How to install Windows 7 games on Windows 10

There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to play
Windows 7 games on Windows 10. In any case, installing Windows
7 games on Windows 10 is still possible and it’s a lot easier
than it used to be, thanks to the work done by independent
developers.

For those unaware, Microsoft games were bundled with Windows
2000, Windows XP, and Windows 7, after which it disappeared
forever. On Windows 10, you can also play games like Solitare
for free, but Microsoft will ask you to “upgrade to premium
edition” and you might see ads.

On the other hand, Windows 7 games have enjoyed a much more
prominent role within Microsoft’s operating system lineup.

Chess Titans for Windows 10

With a third-party program created by members of Digital Life
forum, you can install and play games like Solitaire,
Minesweeper, Mahjong Titans, and Hearts on Windows 10.

Install classic Windows 7 games on Windows 10

To enable support for Windows 7 games, follow these steps:

  1. Download the executable file from here.
  2. Launch the installer and click on “next”.
  3. Select the games you want to install, but uncheck Internet
    games.
    Windows 7 classic games
  4. Choose the installation path.
    Installation location
  5. Click on next.
  6. After installation is complete, close the program.
  7. Open Start Menu and navigate to All Apps.
  8. In all apps list, click on the “Games” folder to launch
    classic games.

Some of you might understandably be nervous about installing an
unknown program, but remember that you always scan the program
using
Windows Defender or third-party antivirus programs.

Of course, we’ve also scanned the download package using both
Windows Defender and VirusTotal and tested it with Windows 10
October 2020 Update (version 20H2). No threats or false
positives were detected.

If you want, you can test this program in a virtual machine
before trying out on your primary machine.

Also, you can uninstall this program and remove the apps by
heading to Programs & Features page in Control Panel.

List of supported classic Microsoft games

  • Classic Solitare, Spider Solitaire and Hearts.
  • Minesweeper
  • FreeCell
  • Purple Place
  • Mahjong Titans

As of December 27 2020, these games are working with the
following versions of Windows 10:

  • Preview Build 21777 or older.
  • Version 20H2 (Build 19042).
  • Version 2004 (Build 19041)
  • Version 1909 and 1903.

As you can see in the screenshot below, classic Windows 7 games
will launch within a few seconds and the user interface might
look a little smaller than you recall. For some games and
configurations, window size could be locked at a lower
resolution. (Remember, x768 was more popular back then.)

Windows 7 games

While in-game audio is still working and most games are usable,
Microsoft has disabled support for Internet Explorer games –
Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers and Internet Spades.

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