How To Enable Games In Windows 7 Professional

Just received an email from our long-time supporting customer, to whom has just bought a new system from us and was wondering where is her favorite MineSweeper and Solitaire game in her new system.

Pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, her new system has almost all the games disabled by default, by Microsoft, of course. The reason is probably Microsoft’s way of telling users that this is a business system and not a gaming one!

Anyway, to turn on the default games back again, just follow the steps below and you can have fun while you work then (just wonder how to do both at the same time ??)

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Click on <<Programs and Features>> and then click on Turn Windows Features On/Off on the left panel.
  3. A dialog box will be shown, as seen below:

    Turn Windows Features On or Off

    Turn Windows Features On or Off

  4. Tick the Games option to enable all games or select whichever you want by putting a tick next to the games.


Have fun!

  1. Arnab Agarwal says:

    Thank U So much For ur help..

  2. Jorge says:

    thank you, very good info!

  3. Navneet Kumar says:

    Thanks 4 your nice help

  4. Big Daddy says:

    Unless your administrators are clever enough to set password protection :(

  5. am muthu says:

    thank you very much, I have lost all games in my PC. As good friend you help me to retrive all.

  6. Brandon says:

    “An error has occured. Not all of your windows features have been changed.”
    This is the message I receive each time I try to turn on the games. Right now, they are all turned off and I cannot get any of them to turn on. Any help?

    • Editor says:

      Sorry, missed your comment. Hope it is working now though.

      Anyway, you need to have administrative rights in order to turn on the features, that means you must be a local admin or a domain admin for your computer.

      If you are and yet it still don’t work, you might need to run System File Checker.

      Go to Command Prompt and type in “sfc /scannow” (without the quotes).

      Hopefully it should resolve it.

  7. Craig says:

    I have tried that and I get an error saying not all features were successfully changed, do I need to do this logged in as the admin?

  8. jamil says:

    Thank you very much.

  9. cita says:

    how to activate games in windows server 2003?help me please…

  10. Janet Kiser says:

    It still works (Aug 2014)!! Thanks so much for your help!!!

  11. HIMANSHU says:

    thank u so much

  12. problem with games says:

    What if Games folder isn’t on the list?

  13. Jenny Giles says:

    “Games” does not appear in “Turn Windows Features On” so there is no box to check. What next?

  14. sad says:

    I am not having option of games in control panel>turn off or on windows features…
    GAme is deleted from there

  15. Tputra says:

    thank you so much :)

  16. Michael says:

    wow, six years down the road and you’re still helpful! I just RE-installed Win 7 Pro x64 the first time since I bought and initially installed it in 2009. I’ve gotten a tad feeble in the days since then, and the ol memory cell slips a bit now and then. Thanks much for keeping this up!

  17. Aamir Khan says:

    Good this thing helps me so much.

  18. altaf says:

    thanks for kind information

  19. Diwanker says:

    It does not work on my pc

  20. Happy Camper says:

    Just bought my wife a new lennovo with windows 7 prof.–Awesome machine!–BUT–she is like “WTH My Games are missing! THEN, I come across your sight–AWESOME, what a life saver–NOW she is happy–Thank you for posting this necessary product info

  21. vishu says:

    in windows 7 64 bit solitaire, chess, mine
    not showing

    • Go to Control Panel\Performance Information and Tools\Adjust Visual Effects.
      If originally selected “Adjust for Best Performance” which disables numerous visual effects, change that to “Adjust for Best Appearance”.

      That should solve your problem.

      If problem persist, you might need to update the drivers for your video card, or uninstall/reinstall the video card.

  22. Ross West says:

    Thanks for sharing such an informative stuff. This is very helpful to me because I am a Windows 7 users and most of the free time I am playing games on my system.

  23. IPL Live Scores says:

    Hurrah, that’s what I was seeking for, what a information! existing here at this webpage, thanks admin of
    this website.

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