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Old 02-01-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Brand-spankin' new newbie here, and I can't figure out how to open my files I've downloaded. I've downloaded some .exe's, but can't figure out how to open them, and haven't found anyplace via Google that can help with this fundamental problem. I know this is obviously a simple issue, but I can't figure it out and am very frustrated!!! I totally appreciate any constructive feedback, thanks much. Steve
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The simplest way from a shell prompt is to type the full name of the program.
Later you can use the PATH variable to contain the directories you want searched.
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Welcome to linuxQuestions.

linux can not natively run windows exe files. What applications did you download and are trying to run?

wine is a windows compatibility API that lets some programs run in linux but it isn't perfect.
Old 02-01-2015, 07:56 PM   #4
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Installed Wine, receiving error message

I am attempting to install Zune software. The .exe file is named ZuneSetupPkg.exe.

I installed wine, and even still I click on ZuneSetupPkg.exe from my Downloads directory and in the Archive Manager a simple error message pops up that merely states "An error occurred while loading the archive."

That is all it states.

I'm not 100% certain what exactly to type into the terminal or how to use the PATH variable as linosaurusroot has suggested.

Old 02-01-2015, 08:13 PM   #6
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Cool Thanks for the support!

Thanks for the support! I think I'll go with tgalati4 's solution, as delineated ever-so-eloquently here in the ubuntu forum:

" Smash it with an 8-lb sledge hammer and post the video on YouTube. That's the only fitting ending for a proprietary and locked-down device with no future and no following. "


Thanks, Steve
Old 02-01-2015, 08:14 PM   #7
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Don't use it my self but wine should be able to run .exe files automatically, seem to recall when I used it years ago you had to set the wine prefs, have a look at the wine website, your first freind is always apropos and man so open a terminal and type
apropos wine
man wine
or of course any other command you need info about, in facr it's always a good idea to look for a man page for any new command you want to use before you use it as some commands when wrongly used can seriously muck up your system, also there are some g*ts out there that will deliberatly try to get you to run damaging commands, thankfully not on this site but on some forums so always try to find out what a command does before you use it.


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