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Published on 03.09.09 by Brent Trahan

Uninstall Windows Games

Learn how to uninstall Windows Games in Windows 7.

This guide shows you how to uninstall games that come with Windows 7. You can uninstall all of them or choose from Chess Titans, Free Cell, Hearts, Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades, Mahjong Titans, Minesweeper, Purple Place, Solitaire, or Spider Solitaire.

Uninstall Windows Games

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

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    Note: If Programs and Features is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select Turn Windows features on or off in the left column of the Programs and Features window.

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  4. Uncheck Games to uninstall all games, or expand Games and uncheck the game(s) you want to uninstall, and then click OK.

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  1. nitro says:

    Why is this article labeled “uninstall games?” All this does is stop them from being displayed in the start menu, and does NOT uninstall them…

    • Brent Trahan says:

      The games are not simply removed from the Start Menu. They are uninstalled.

      After uninstalling the games try going to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games. They won’t exist anymore.

      • nitro says:

        Then why is it if you re-check them, they are there is they are supposedly “uninstalled”?

        There is also no mention of “uninstall” as quoted in this article, or in the screen shots. It simply removes them from the start menu, hence they are removed from the program directory. Period.

        But first, unplug from the internet, just so you can’t use the excuse that MS connects to some mystery server and re-installs them.

        Poof – the games are back? wow, huh?

      • dave says:

        Actually Brad, Nitro is right..

        Everywhere I look, it’s the same result.. windows components cannot be uninstalled. I’m sure there IS a way, just not without a lot of work. Another article on this, which also states that it does NOT remove them.

        If you noticed your hard drive space doesn’t change one bit when you uncheck them. The reason most people don;t want them is perhaps to conserve drive space. Some people use small SSD’s nowadays and every GB helps.

        Granted, this is for Vista.. but it’s the same idea..

        http://www.ghacks.net/2008/01/05/remove-windows-components-in-vista/

    • electronic lobotomy says:

      Geez I looked all over and got quite a run around trying to solve this one but here is THE ANSWER and it works

      http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/42496-games-explorer-folder-delete-game.html

  2. Sunny Ewing says:

    Thank you for posting the tip. Appreciate it very much.

  3. dave says:

    Sorry… Brad, Brent, whatever lol

  4. flippo says:

    doesnt work for me, dunno why. after “uninstalling” they┬┤re still there.

  5. AReal User says:

    This post is just plain wrong!

    under C:\Windows\winsxs\

    The games are still there. They are not deleted. Some files are 30-20 MB.

    Fix this post! Delete the games!

  6. Almagne says:

    Yes, I agree this is not really removing them. How does one get them off the herd drive for good! I cannot believe that they cannot be deleted in WIn 7.

  7. Simone says:

    I agree. Some people have addiction issues or their kids do. It’s not just hte space – why does Microsoft consider this something that should NOT be able to be utterly removed by the user? It seems completely asinine. Yes, kids and adults can easily just reinstall them – so no, they are not removed. I don’t get why Microsoft can’t get their head out of their butts on cerain things – why on earth would the games be intrinsic??

    -Simone

  8. Brian says:

    I wish there was another system like the old Amiga workbench or something that we could use then Windows could shove it…..
    I hate the intrusive demanding nature of Windows,you HAVE to have this or that I want to choose what I want and not want NOT you Gates….
    MAC I guess it will never be….Unix well same I guess….

    The only one I liked that should have gone further was the real multitasking Amiga workbench…

  9. $had0w says:

    Hello Guys,

    Install the search program “Everything”, do a search with Hearts, Freecell (or any other game), and then right-click the search result (say hearts.exe), select open path and then visit the folder. You can then remove the game or its parent folder.

    PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS. BACKUP THE REGISTRY, SYSTEM AND PARENT FOLDER “winsxs” BEFORE DOING THIS.

  10. will says:

    was able to delete most of the files except the Shell-MultiplayerInboxGames-Backgammon-ppdlic.xrm-ms
    in the folder
    C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-s..boxgames-backgammon_…..

  11. Johnny says:

    hello
    i think i did delete game, go to starmenu and from starmenu
    (game) remove from this list and automatically it will ask to remove or delete game from pc. windows 7 it is better than mac

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