How can I use Windows software in Linux?

Amar Azmi March 5, 2012

How can I use Windows software in Linux?

  1. Carpenter__RichardCarpenter
    March 25, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Don't post this stuff, Please don't.

    I will not sign a petition that I see like this, I may be wrong about that, but doesn't matter either way.

    And Two, Skype doesn't have to do a thing if they don't want too... Why do we have to protest and try to push everything now a days... We should be happy they have linux support at all, as MOST SOFTWARE COMPANY DON'T CARE ABOUT LINUX AT ALL. so what do we do.. push and torment a company that cared enough to make a workable version on linux and made it where WE had to support it, not them... like hmmm... LIKE EVERY OTHER PIECE OF LINUX SOFTWARE.

    If you can't get it to work right, move on to another piece of software, If you don't like that use a different OS.

  2. Amar Azmi
    March 6, 2012 at 4:41 am

    But what is different between Virtual Box and WINE? can you explained? ^^

    • roody
      March 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Wine is a software which helps you in running windows applications. 
      Virtual box is a software which creates a virtual machine running windows(everything like a normal PC), meaning a computer in a computer. You can run all the softwares normally.

      Wine doesn't support most of the applications and it is pain in the ass.

      Better you try virtual box.

    • Indronil Mondal
      March 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

       virtual box creates a virtual machine and enables you to run the whole operating system while wine provides a environment for the windows programs to run on other oses

      A virtual machine is just like a separate machine - you end up with 2
      start menus, 2 system trays, no drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste between
      Linux and Windows, separate filesystems, different network settings, and
      other issues.

      Wine integrates with the desktop and filesystem, and
      makes Windows applications first-class citizens. Now you can start your
      Windows application straight from your regular desktop environment,
      place that application's window side by side with native applications,
      copy/paste from one to the other, and run it all at full speed.

  3. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    There are a few way to do this. Here is the option easiest to hardest.

    First, as roody mentioned, is using VirtualBox and install Windows virtually. Basically installing windows xp/vista/ or 7 is exactly the same as installing on a normal machine. Once you go though you finnish the install, you would also want to install Guest Additions. The only problem is that a legit and individual Windows key is needed.

    Second option is PlayOnLinux, Which is a user friendly front-end of the famous WINE. It actually very easiest to go through the prompts, the down side is not as much software will work in this versus regular WINE or VirtualBox

    and Third is just use WINE, but this option is only for a more experienced user. CLI knowledge and know how is needed to really use WINE and get the most of WINE. Most things will work with some tweaking, so if you don't enjoy tinkering WINE probably isn't for you.

    That sums up your options, If want to know more about something just ask and I would be more than happy to explain or at least send you in the right direction :)

  4. Bruce Epper
    March 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Use Wine.  Installation varies based on your Linux distro.  Not all Windows software works in Wine.

  5. roody
    March 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    You can install windows through virtual box(free) and then install all the softwares

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