Get Classic Windows 7 Games in Windows 8 and 10 for Free

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Image of Windows 7 Games InstallationPlay the classic, ad free games you loved from Windows 7 (along with Mahjong Titans, Chess Titans and Purble Place from Windows Vista) on computers running Windows 8 and Windows 10. Winaero (who has quite a nice collection of useful free Windows utilities and programs, check them out) has packaged these great games into one downloadable file that will run on Windows 8 and 10. Complete directions are on the page - download and extract the .zip file to install the program, then choose any or all of these games:

Games:

  • Chess
  • FreeCell
  • Hearts
  • Mahjong
  • Minesweeper
  • Purble Place
  • Solitaire
  • Spider Solitaire

Internet Games:

  • Internet Backgammon
  • Internet Checkers
  • Internet Spades

Note: When you click on the download link, you'll be taken to separate page to download the program. There's a large ad on the page, with the download link (labeled "Download Windows 7 games for Windows 10") directly below the ad.

The program file is too large to be uploaded to VirusTotal, but WOT rates the site as safe and the file scanned free of malware using multiple anti-virus programs on my Windows 8.1 system.

Download Classic Windows 7 Games for Windows 8 and 10

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150 Mbytes for a handful of games? Someone needs to explain to me why this makes sense before I will extract this virus bomb on my computer.

@aaronb:
150 Mbytes is not too much when you have seen the number of system libraries that have to come with it. Just think: These programs all use libraries that are part of Windows 7 but not in Win 8 or 10.

And you fear of viruses is understandable but in this case definitely not warranted. I have it on all our five computers at home and on dozens of customer machines. None of the (IMHO at least) best cleaner-upper programs has ever found anything after installing and/or using these programs. Hand on my heart.

I don't know how you found these games, but would like to thank you.

Keep up the great work.

You're quite welcome. :) I found the games when I downloaded the Winaero utility that tweaks Windows 8.1. I had used it before and wanted to use a few of the tweaks after a recent hard drive failure and subsequent re-installation of Windows 8.1. I had a full hard drive backup but decided a clean installation of Windows 8.1 would be fun, and a fresh install seems to make Windows snappier and more responsive. I was looking around their site to see what other programs they had and found the games. I liked them so much I thought others would too.

YAY!

I don't like the Windows Hearts - very few computer Hearts games offer full options.

:) Glad you like this.

@rhiannon:

THANK YOU! That's a treat, BIG TIME!

I'm really happy you like it. :)

@danielson:
You write "For some reason, it didn't come along with the installation".
I am not sure about Windows 7 Starter (or Basic?) but from Home on upwards the games are there; they just have to be installed like this:
1. Control Panel
2. Programs and Features
3. Turn Windows features on or off (left side bar)
4. Find Games and put check mark into the little square
5. Click Okay
6. Close Programs and Features

Maybe you have to log off/on or even to restart the system, I don 't know any more (too long ago...)

Great tip. :)
Good finds Rhiannon. Among the games, I like Hearts the most. I've now installed it and it works perfectly in my Windows 10 system, much better than Hearts Deluxe which is supported by ads.
 
Did you know that one of the worst Windows 10 sacrifices is that Windows 10 has "No more Hearts"?
 
Now the Hearts has come back, unofficially :)
I've missed the old Hearts too, and I'm happy to have it back. I'm delighted you're enjoying them too,
Another useful one maybe is Windows Calculator. Windows 10 Calculator has become a Windows Store app optimized for touch devices, yet it missed out some features available in Windows 7 Calculator, which is still available from somewhere and runs pretty well in Windows 10 as a portable program.
 
Good one Jojo, I downloaded it. Thanks!

Me too. I hate Windows 10 calculator and Photo app.

Wonderful!
Thanks for the nice dig!!
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Going to try it on a friend's Win 7 to see if it works there too.
For some reason, it didn't come along with the installation.

You're more than welcome.