Enable Games in Windows 7 Professional Edition

Just as Microsoft had disabled Games by default in the Business and Enterprise editions of Windows Vista, bowing down to pressure from Employers and the Corporates, games have been disabled in Windows 7 Professional Edition too!

Apparently Minesweeper and games in general have  been responsible for millions of hours of lost productivity !

Enable Games in Windows 7 Pro

To enable these missing games in Windows 7 Professional edition or Windows Vista Business and Enterprise editions, open the Control Panel > Programs and Features. In the left side pane, click Turn Windows Features on or off. Now in the window that pops up, look for and then expand Games – and then select the games you want or select all.

Click OK.

Please note that you will not be able to do this in Windows 8/10. You wont see the Games Explorer too now. Microsoft may have decided to do away with it, since the focus is now on Games as Apps.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. I wonder how many people actually use the pre-installed games in Windows?

  2. @Kevin
    I use Solitaire all the time.

  3. Scott Beamer

    I did a clean install of Windows 7 Professional (upgrade version) on my computer and I’d swear games were enabled by default.


  4. immu

    Hi thanks for providing the tip very useful. You are genuine MVP. Amazingly the games are fully functional. windows 7 has got everything.

  5. Arkady54

    Thanks……………all the games are accessed.

  6. Rahul Gojme

    I access all games now

  7. brese

    thanks man, you helped me fix that!!

  8. Harish

    thanks dude it worked wonders 🙂

  9. Eduard

    Hi all..kindly teach me how to run games from windows 7

  10. Zubair

    Thanx dude it worked!

  11. Mike

    Thanks it worked.

  12. Cleavus

    Doesnt work though if you need adminstrator Access password from the iT department though! – darn

  13. john graham

    can’t choose which games i want on , windows 7 Professional

  14. Anka

    thanks a lot!!

  15. Veree

    works with win 7 x64 oem / Dell latitude e6500 win 7 preinstal.

  16. Ty

    I did this, and they’re still no there and when i go back to do it again, the box is filled and no games are checked off.

    What do I do? And no, it didn’t ask me to restart

  17. Joannes Meyer1

    thank you

  18. Dangerazm

    features doesnt show me anything

  19. Eri

    Thanks Sir, It’s Worked 🙂

  20. ?????? ????


  21. Justinwk

    Read the article above…….

  22. schrodinger_cube

    Thank it worked. now my mom will stop asking where her solitaire is.^^

  23. Gozwe Busutill

    Thank you for the help.

  24. pattar

    thanks a lot for the valuable tip

  25. Sandy

    Thank you!

  26. Yacoub

    I did that and an error always pops up saying: An error has occurred, not all of the features will be changed

  27. ????? ????? ????

    thank you dear

  28. nthami mokento

    thanks it worked

  29. Jimjam4real

    I actual don’t use the games, but I still want them on there.

  30. Gabrial

    Did you not read the article?

  31. P Ko

    I’ve clicked on all the games now how do I access them?

  32. aaaaaaaaa

    thx now i can play games at school

  33. bobby orange

    thx now i can play games at work

  34. bobby orangeeee

    thx now i can play games at home

  35. maria

    I thought Microsoft didn’t add games to Win7. Welp I was wrong. I’m eager to play them all 😀

  36. Renee Heidemann

    not everybody understands the “Chinese” in these instructions! some people do not use a computer on a professional level! So please guys a few nice words might help better than you answer. 🙂

  37. John Moruzzi

    guys I wanna play a windows 10 game in my windows 7 pc

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