Games that Microsoft shipped with Windows 7 are fundamentally different from those that it included in Windows 8 or 10.
Windows 7 games were the last that were shipped as programs for example, and there were significant differences in the selection of games when compared to Windows 8 or 10.
All Windows games are Modern Apps or Universal Apps in newer versions of Windows, and while that may appeal to some, others may prefer the older games over their newer counterparts.
There are quite a few reasons for that. Most Windows Store games feel bloated when compared to the games that shipped with Windows 7. The older games usually start up faster and the interface they use is a lot simpler as well. Plus, most don't require Internet connections at all.
Another reasons is that these games are not identical, and that some Windows 7 games are not available on Windows 10 at all.
If your favorite Windows 7 game is not available on Windows 10, or if you prefer classic Solitaire over Microsoft's Solitaire Collection, then you may be interested in installing those classic Windows 7 games on Windows 10 (or Windows 8 if you still run this version of the operating system).
Here is what you need to do:
The package is multi-lingual, and the games have been prepared specifically to run on newer versions of Windows.
The following table lists games that Microsoft shipped with its Windows 7 operating system and games that the company shipped with Windows 10.
|Windows 7||Windows 10|
|Chess Titans||not available|
|FreeCell||Microsoft Solitaire Collection|
|Mahjong Titans||Microsoft Mahjong|
|Purble Place||not available|
|Solitaire||Microsoft Solitaire Collection|
|Spider Solitaire||Microsoft Solitaire Collection|
|Internet Backgammon||not available|
|Internet Checkers||not available|
|Internet Spades||not available|
As you can see, quite a few games are missing, and the ones that are available, have all been modernized. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if don't like those new games, or prefer games without ads, then you may want to play those old games instead.
Now You: Do you prefer Windows 7 or Windows 10 games?
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