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How To Run EXE Files In Linux

Sep 10th 2010 at 6:17 AM

Most of us think that .exe files will only run on windows platform( winxp ,vista, win 7) not on Linux,but in this tutorial i will show you, how can you run .exe  files in linux platform even.A lot of effort and many hours of work have paid off, and Linux users actually can download and install a free emulator that runs Windows programs without any problem under Linux with a emulator called “WINE”. The goal of the Wine project is to develop a “translation layer” for Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems that enables users to run native Microsoft Windows applications on those operating systems. Instead Wine provides alternative DDLs (Dynamic Link Libraries) that are needed to run the applications. These are native software components that, depending on their implementation, can be just as efficient or more efficient than their Windows counterparts. That is why some MS Windows applications run faster on Linux than on Windows.So now lets start its implementation. For those with dual boot systems, this simple introductory article shows you a way to run a few of your basic Windows programs from Linux. If you have followed the very first march above and downloaded and installed WINE on your Linux machine, then you are all set to try running a Windows application from Linux. Check to see that the WINE program is beyond doubt installed by typing the command: locate wine You should see a list of files with WINE.
  1. Be sure you have properly mounted your Windows drive. If you don’t know how then click here for help.
  2. Edit the file /etc/wine.conf by changing the line under [Drive C] to read exactly: Path=/mnt/win
  3. Save the edited wine.conf file and then make sure you also copy the file user.dat to your Windows directory c:/windows/profiles/
  4. If you plan on running a game or other program that uses your midi then Linux midi-sequencer needs to be installed
  5. Now type: cd “/mnt/win/Program Files/Accessories” then type: wine ./calc.exe
  6. This will run Windows Calculator on your Linux! You can load any other programs by using similarcommands, adjusting for directory names and file names as needed.
Here is a video that can demonstrate the working criteria of WINE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5MxqovUdRM&feature=player_embedded Note that this is just a very brief sample of how Wine can be used to run a basic Windows applicati. For detail review you can reffer the below reference links http://linux.die.net/man/1/wine http://linux.die.net/man/5/wine.conf

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