Dec 17 2007

Add 3D Pinball To Windows Vista

If you loved to play 3D Pinball on your XP computer you know by now that Microsoft didn’t include it in Vista for some strange reason. Well there’s good news it works just fine in Vista and it’s not hard to get it working as long as you have or know someone with a XP computer, and a way to transfer some files, a USB thumb drive or burning a cd works or zip it up and Email it to yourself. For windows 8 instructions follow the link below.

UPDATE 07/31/09 If you need the Pinball files I setup a download site at MediaFire here


Here’s how to get it working:

  1. On a Windows XP computer, click the My computer icon and navigate to C:Program FilesWindows NT folder.(you may need to click show the contents of this folder to gain access)
  2. Copy the folder called Pinball to USB thumb drive or a cd or zip it up and Email it to yourself.
  3. On your Vista Computer logon as an administrator, then insert your device that has the folder Pinball on it. Copy the folder Pinball to C:Program FilesMicrosoft Games. You will need to deal with the User Account Control a few times.
  4. Now open the Pinball folder at C:Program FilesMicrosoft Games and locate the file called pinball.exe
  5. Right click the Pinball.exe file and drag it to the Games folder in the Start menu and choose copy here, and you’re done.

Now when you want to play 3D Pinball just click Start > Games > Pinball.


UPDATE 9-5-08 If you want really high scores check out how to Hack 3D Pinball right here.

UPDATE 07/31/09 If you need the Pinball files I setup a download site at MediaFire here

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    163 Comments on this post


    1. Mystery Revealed: Why Microsoft Dropped the Popular Pinball Game since Vista? wrote:

      […] it’s possible adding Pinball to Windows Vista or Windows 7, it may only work in a 32-bit of Windows. If you are running 64-bit of Windows and like to play […]

      December 19th, 2012 at 3:07 am
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      December 19th, 2012 at 3:07 am
    1. Kevin said:

      Sorry Sam, I don’t have a Mac to try it out.

      July 15th, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    2. Larry said:

      Thanks for the info. When I Googled “Pinball for Vista” your’s was the first site I tried.

      Quite a few years ago my wife and I played “Space Pinball” on, I believe, a Windows 95 machine. I was dissappointed with each version of Windows that didn’t have it and so glad when it was on my XP machine.

      We now have two Vista laptops and with your download we have something to do when the internet is down. Last night we lost everything, cable, internet and phone when a storm took out Broadstripe. We ended up playing a dice game called Kismet. She beat me five out of six games.

      July 16th, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    3. Ruth Tidd said:

      Lost all my start menue games , can you help me find free cell,mine sweep ,spider solitaire, hearts and possibley Bejeweled ( my most favorite game). Free downloads if possible all I can find are 1 play demos.


      July 29th, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    4. Ea said:

      I downloaded it, and everything went smoothly, until I tried playing it. Every time I try to to play it, it says,” WAVEMIX.INF is missing- it must be in file directory!”

      August 14th, 2010 at 1:06 am
    5. Scott said:

      @Ea, follow CJ’s advise from above and it will work.

      For those of you who are getting the message saying that the WAVMIX.INF file is missing, you copied the PINBALL.EXE file. Since the application needs to be in the same folder as the files it needs to run properly, putting the file in a folder isolated from its buddies is going to confuse it. Quick and easy fix ? instead of clicking ?copy here? after dragging it with a right click to your start menu, click ?create shortcuts here?. This will, as the text says, create a shortcut in your start menu linking to the EXE file. This way, you can easily access it while it?s still with its buddies. Sorry if this seems choppy, I?m a horrible? story-teller.

      August 15th, 2010 at 7:19 am
    6. Twig said:

      i do not have access to a pc with windows xp. i miss space cadet & would like to have it downloaded on my windows vista? perplexed, what do i need to do, or is all not. Thanks, Twig

      November 13th, 2010 at 7:17 am
    7. Tom said:

      Just follow the directions

      November 13th, 2010 at 7:22 am
    8. Mads said:

      Hey. Can u e-mail me the files, cant get on to a XP computer. Mads.

      November 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 am
    9. Kevin said:
      November 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 am
    10. David said:

      holy shit! this works. though you don’t have to all ALL that jazz- simply go to program files (just go to my douments then type program files into the adress bar) click on microsoft games, then copy the pinball file. I have been looking for a good pinball game for a long time- and am pleasantly suprised i found this site. it’s not a trial version either lmfao!

      December 21st, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    11. NoL0815 said:

      thank you very much!!!! :))))

      January 10th, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    12. Kyler said:

      Thanks so much!! i love the game but was so sad it didn’t come with Windows 7 (these steps work for Windows 7 too:) so i dug out my old xp and followed your steps and presto! i had it! NO junk, viruses, complications, operation errors, 404 not founds, etc.!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 7th, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    13. Daniela said:

      COOOLLLL – This is the best tip ever – It worked!!!!!!! THX

      March 6th, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    14. Hannah said:

      Can somebody email me the link??? please?

