How can I "reinstall" the games that originally came on my HP Pavillion dv6000 Vista computer which my husband selectively deleted?

Posted on 2009-04-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
When I first inherited this HP Pavillion dv6000 computer, there were a lot of games in the Start > Programs > Games... it seemed like there were about 20.   My husband deleted ones he hadn't heard of.  Now I'm left with 6-7 games.  How can I get all those games back that originally "came" with the computer, without having to pay for them?
Question by:kpolacek
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    Unfortunately there is no "legal" way to get the games back unless you have the original CD's / media...

    Unless you are talking about the built in windows games like solitaire and minesweeper (probably not)....


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    Actually, I think I am talking about solitaire and minesweeper...  Below is an image of the Games available after my husband "deleted" some of them.  Prior to his doing so, there were 20 or so options.  How do I know if they are Windows games or HP games?  They weren't games I installed... the computer came that way...

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    To reinstall or remove the Windows games that came with the computer do the following:
    Click Start >> Programs >> Control Panel
    Select "Uninstall a Program" From the menu
    Select "Turn Windows Features on or off"
    Click on folder labeled "Games"
    Select check boxes next to games you want to install
    Click OK
    Change password so husband can no longer access your account.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the instructions, FrankB715, but when I open the Games folder, only the games shown above are available.  I fear the games he uninstalled or deleted are permanently gone.  Confirmation, anyone?


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    BTW, what does the "HP Games Console" do?  I've never seen than on other Windows computers.
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    Looking at the list of games in the image, it looks like you have all of the games that normally come with Windows. The games he deleted must have been provided by Hewlett-Packard.  That's why you have the HP game console icon.
    Your system should have come with disks to reinstall programs when needed. Have a look at those disks and you will probably find one to reinstall the games. Since you bought the computer with those games, you already own the license for them. If you dont have the disk HP or the retailer where you purchased it may be able to provide you with another disk or a site to download from.
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    Found this article about the HP Game Console.
    It looks like those games may only be demos which means you would have to purchase the full versions if they were not included with the computer purchase.
    Also, you should be able to download the HP Game Console from this site.

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    Thanks for your help, FrankB715.

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