Free Download: “Classic” Windows Games – Hearts/Minesweeper/FreeCell etc

Like most people, you’re probably not a huge fan of the new ad-riddled Solitaire games that Microsoft included with Windows 10. Fortunately, a team of folks agreed with us and created something called “The Windows 7 Games for Windows 10” – which is exactly what it sounds like. Replicas of the games Hearts, Minesweeper, FreeCell, Solitaire, Mahjong, Internet Checkers and all your favorites, all for free.

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Head over to the game download page here. Download the .zip file, extract it and run the setup file. During the installation you’ll be provided with the option to choose which games you want to install. Simply remove the check mark from the box next to each game you don’t want to play.

Once the installation has completed you’ll find a new Games section in your Start Menu, with all of the newly installed Microsoft games.

That’s it – kiss your productivity goodbye! :) Update: Thanks to helpful reader Davin for his comment (see below). These games may be removed when you update Windows, so keep the installer file handy or bookmark the download page.

Online Games

In addition to the classic Windows game download, there are plenty of options to play these games online, either against a computer or in multiplayer mode. Here are a few of the top mobile-friendly websites for playing classic games like hearts, minesweeper, and Freecell for free.

  • Hearts – Solitaired – With over 500 games available, including Freecell, hearts, and minesweeper, Solitaired offers players the chance to compete against a computer as well as thousands of others online. With their hearts game in particular, you can play against other players!
  • Hearts by MobilityWare – This app is available on the Google Play Store. Powered by AI, the game adapts to your playing style so that the match feels fair no matter who is playing.
  • – This is another great site for free games, including classics like Solitaire, Freecell, and classic minesweeper, as well as sports and combat games. It’s an interesting mix for those who want to play alone or with friends.

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    4 thoughts on “Free Download: “Classic” Windows Games – Hearts/Minesweeper/FreeCell etc”

    1. thanks for this info it works great on widows 11. but will this work installed on a chrome boook ? my wife needs to know. thanks trev.

    2. Thank you for the download page. When I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 these standard programs have been uninstalled. But since I like to play FreeCell, I wanted the game again on Windows 10 – has worked – thanks for that :)

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