Wine is a free software application that aims to allow Unix-like computer operating systems to execute programs written for Microsoft Windows.The name ‘Wine’ derives from the recursive acronym Wine Is Not an Emulator.

Wine installation

With internet connection

type in the command in the terminal : sudo apt-get install wine

That will install wine in your system.

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Installing Windows applications using Wine:

1. Download the Windows application from any source (e.g. Download the .EXE (executable).

2. Place it in a convenient directory (e.g. the desktop, or home folder).

3. Open the terminal, and cd into the directory where the .EXE is located or just double-click on the .exe setup file.

4.Type wine the-name-of-the-application.extension (e.g. wine picasa.exe).

This will start the .EXE setup to run using Wine. If it is an installer, it will run in a manner as in Windows. If the application asks for a directory to install the application to, select put it under C:\Program Files.

After installing an application using the directions above, those applications can be started and used by entering wine programname.exe (e.g. wine picasa.exe or wine realplayer.exe). When done, close the application as one would normally. You must run the installed executable, which will by default be in the virtual Windows drive created by Wine, at ~/.wine/drive_c. Generally programs will install themselves somewhere under Program Files inside the virtual Windows drive, following Windows conventions.

Uninstalling Wine Applications

To uninstall an application installed by using wine. Type in the command “uninstaller” in the terminal.This will open up a program similar to Windows’ “add/remove programs” control panel, allowing you to uninstall applications from a Wine installation. Alternatively, you could also simply delete the folder of the application. However, as when done in Windows, this method will be “unclean” and will not remove the program’s configuration from the Wine registry like using an uninstaller will.