Enable/Disable Windows 7 games

A couple of day’s ago, a friend asked why Microsoft had removed all classic games from Windows 7. It turned out that he was running Windows 7 Professional, one of the editions where the games are not installed by default.

So if you are sitting at work, having a few minutes over and nothing to do, this is how you install the classic games, such as Minesweeper, FreeCell and Hearts.

Start by opening Program and Features”, then click on “Turn Windows features on or off”

In the new window that appears, expand the section called “Games”, and tick the box in front of the games that you want to add. Then click “OK” to start the installation.

When the installation is complete, you will find the games under the start menu, or under the “Games Explorer”

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3 Responses to Enable/Disable Windows 7 games

  1. homlescow says:

    I know this is quite an old guide so I probably won’t get a response but I can’t find the answer anywhere so what the hell…

    Im trying to disable the “Games” feature as shown above but in windows 8, problem is that when you click on “Turn Windows features on or off” in win8 there is no option for “Games”, it seems that Microsoft have removed the feature without actually getting rid of it.
    Any help appreciated


    • Andreas says:

      Hi Homlescow!

      Even if it’s an old post, I will try my best to find an answer for you!
      I haven’t really thought about the games in Windows 8 since most of them are managed from the “Games-tile” in the modern UI.

      I’ll see if I can write a short guide on how to manage the games in Windows 8 during this week.


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