How to convert exe. files onto a Mac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mayzenb, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. mayzenb macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2003
    I recently purchased a MAc, i'm a first time. I've been using the windows format for 12 years. Now that i have a new system i would like to upload my old exe files into the MAc. So my question is, how can i aviod purchasing virtual pc 6 software and get around without purchasing any software.

    Thank you
  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    Nope, sorry. EXE files are the actual application files for windows, there is no way to open them on a different operating system without an emulator. Virtual PC is pretty decent. If you have a fast enough Mac, it'll run pretty well. It won't do anything 3D like games, but for normal applications, its really quite good.
  3. mayzenb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2003

    where can i locate an emulator that converts pc files into a Mac?
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Re: further....

    I have answered this is the duplicate thread you posted :rolleyes:
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Re: further....

    You can't convert PC programs so they'll run on the Mac.

    You can however convert data files from the Mac<-->PC, and some of the standard file formats work with the application on either machine (usually).

    MacLinkPlus will help in the times when you need things like a WordPerfect (PC) file translated into a AppleWorks (Mac) file -- or similar such things.
  6. pstoehr macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Scheßlitz, Oberfranken, Bavaria, Germany
    sorry for the bad news, but without VPC there is no way to run .exe files on a Mac.
    Even if you have the sourve code, porting non-trivial MFC programs to a Mac is a pain ...

  7. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    Sun Baked is correct. The Applications are not transportable, but the files are, and usually readable without translation.

    Right now, I'm typing this post on a Win2k machine, and also running an Excel Spreadsheet that is saved and hosted on my 12PB sitting next to it.

    When I hit the train, all I do is double click the .xls, and it opens in the Mac's version of ecxel - no translation necessary. Sure, some may not be a nice Excel <-> Excel thing, but you can , for example, use Access-generated .mdb files in Filemaker on the Mac.

    There are very few files that do not have an app that can use them on the other OS.
  8. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Yeah documents, files and such are commonly transferable.

    You seems not to understand that without windows you can't run .exe applications.

    You can commonly transfer .doc and .ogg and such files on to the mac.

    They are compatible, but programs are not.

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