What Card Games Came With Windows?

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By Monica Bates

If you’ve ever used a Windows operating system, you may have noticed that there are several games that come pre-installed. One popular category of these games is card games. Here are some of the most popular card games that come with Windows:

1. Solitaire

Solitaire is perhaps the most well-known card game that comes with Windows.

It has been a staple of the operating system since the early days of Windows 3.0. The game involves arranging cards in descending order and alternating colors in a tableau, ultimately moving them to four foundation piles.

2. FreeCell

FreeCell is another card game that comes with Windows and has been popular since its introduction on Windows 95.

In FreeCell, players must move all the cards to four foundation piles while also arranging them in numerical order and alternating colors.

3. Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a variation of the classic solitaire game and involves arranging cards in descending order within tableau columns according to suit, ultimately creating eight foundation piles.

4. Hearts

Hearts is a trick-taking game where players try to avoid taking certain cards in each round, such as the queen of spades or any heart cards.

The player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins.

5. Minesweeper (not technically a card game but still worth mentioning)

Minesweeper involves clearing a minefield by using logic to determine where bombs are hidden without detonating any mines.


Windows has included several versions of classic card games over the years, providing users with an easy way to pass time or take a break from work. These games have become a staple of the operating system and continue to be enjoyed by many users worldwide.