Running a windows .exe file on a mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by shawnweston, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. shawnweston macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    I recently purchased an ebook online. They said that it was a .exe file, and I thought they were speaking of a self-extracting archive. I buy it, and then I can't get it to open. Apparently it's an exe(cutable program for windows) file.

    Any ideas on how to run this on a mac, short of buying boot camp?


  2. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    If it's a zip file wrapped up with executable code, all you have to do is rename the extension as ".zip' instead of ".exe" and then just double click it.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    First of all, you don't buy Boot Camp - it comes with Mac OS X if you have Leopard. Secondly, it may very well be a self-extracting archive - you can find out by attempting to decompress it with The Unarchiver. If that fails, it probably is a Windows executable. There are several ways to run one - you can use Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion (which aren't free and require a validly licensed copy of Windows), Boot Camp (which is free and requires a validly licensed copy of Windows), or CrossOver Mac (which is not free, does NOT require Windows, but doesn't run all Windows applications, and the ones it does run don't always run perfectly).
  4. shawnweston thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    Once again, thanks so much.

    Great information, and a quick reply. I'm an old windows guy who has always realized the practicality of mac... just making the switch-over.


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