      March 10th, 2011 at 12:35 am
    15. yennifer said:

      help me to get my little cousin really wants it! we have nothing to do πŸ™

      March 27th, 2011 at 1:55 am
    16. Anastas said:

      I ‘am Anastas … I like play games pan ball …. πŸ˜€

      May 19th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    17. Finn said:


      Thank you for the information!!

      *off to play again*

      May 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    18. Rebecca Piper said:

      Thank you so much. I am now enjoying playing it. πŸ˜€

      May 26th, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    19. Taylor said:

      can u please send the files to my email cheers πŸ™‚

      May 27th, 2011 at 5:23 am
    20. nooooooo said:

      i have no pinball on my school computer so that wont work i will go back home for it! πŸ™‚

      June 14th, 2011 at 7:36 am
    21. Sam said:

      Hi Kevin, could you please send me a link πŸ™‚ I don’t have access to an XP machine.

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      October 10th, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    22. Sam said:

      Hi, I downloaded the link, and I drag and drop it from my downloads file to my games window, but when I try to open it, it says I need to buy Winzip because my trial has expired. Is there a way of getting round this? I don’t seem to be able to open it with anything else πŸ™

      October 10th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
    23. Sam said:

      Never mind, sorted πŸ™‚

      October 11th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
    24. brian said:

      thhank you i love the 3d pinball game

      October 31st, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    25. g said:

      awesome cool sweet

      November 8th, 2011 at 9:31 pm
    26. JT said:

      I’ve tried this on a Windows 7 computer, and it works just fine! The steps it takes to get in your game folder: ?.

      December 17th, 2011 at 7:45 am
    27. Aaron said:

      says i need wavemix.inf >.<

      December 31st, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    28. beth said:

      i dont have a xp either :/ could u please send me the link too !!

      January 10th, 2012 at 11:05 pm
    29. johna wizard said:

      hey what up a shout out to all my fans yo in ho wants to be a gangsta

      January 18th, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    30. David Wolfe said:

      Hi i just copied the game and it worked but how do I stop it from asking me if I want to run it each time I want to play. It says that the publisher is not verified. can i stop this pop-up.

      February 2nd, 2012 at 12:24 am
    31. zarak said:

      i want free pinball game

      March 3rd, 2012 at 9:23 am
    32. claire said:

      The game downloaded fine but the controls don’t work (have sounds), any suggestions on what to do?

      March 19th, 2012 at 11:45 pm
    33. claire said:

      I found a functional one for windows 7 here:

      March 20th, 2012 at 9:35 am
    34. christopher said:

      i tried to do what it said but it aint working can you tell me how to fix it

      March 24th, 2012 at 2:25 am
    35. christopher said:

      can you just send me a file of it and send it as an email
      i want it so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 24th, 2012 at 7:28 am
    36. christopher said:

      thank you if you do
      πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

      March 24th, 2012 at 7:29 am
    37. tyler said:

      i dont have a windows xp can you send me a link

      April 11th, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    38. tyler said:

      does it have viruses

      April 11th, 2012 at 7:56 pm
    39. cristian said:

      yea i need download only have one computer

      May 23rd, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    40. matt brett said:

      OMG?!!!!!!! Cheers for the link i love pinball i think i just jizzed :O

      June 21st, 2012 at 10:16 am
    41. zac dew said:

      i been looking for this site all my life i cant believe i found it im now complete, PINBALL ROCKS DUDE FOREVER πŸ˜‰ CALL ME MAYBE

      June 21st, 2012 at 10:18 am
    42. callum bradbury said:

      subscribe to me on youtube guys im > makemecake01 and fuck all the pinball haters they dont have a life xx

      June 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    43. Dustin said:

      Uhh .. I downloaded the Setup you left on the site, but I cant seem to find the folder for the pinball. And This might be dumb, but I dont know what kinda computer I have D:

      July 20th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    44. Dustin said:

      LOL. I skipped like 2 steps and got it o-o

      July 20th, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    45. Dustin said:

      Ohh. Never mind. The game says “You are missing the WAVEMIX.INF – It may be in the game directory!” Uhh. Kevin, Could you mind helping me out? I only have one PC. Please and thank you (:

      July 20th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    46. Tia said:

      can’t find this “program files” folder !?

      September 14th, 2012 at 5:34 am
    47. Richard said:

      I’ve downloaded space cadet to my windows 7 machine from and everything works except the sounds. I have even copied it from a xp machine and have the same problem. The music plays from the menu, but not the pinball sounds. When I go to the program files, I can click on the individual sound files and they will play. I’ve redownloaded it several times and always the same. Do you have any suggestions?

      October 11th, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    48. bob said:

      thanks so much for this. 3d pinball was my favourite of these games, and I couldn’t find anywhere to get it from for a long while. Works like a dream

      November 21st, 2012 at 8:20 pm


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