I can't open .exe files

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    agreenster

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    #3
    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.
     
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    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.
    thanks
     
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    Use it on virtual pc, or hope that there is a version of it for os x (or freebsd).
     
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    dukemeiser

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

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    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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