I can't open .exe files

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lkinsler, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2003
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
  3. macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    I'm going to assume you are new to the Macintosh:

    A .exe file is an "executable" file for Windows (kind of like an Application in Mac OS, or Program in Windows) You can't open them on a Mac, period. If you are using a Windows emulator (Virtual PC) you can, since it is emulating (or running) Windows simulataneously with Mac OS. This is a seperate piece of software, and it slows the computer down significantly.

    What exactly are you trying to do? There may be a Mac alternative.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2003
    yes, I am a new mac user.
    My friend made a copy of a program related to a class I am taking and the install document is a .exe file.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    Use it on virtual pc, or hope that there is a version of it for os x (or freebsd).
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2002
    Or if you don't want to buy/use VPC, then their might be a Mac alternative. What specific software is it?
  7. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If it's a PC program, then you need a PC to run it on or a program like Virtal PC -- since the Mac OS can't run PC programs.

    If they send you the data files, like a Word document -- you'd be able to run open it on the Mac using Word for Mac.

    However some documents, like WordPerfect files may need to be translated/converted using products like MacLink Plus.

    But not being able to run a .exe file is a good thing since they may be hidden viruses inside documents and e-mails.


    Though we can still plagued by the Word Macro virus, but those are easy -- just make sure Macros are off in Microsoft Office.

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