Playing the Windows games

Windows provides several games on the Start menu. You can add others using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.


The object of FreeCell is to move all the cards to the home cells, using the free cells as placeholders. To win, you make four stacks of cards on the home cells, one for each suit, stacked in order of rank, from lowest (ace) to highest (king).

Open FreeCell


The object of Hearts is to have the lowest score at the end of the game. At the end of each hand, you get one point for each heart in your hand and 13 points for the queen of spades. If you win all the hearts and the queen of spades in one hand (called shooting the moon), you score zero points and each other player scores 26 points. The game continues until one player gets 100 points or more, or until the dealer quits the game.

Open Hearts


The object of Minesweeper is to find all the mines as quickly as possible without uncovering any of them.

Open Minesweeper


The object of Solitaire is to use all the cards in the deck to build up the four suit stacks in ascending order, beginning with the aces.

Open Solitaire

Space Cadet 3D Pinball

The primary goal of Space Cadet 3D Pinball is to launch the ball and then get as many points as possible by hitting bumpers, targets, and flags.

The game is divided into nine levels of play, represented as ranks. The lowest rank is Cadet, and the highest rank is Fleet Admiral. Advancement to the next rank is achieved by selecting and completing a series of missions. As you advance in rank, new and more challenging missions become available to you. The higher the rank, the greater the point reward.

Regardless of your skill level, you start each game with three balls and the rank of Cadet, and you earn additional balls and rank advancement as you play.

Open Space Cadet 3D Pinball

Spider Solitaire

The object of Spider Solitaire is to remove all of the cards from the ten stacks at the top of the window in the fewest number of moves.

Open Spider Solitaire


To open a game, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Games, and then click the game you want to open. 

If you do not see Games on your All Programs menu, then the games were not installed when Windows was installed. For more information, click Related Topics

For information about playing a game, click the Help menu in that game.

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