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If you’ve moved from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate, you may have noticed some games have been cut from the mix.  Most notably, Hold ‘em.

Microsoft intends to release Hold ‘em through Games for Windows as it did for Tinker but for those of you who can’t wait, here’s a way to get Hold ‘em working on your Windows 7 system.

Step 1.

Download this zip folder.  It contains all the necessary files required to install Hold ‘em on Windows 7 x86 & x64.

Extract the contents to your desktop, then  right click Install.bat and click Run as administrator.

Step 2.

A command window will open prompting you for a keystroke to begin.

Once it has finished it’s job, it will prompt for another keystroke to exit.

If any errors occur, please post a topic here.

Step 3.

Now you can go ahead and click the Games link in your Start Menu and play away!

Note that you may have a security warning when you attempt to play the game.  This is a completely safe method and you can go ahead and uncheck the box asking to check the file every time it’s opened.

And it’s as easy as that!  Enjoy :)

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27 thoughts on “Play Hold ‘em in Windows 7 [How To]”

  1. Bigdwe says:

    there is no link to download the zip file in this post of yours. so how do you get the link.

  2. Rich says:

    Click Download this zip folder.

  3. Davenavie says:

    The zip folder is empty

  4. Rich says:

    Davenavie, thanks for letting us know. We'll replace it shortly.

  5. D4rksh4d3 says:

    the .env file its corrupted.

  6. goga says:

    the .env file is still corrupted.

  7. RSVR85 says:

    It works just fine for me.
    Try re-downloading and running again,

    What makes you think it's that file that is corrupted?

  8. RSVR85 says:

    Ah! I see…. it fails to extract.
    Uploading again now.

    Sorry for the inconvenience. :)

  9. Rich says:

    Thanks for updating the file :)

  10. iiip says:

    hahahah WORKS :))))))))

  11. Jared says:

    Brilliant!!! I have a netbook with Windows 7 Starter, and this works perfectly!! Thanks :D

  12. Sunofawot says:

    Win7 Home Premium x64: works great, thanks very much.

  13. Sir_Tomas says:

    WINDOWS 7 Enterprise 64 bit…..Ans it works! NICE!

  14. VazDrae says:

    wish this worked on XP too… oh well…

  15. Sean says:

    Works on Vista :D

  16. Rich says:

    The download got corrupted. I recommend you clear your browser’s cache and try the download again.

  17. Qwerty says:

    Thanks a lot!!!!

  18. Mihkel says:

    Thanks, it works.
    If you have problems downloading the zip, clear your browser’s temporary files and cookies, then try the download link again by right-click and Save file as…

    Is there any way to install the help file so it can be opened from inside the game? Or at least access it somehow?

  19. Jae says:

    I’m BESIDE MYSELF. Not only have I sought out this particular game for what seems like ages (At least Two years now at this writing) but I have now finally found an absolutely PAIN FREE method in finding it, installing AND keeping it for future installations. You my friend are a miracle worker to say the very least, and I THANK YOU DEEPLY along with most EVERYONE else here that has visited *and those yet to stumble across this very treasured page* for not only bringing this gem of a card game to Life once again in Windows 7, but ensuring a smooth, simple and PERFECT installation!


  20. Stu says:

    I’m glad you like it Jae. :D

    Shame there’s no online play though…(here’s to hoping that functionality appears in Windows 8)

  21. Outlaw_Swarley says:

    What size is the zip file?

    1. Rich says:

      It’s 16.4MB.

  22. Hlkhljkhiy says:


  23. chantszhim says:

    How about Windows 8?

  24. Tobbson says:

    The readme says, that ‘Hold ’em’ is available in 30 languages… But, how can I change the language?

  25. Tore Rontow says:

    definitive keeper!

  26. 'scusemebitch says:

    it works on 8.1

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