How to run a .exe file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maccie13, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. maccie13 macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2011
    India, Mumbai
    I've been trying to find a solution to this problem for a long time. Is there a way to do this without any cost?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    .exe files only run in Windows. They won't run on Mac OS X.

    To run Windows apps on your Mac, you need to install Windows via Boot Camp or use Parallels or VMware Fusion.

    If you don't have a Windows license, you can use CrossOver to run some applications. Not all Windows apps are compatible with CrossOver. Check their site for compatible apps.

    For more information about running Windows on your Mac, check out the Windows on the Mac forum.
  3. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    It depends on how old the .exe file is. If it is a DOS program, DOSbox can run it. If DOSbox comes back with "this program was written for Microsoft Windows", then you can use the ideas that GGJstudios gave. If you don't want to pay for CrossOver, it is just a commercial implementation of Wine, which you can get for free.
  4. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
  5. fwhh macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2004
    Berlin, Germany
    ...and sometimes .exe files are compressed folders (like zip), then you can use "The Unarchiver" to unpack/decompress them.
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I can think of one no-cost option for you, but you use up over a gig of disk space on a windows iso image, and several more gig of disk space on a windows virtual drive full of windows and all its windows-ish files...

    1) download virtualbox

    2) download win 8 preview

    3) run the exe file inside win 8 running inside a virtualbox
    (you will have to "install" win 8 in a virtualbox which takes a while but it is free)

    There is another, not quite free option for you.

    1) download crossover (shareware)

    2) run the exe in crossover's win 2000 virtual machine
    (a small percentage of windows programs work in crossover)

    There is a third, more costly option for you.

    1) purchase an oem copy of win 7 for about $100 (while you still can)

    2) purchase parallels (not free but comes with ready to use images for win 8 preview and a few others including linux) or use virtualbox (free)

    3) if you set up a win 7 virtual machine in parallels, still using a virtual drive the integration is much nicer than that available in virtualbox.

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