any apps to open .exe

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  1. b0tt094 macrumors 6502

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  3. b0tt094 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lol


    for mac:p

    PS although windows sucks the vista's cd cases look sick :p
     
  4. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on what the executable is for. CrossOver Mac can run exe files, but limited apps with limited success.
     
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    You can always run Windows XP via Parallels and then launch the .exe files from XP.
     
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    I believe that the OP was referring to running/executing the .exe files vice looking inside them.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure just how seriously to take this thread... but just to chime one more thing in:

    .exe files subsume a number of functions in Windows:

    1) Windows applications -- as discussed, you either need to be running windows or emulating windows (or in the case of WINE derivatives, not emulating windows, whatever that means :D ) in order to run a Windows application. OS X cannot natively run Windows apps any more than Windows can natively run OS X apps.

    2) Installer bundles -- occasionally there are reasons to want to crack open a Windows Installer Bundle to get at some of its contents. The example I'm familiar with is in order to install a Windows Mobile program onto a WM handheld without using desktop Windows. There's a program called FileJuicer that can help with this.

    3) Self-executing archives -- these are essentially .zip files or something else that contain some code to extract themselves so that one does not need to have a decompression program to extract them. There're also occasionally reasons to want to open these on Macs. I think Stuffit will do that.

    So the not-so-serious part of me assumes you're asking for (1), which is a waste of time. (2) and (3) may not be; if so, I hope the answers help. :)
     
  9. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Yeah - I'm not sure a boat load of sarcasm was what the OP was after :)

    .exe files cannot be run under Mac OS X as they use the Windows API.

    As someone above said, if you want to run EXE files, you'll need a copy of Windows running either through Parallels, Boot Camp, or (depending on what it is you're trying to run) CrossOver.


    Edit: Aw, someone beat me to it.
     
  10. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    well technically even textedit can open an exe file, so can Fire Fox...hey no one said it had to make sense when you opened it. :p
     
  11. wal9000 macrumors member

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    Darwine can, but it's not designed for the average mac user yet. Complete pain in the *** to get it running. Google can probably help with the setup.

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  12. wal9000 macrumors member

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    Also, Darwine won't work with a lot of exes. In fact, I've found very few that will work with it.
     

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