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How to run Windows programs in Linux

Date added: 2013-01-17 17:11:09
Platform: Linux
Tested on: Fedora 17

This is perhaps the number one question in the mind of any Windows user making the switch to Linux. The whole idea behind runnin a Windows application under Linux, is not to bring all your Windows applications over to Linux, but to find a way to run those handy programs that can not be replaced by a good Linux alternative.

The first thing you need is Wine (Wine Is Not An Emulator). In order to install Wine, you need to run the following command from a terminal window:

yum install wine

Not all Windows applications work out of the box with Wine, so you will also have to install Winetricks. Run the following commands from a terminal window (important, this will download the Winetricks script to your Home folder)

cd ~
chmod +x winetricks

The next step will be to configure Wine. Run the following command from the Linux terminal:


The following screen will appear, allow Wine to update the configuration in the default Wine prefix.

Wine Configuration Update

The default settings should be adequate, so you can leave everything just as it is.

Wine Default Application Settings

Click on About, enter your 'Windows registration information' and click on OK.

Wine Registration Information

Wine will now be properly configured and is ready to use.

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