Problem Opening Applications

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ams21, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. ams21 macrumors newbie

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    every time i download software or i have software on a disk and i try to open it, it says it needs an application to open it. i really need HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Macs won't run Windows apps without some sort of emulator. What are these apps you're downloading? What are their file extensions (the letters after the dot)? :)
     
  3. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    they're not .sit files? if they are you need stuffit expander
    If they're .exe files, then, like MJ said they're for Windows only (or Virtual PC on the Mac)
     
  4. ams21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i tried to put a decrypter on the computer but it doesnt work. Do you's no wat 2 do?
     
  5. ams21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i getcha now! does anyone no a website to download decyrpters for imacs???
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    frankblundt kindly linked to Stuffit Expander. It's a free decompressor and it works with most files. However, what exactly are these files? Maybe post a link to one of them or alternatively, list the file extensions (the last few letters after the period/full stop/decimal point). :)
     
  7. rdowns Suspended

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    How about a decrypter for your posts?:eek:
     
  8. ams21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    You think that some people would have more sense...
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    So, you know that .exe files will not run in OS X, right?
     
  11. ams21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't know that. I don't own a mac i use xp its for one of my friends. When i tried to download stuffit, it came up all in jumbled words.
     
  12. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    sometimes, for whatever reason, browsers will try and load the downloaded file as if it were a page, displaying it as text. If you right/control click on the link and choose "save target as" or save linked file or whatever, it should prompt for a save location and download it.

    Stuffit still wont let you run Windows apps ( .exe files) on a mac tho, it's just an unzip/decompression app for files compressed/zipped with Stuffit (that end in .sit).

    If you want apps to run on a Mac, you need to download Mac (OS X) versions of them (not available for some Windows apps)
     
  13. ams21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok, it finally downloaded but now it comes up that it requires that you type your password???
     
  14. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What exactly is this app. I'd be wary of throwing my password in straight away at this stage. :)
     

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