The List of Games That Come With Windows 7

Microsoft brings back favorite games from Vista and XP

In Windows 7, Microsoft brought forward successful games from Vista and revived several multiplayer games from Windows XP. The games came preinstalled with the operating system for Windows 7 and XP. Some games, including Chess Titans and Internet Checkers are available only in the premium editions of Windows 7.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 7. Beginning with Windows 8, Microsoft no longer preinstalled the games, but they are all available as free downloads for Windows 10, 8.1, and 8.

As of January 2020, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

Human hand holding chess piece and metal android hand holding chess piece representing computer chess game

Games That Ship With Windows 7

Most of the games that ship in Windows 7 are well-known card games or board games. The list of games for Windows 7 includes:

  • Chess Titans — a chess game with 3D graphics.
  • FreeCell — a computerized version of the FreeCell card game.
  • Hearts — based on the card game by the same name.
  • Mahjong Titans — a version of mahjong solitaire.
  • Minesweeper — a classic puzzle game.
  • Purble Place — a three-game suite for children.
  • Solitaire — the classic card game.
  • Spider Solitaire — based on the card game by the same name.
  • Internet Backgammon — classic backgammon you play with people all over the world.
  • Internet Checkers — play against the computer or with a live opponent online.
  • Internet Spades — the popular card game with multiplayer capability.

How to Find and Enable Games in Window 7

Choose Start > Games to open the Games Explorer and see a list of games available in Windows 7. Double-click any game to play.

If you don't see the Games listing, you must first enable the games as follows:

  1. Select the Start button and choose Control Panel.

    Control Panel in Start menu Windows
  2. Select Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.

    Turn Windows features on or off in Control Panel, Windows
  3. Enter an administrator password or provide confirmation if prompted to do so.

    Windows Features dialog box
  4. Select the checkbox next to Games and choose OK.

    Games in Turn Windows features on or off
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