I wanted to play MineSweeper the other day, so I went to the Start button, clicked All Programs, and started looking for the games. I couldn’t find a Games folder in the Start Menu. I checked the Accessories section, too, and still no Games folder.
At that point, I started searching with a little more effort.
Note that you probably don’t have this issue, if you have a manufacturer-installed operating system. In my case, I’m using Windows 7 Professional which I installed from a Windows 7 Professional Retail package. I didn’t select Games during the installation, if it was even available as a choice.
However, Windows 7 may have more games available than are displayed on your system. You can check that, and install the others, by following this process.
First, I started at the Control Panel, where I clicked the Programs heading.
The next step wasn’t particularly obvious — I clicked on the Programs and Features heading.
The next display was the same one where we can choose to uninstall a program. But, the selection we want is in the left-hand column, and is labelled Turn Windows features on or off, (since these are games that came with Windows, even though they’re not displayed, they’re Windows features).
This will open the Windows Features dialog box:
Now, we can see an entry for Games. Even better, it has a checkbox and a plus sign, indicating that there are additional sub-selections for Games.
So, I clicked the plus sign.
At this point, the Games selection has been expanded to show all the choices.
The arrows indicate some of the choices you might want to pick. The OK button will activate them and create the Games option in the Start menu, so you can start those games easily.