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Old 12-02-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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how to run .exe files

I just downloaded linux ubuntu, and I've been having trouble running some of my windows games on the machine. I know that linux cannot "process" .exe files, but I heard there is a program called WINE to somehow run those files. Problem is, Whenever I try to put in a CD, the computer still recognize any of the files inside. Can anybody help me on this matter?
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Welcome to LQ!!

First, have you installed Ubuntu, or are you running from the CD?

You will need to install WINE---which should be available in your package manager. But--especially for games--I would suggest looking at CrossOver --
CrossOver is the commercial version of WINE---with a nice GUI + support. They have a free trial period.
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To install wine simply
apt-get install wine
as administrator of course. After that's installed simply wine <name_of_executable> and your windows binaries should run like champs. Although, as with all things wine, YMMV.


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It's also recommended that you install the program you would like to use with wine (eg. run the installer.exe) and let it install itself to the wine fake c:\ drive. Programs installed this way usually work better with wine and as an added bonus you get easier access to the program from the applications > wine menu.


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