :)

    Why do Microsoft insist on stripping out firm favourites with each upgrade but then giving us things that are not useful?

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  14. Roddy

    THANK YOU WINAERO! After installing Windows 10, I was so disappointed to discover the games were gone. I found the online versions less than enjoyable. Thank you for bringing the games back! How is it that the smart people at Microsoft can be so dumb sometimes…

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  15. Naghmouch

    Merci beaucoup !

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  16. Allan

    no comments

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  17. Allan

    because I want these games

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  18. noone

    why did you delete my comment? was reporting on a error – you don’t want these them bye!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      wtf? I didn’t delete your comment. I have no idea what you are talking about.

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  19. Robin

    Thanks for fixing these everytime Microsoft tries to update them out of existance!

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  20. newton181

    I find a bug in the installer, when the language locale is some like es-MX (in Windows 7 that locales dont exist, only es-ES) the installer use en-EN for locale, but must install es-ES in all variants of es-XX locale, please fix in next releases (i fix the issue copying all es-ES folder from a PC with Windows 7). THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS.

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  21. David Hartley

    Downloaded and installed twice. Will not run with Win 10 v. 1607. Trouble shooter says it’s incompatible

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  22. manger

    Won’t launch after installing Windows 10 Anniversary edition, version number 1607. Says incompatible.

    Will there be an update?
    22.09.2016.

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  23. manger

    Downloaded new version which seems to work on Anniversary edition. You can delete my previous comment if you wish.

    Thank you for your hard work on these games my old man appreciates it!

    22.09.2016.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome

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      1. Viacheslav Fadeev

        Hello. How I can switch the language of these games?
        There’s a known problem of localized Solitaire hotkeys don’t work. So I need to make it english.

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          They follow the installed language of your Windows 10.
          Try to delete MUI folders in Program Files\Games\game-name

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          1. Viacheslav Fadeev

            Great! It works.

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  24. M. Theo

    Thank you *so much* for your continued effort making these available in the face of Microsoft’s determination to kill them off. Their insistence on replacing beautifully designed classic games with ugly, dumbed-down versions (not to mention replacing the indispensable W7 calculator with a version that is not only ugly & dumbed-down but essentially useless) is short-sighted, spiteful, and just plain pathetic.

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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  25. Steve M

    Many thanks! Great work. I was forced into the Anniversary update yesterday (didn’t seem to have any choice) and found today that my favourite timewaster, Freecell was dead. Fortunately I remembered your site, and now I’m back up and running with Freecell. Many thanks!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Great to hear!

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  26. Greg Janok

    Many thanks for providing this! I have one suggestion: Make it easier on your website to donate. Your continued efforts on our behalf are much appreciated, but as far as I can tell the only opportunity to help with financial support is at point of download completion. I didn’t then because I wanted to see if it worked.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Ok I will add the “Donate” button to the header of the web site.
      It is on demand for long.

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  27. Greg Sander

    The Win 10 anniversary update seems to have broken these games. I was unable to find them so I reinstalled. Now I see the games but when I click on the shortcut nothing happens.

    Thanks

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    1. Greg Sander

      Sorry – I did not see the note at the top of the page. I will download the latest and give that a try.

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      1. Greg Sander

        Just a confirmation that the latest download works.

        Thanks

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Nice. Great to hear.

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  28. Shahriar Bader

    Not only works but yet again has retrieved my previous records. Love that man.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Enjoy.

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  29. astro3ron

    So what broke in Windows 7 games in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? and how as it fixed?

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    1. zman

      Used to work great. Latest Win10 update forced on us broke the games. Microsoft sucks. Finally going to Linux

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  30. MollyDee

    I’ve been trying to get these great Windows 7 games to work with my Windows 10 for a very long time. Today I downloaded them from your link and it works! I can now uninstall those awful versions of Hearts that have those distracting pop-up ads. Thanks so much.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome.

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  31. DJA Langenberg

    Great to see that the originals have made it for another day, works fine on build 1607 as well ;-)

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Great.

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  32. Paul

    Games are great – but are removed when Windows does it’s legendary updates.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, you can re-install them quickly. Your game progress won’t be removed.

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  33. GerryR

    Hearts, the only game I wanted, would not install in Windows 10 Pro. Hearts had been running fine all along. When it stopped I tried to download again from this site,…, would not install. On the other hand Windows 10 Pro, while it has some very nice capabilities is so flawed as to be ridiculous. MS always rushes stuff out the door instead of testing it thoroughly first. But my super system is running it and there’s nothing I can do. It even messes up my keyboard, which, when I took it into the other room where my laptop run Home worked flawlessly.

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  34. Bob Pike

    The games do work, but not the card dealing animation, the cards just appear instantly, the same with the tiles on Mahjong Titans.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Reinstall it and you are done. See my comments above.

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  35. gbrinson@suddenlink.net

    Windows 10 Home Build 1607 64-bit
    downloaded and the games successfully appeared. However, each game fails to run due to the inability to find msgames_win8_x64.msi.

    Any idea?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I have NO idea.
      Ensure that you downloaded the installer from THIS site. I do not use MSI packages for games, so they won’t require any MSI package.

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  36. Ian

    Fantastic, can’t spend a day without Chess Titans…thank you so much for your time and effort to provide this. Worked great till Win10 Anniversary then stopped so I downloaded the fix and now working. One thing, is there any way I can stop the security warning “Do you want to allow this app…” from popping up every time I go to play Chess Titans?

    Thanks again!

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  37. G.

    THANK YOUUUUUUUU !!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re awesome!

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  38. Jun Heo

    Doesnt work. Im getting these DLL errors saying it cant open some files. I skipped them and installed anyway to see if it would work. but NOPE.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Which DLL errors? I tried this package just yesterday and it worked like a charm.
      It should not give you any error message.
      Can you show a screenshot or copy error message text?

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  39. Boghu fish

    Thank You! You are the MAN!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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