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How To Add or Remove Games in Windows XP

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This article was previously published under Q307768
SUMMARY
This step-by-step article describes how an administrator can add or remove games from Windows XP-based computers.

For Windows XP-based computers on a domain, you can create an installation point that eliminates games, but if you didn't take that step, you may want to remove games from certain workstations. If you did eliminate the games in the installation package, you may want to provide one or more games to certain users.

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How to Add or Remove Games in Windows XP

  1. With the Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  4. In the Windows Components Wizard, click Accessories and Utilities (the words, not the check box), and then click Details.
  5. Use the appropriate method.
    • If the Games check box is not checked (no games are installed), and you want to install all of the games, click to select the Games check box, click OK, and then click Next.
    • If the Games check box is not checked (no games are installed), and you want to install one or more of the games, click Games (the word, not the check box), and then click to select the check boxes for the games you want to install. Click OK, click OK, and then click Next.
    • If the Games check box is checked and the background of the check box is white (all games are installed), and you want to uninstall all of the games, click to clear the Games check box, click OK, and then click Next.
    • If the Games check box is checked and the background of the check box is white (all games are installed), and you want to uninstall only some of the games, click Games (the word, not the check box), and then click to clear the check boxes for the games you want to uninstall. Click OK, click OK, and then click Next.
    • If the Games check box is checked and the background of the check box is gray (one or more games are installed), and you want to uninstall all of the games, click to clear the Games check box, click OK, and then click Next.
    • If the Games check box is checked and the background of the check box is gray (one or more games are installed), and you want to uninstall only some of the games, click Games (the word, not the check box), and then click to clear the check boxes for the games you want to uninstall. Click OK, click OK, and then click Next.
By default, Windows XP includes FreeCell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Pinball, Solitaire, and Spider Solitaire.

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