Games that come with Windows, and any new games you choose to install, appear in the Games folder.

  • Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type games, and then, in the list of results, click Games Explorer.

If you don't see a particular title, it could be for one of these reasons:

  • It's an older game. New games automatically show up in the Games folder when you install them. Older titles might not. To add the game manually, see Install a game in the Games folder.

  • Windows Games are turned off. By default, the games that come with Windows are turned off, in some editions. To turn them back on:

    Watch this video to learn how to turn on Windows Games (0:48)

    To turn on Windows Games

    1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Control Panel, click Programs, and then under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
    2. Select the Games check box, and then click OK.

  • It's a premium game. Some games, such as Chess Titans or Internet Checkers, are available only in some editions of Windows.

For more information, see Learn about games in Windows 7.