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How to open .exe files in snow leopard???

I did a search on this site first and received zero results.

What is the best way to do this?

asked Mar 24 '11 at 23:35

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correct me if im wrong but to my knowledge, a .exe file is a Windows application file, like a .dmg for a mac. so i dont think you can open a .exe file on a mac, unless you can open it in a windows virtual machine inside of snow leopard, then somehow convert it to a .dmg file. hope that helps

answered Mar 25 '11 at 01:06

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You Can't, It ain't compatible with Macintoshes unless you use bootcamp or a VM (virtualbox, VMWare...) =D

answered Mar 25 '11 at 02:39

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To run .exe programs in any operating system such as Mac OS X or Linux you use Wine.

You can download the Mac OS X version here: http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX

Wine will not run every program and even if it can run it the program may not function correctly. The best way would be to use Bootcamp and install windows on your Mac or use a Virtual Machine with Windows running in it.

answered Mar 25 '11 at 09:40

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I did not know Mac had WINE! Thanks TTD!

(Mar 25 '11 at 14:52) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

You can't. .exe files are executable windows files. Please spend a bunch of money and use Bootcamp!

answered Mar 25 '11 at 17:50

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Isn't BootCamp included in Snow Leopard?

answered Jul 14 '12 at 15:39

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Yes, but you still need an copy of Windows...

(Jul 14 '12 at 16:15) Lee Wood Lee%20Wood's gravatar image

been said a million times, but use either bootcamp to run it on Windows, VirtualBox, VMWare Fusion, Parallels desktop or other virtualisation software to run Windows within OSX, or use Wine. Wine can work, but is by no means perfect.

What hasnt been said is the best version of Wine for Mac (IMO) is called "Winebottler" (google it). It gives you a Mac OS X GUI so you don't have to run it from the command line. It also provides the Winebottler app which sometimes works - it allows you to install something into a native OSX App which runs wine when opened.

answered Jul 14 '12 at 15:44

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They are all wrong. You CAN. You need WINE, a Mac and Linux Application that allows you to open *.exe files. http://www.winehq.org/

answered Jul 14 '12 at 16:18

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