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How to Play Minesweeper on Windows 10

Dan Price 17-04-2018

Do you remember the classic Windows games from back in the day? Cruel, Freecell, Golf, Pegged, Reversi, SkiFree, and so on? For all the great AAA games that are now available elsewhere, there are only a few that can hold a candle to these nostalgic freebies.


Of course, the one game that rules above all others is Minesweeper. There was something insanely addictive about trying to reveal all the little squares without blowing yourself up.

While the fact Microsoft no longer ships Minesweeper as part of the operating system is a massive shame, it doesn’t mean you can’t play the classic game!

How to Play Minesweeper on Windows 10

To play Minesweeper on Windows 10, you just need to grab the Best Of Windows Entertainment Pack. It’s available for free from archive.org.

It includes 10 classic games: Cruel, Freecell, Golf, Pegged, Reversi, Snake, Solitaire, Taipei, Tictactics, and—most importantly—Minesweeper. The app also includes MS Paint and an old version of Windows calculator. The app will run on any 64-bit Windows system thanks to its 32-bit architecture.

To download Minesweeper, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit archive.org/details/BestOfWindowsEntertainmentPack64Bit.
  2. In the panel in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click on Download.
  3. You have two download options: a torrent or individual EXE files.
  4. The torrent version includes all the apps in one file, or you can download the EXE files on an app-by-app basis.
  5. Once the download has finished, install the Minesweeper app (along with any other games you want.
  6. Double-click on the newly created desktop icon to launch the game.

Remember, these old Windows games aren’t the only classic games on Archive.org Use Your Browser To Play With Classic Games And Vintage Software On The Internet Archive The Internet Archive is the repository of archived webpages, ebooks, movies, and music. It now offers an in-browser emulator that will allow you to run classic games and old programs inside the browser. Read More ; you can find lots more freebie classics if you know where to look. Who knows, we might even see one of these games get a sequel Nerdy Nostalgia: 8 Classic Games That Need Sequels It's a travesty that games which people adored to the point of addiction were abandoned after one solitary outing. It's time someone did something about this. Namely, us. Read More one day!

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  1. hsks
    September 8, 2018 at 9:32 am

    alternatively, download vmware and copy minesweeper from winxp.

  2. SandreS
    April 24, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Dan, I don't know if it's because I'm using FF, but there is no "Download" button anywhere on the screen as you describe it.

    I found the individual files, but after d/l any one of them, there was no install/setup message, and an error message stating that it couldn't find a .dll file.

    Oh well, I guess I have better things to do with my time than play games.

  3. Terry F.
    April 18, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    April 2018 - Windows 7 Backup and Restore does not create an ISO file. I creates XML and VHD files.

  4. Doc
    April 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    In addition to the .EXE files, you will also need to click "Show All" and download "aboutwep.dll," "cards.dll," and "winclip.dll" (preferably to the same folder).