Operating System versions
Windows 1.0 and 2.0
Windows 1.0 and 2.0 included only one game, Reversi. reversi.exe is the file name for the game and could be played against AI.
Windows 3.0 also adds a Solitarie alongside Reversi. It is the last version to have the AI version of Reversi since it got replaced in favor of new games later.
Windows 3.1 replaces Reversi in favor of Minesweeper. Some installations may also add FreeCell.
Windows 95 and NT 4.0
In Windows 95, it also adds FreeCell to the collection. However, a compact installation would not install a single game.
Windows 98 and 2000
There are many games same as Windows NT 4.0 did: FreeCell, Minesweeper, and Solitaire. Pinball is also available via download.
MSN Gaming Zone.com Internet Games making it debut on Windows ME. It has 5 internet games: Internet Backgammon, Checkers, Hearts, Reversi, and Spades. 3D Pinball is also installed by default.
Windows XP includes DirectX 8.1-9.0c. Windows Games have new icons, no changes made, and network play removed from Hearts.
New games introduced in Build 5219 and has made by Oberon Games. Windows Vista includes a Games folder (also known as the Games Explorer), which provides access to all installed games from a single location, thereby making it easy to manage multiple games. Windows Vista includes DirectX 10.
Minesweeper, Solitaire, Hearts, FreeCell and Spider Solitaire have been updated and rewritten to take advantage of Windows Vista's new graphics capabilities. Also included are new games, namely, Purble Place, Chess Titans and Mahjong Titans. InkBall, a game previously available only with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, has been included and can also be played using a mouse. Pinball has been dropped. As of September 2008, users of the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista can also download Texas Hold 'Em Poker and Microsoft Tinker as Ultimate Extras.
InkBall was removed in Windows 7 can be download back via websites. All versions of Windows 7, except Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, will include Premium Games. Internet Spades, Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkers, which were removed from Windows Vista, were restored in Windows 7, then removed again in Windows 8.
Windows 7 includes DirectX 11 (same as Windows 8).
The preloaded games like Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans, Purble Place, Minesweeper, FreeCell, Hearts, Spider Solitaire, and Solitaire were removed. Updated versions of Mahjong, Minesweeper and Solitaire are available in Windows Store.
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