Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game

07 Apr 2012   #20

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AAW007 View Post
Another brilliant solution from SevenForums, worked perfectly!


P.S. The "games" i was trying to remove from the Games Explorer window were also Internet Shortcuts (IE) to an online game. I think that, although the system allows you to "Create a shortcut here" Internet shortcuts are incompatible with Games Explorer. They do not show the correct icon neither do they do anything - clicking on them does absolutely nothing. Windows should not let you copy them there, or should at least give you a warning message...

Thanks again,

You're most welcome Adam, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Apr 2012   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Thanks Brink.

I had found a number of good solutions and advice on Seven Forums so I just wanted to join to say so.

I regularly google for help on forums recently but have never been tempted to join, until now. (Mainly due to the experts like you rather than just the opinions of "stupid street" and not too technical like the MS Tech forums.)

Very user friendly


Thanks again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jun 2012   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 62bit

finally found a thread that is just what I needed
I've been trying to delete the junk in that folder for a while but nothing worked until now,

Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jun 2012   #23

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome TDSM, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jun 2012   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
THANK YOU so very much!

I had been so frustrated about not being able to delete 3 pseudo shorcuts to the game Civilization V from the Games folder. The "shorcut" was actually a URL. I have tried 3 times to make a shorcut for my game there but without success. I ended up with 3 unclickable (left or right click) generic files with the correct name for the name but zero functionality. This all thanks to the program STEAM, which I believe to be sent from the proverbial Dark Side of the Force, to put it in Lucas terms. It appears one MUST go through their godforsaken program to access Civ V. Anyhow, that's another story.

I did a Google search about my problem and found this thread with the EXACT, and I really do mean EXACT, solution. THANK YOU SO MUCH. What a relief! Kudos to brilliant minds such as yours! With my deepest gratitude.


June 2012
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2012   #25

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Araaraart, and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2012   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit

How about this one? This one has no name with generic icon. Can't click anything on it. Frustrated @@
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2012   #27

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Rick, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While doing the tutorial, do you have a AppExePath registry entry without a name of a program for it's data?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2013   #28

Win 7 Ultimate

Yeah! The regedit trick worked for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2015   #29

windows 8.1 64

thank you for this!
i'm using windows 8.1 and uninstalled all the wildtangent games
and found all their links to their websites were still in the games folder
and on the apps screen too with no way to get rid of them...

i deleted the entire GameUX key and rebooted
and the entire games folder was gone! :)
solved everything...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Games Explorer Folder - Restore Default Games
How to Restore the Default Games in Windows 7 Games Explorer Folder This will show you how to restore the default Windows 7 More Games, Chess Titans, FreeCell, Hearts, Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades, Mahjong Titans, Minesweep, Purple Place, Solitaire, and Spider...
Can't delete a dead shortcut link in Game folder
I dragged a game .exe to the Start menu game folder. But it didn't work. Now it shows in the game folder with a blank icon. I can't run it and I can't right click on it even if I open the game folder with Explorer (not like other working game shortcut which I can right click and choose hide or...
Unable to delete unwanted icon from game folder
Hi guys, wonder if you can help; I'm having some trouble removing an unwanted icon from the Games folder: here's how I caused it, I had downloaded X3 Albion Prelude on Steam and when the download and installation had completed I had a desktop shortcut for the game placed on my desktop, I...
Games Explorer Game Type
Is there a way to change the game type (RPG, MMO, etc.) for a game that I added to the Games Explorer via drag-and-drop? Barring that, is there a way to change "Unspecified" to some other wording? I don't mind the other missing details after dragging and dropping a game, but I do have it set up...
Games Explorer Folder - Hide or Unhide Games
Hide or Unhide Games in Games Explorer Folder in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 This tutorial will show you how to unhide all games or hide specific games from being displayed in the Games explorer folder in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. The Games folder is central repository for games...

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App