Windows XP Internet Games on Windows 7

Please note that this article is outdated since the game server is no more reachable!

In 2001 Microsoft released Windows XP. This Windows came along with some built-in games that allowed you to play with opponents over the Internet, also known as the MSN Gaming Zone. The games was: Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades, Internet Reversi and my favorite Internet Hearts.

Internet Hearts

Unfortunately, Internet Hearts was no longer available from Windows Vista. Furthermore, from time to time occurred problems with the program stability of all integrated Internet games in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Strange program crashes with error messages, the cause of which no one could explain.

Error code: 0x80041009

The support staff of Microsoft gave the users stupid solutions like here:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie11-windows_7/error-code-0x80041006-while-playing-game/b5900f9e-99fd-4864-aba0-2fac16acd41c

1) Start your computer and log on as an administrator.
2) Click the Start button then select All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click System Restore.
3) In the new window, select "Restore my computer to an earlier time" option and then click Next.
4) Select the most recent system restore point from the "On this list, click a restore point" list, and then click Next.
5) Click Next on the confirmation window.
6) Restarts the computer when the restoration is finished.

Plagued by these problems, some people have tried to copy the game files from XP to Windows 7. But an error message occurred when starting the game:

Hearts is unable to start.

The solution is to start one of the copied file (zClientm.exe) with a parameter in a command line. This will register zClientm.exe as a COM server which ist necessary to run this game.

zClientm.exe /regserver

To avoid all these annoying command line frickeling, I have created a setup program which installs all game files and registers the COM server as well. At the moment only program files for English and German included. More languages I'll add maybe later.

Updates:

  • It's over. The game server is no more reachable.

Download:

Change log:

  • Version 1.0: Initial version
Published: 21. May 2018
Categories: Windows Games