Install DVD´s that are written in windows

Asked by Dan Hermansson on 2007-08-18

I´m a total beginner at Ubuntu and also more or less when it comes to computers in general. My problem is that when I want to install a program from a dvd, I get it downloaded on my computer, but not as a working program, it is not put together. How on earth do I put the programs together and what programs may I need when I do that? Dan

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If you are trying to install applications for Windows under Ubuntu, you're probably going to be out of luck. There are ways and means to run Windows apps under Ubuntu but they don't work for everything. Many things just plain wont work.

What is it you're trying to install?

Dan Hermansson (d-sassi) said : #2

Hi Alan. I have this dvd multimedia disk that has the swedish National encyklopedia on it. I get the program in to my computer but it is in pieces, it is not as a running program

Windows programs are designed not to run in Ubuntu. Are you sure this encyklopedia is designed for GNU/Linux? Otherwise, you can try to install Wine, but don't expect it to work. It may.

Dan Hermansson (d-sassi) said : #4

It is not only dvd´s that I have problems to install, it´s also for instance Wine. I did get Wine in to my computer but it is in pieces, I can not get it together as a working program

I'm not sure what you mean. To install Wine, you don't have to download anything manually. Simply open a terminal and type sudo aptitude install wine, and the system should take care of the rest. Make sure you add the repositories using System > Administration > Software Sources.

Once wine is installed, you should be able to run a windows installer as you would in Windows. However, GNU/Linux, and therefore also Ubuntu, is not meant for running Windows applications, so even though Wine does a great job of pretending, it isn't perfect.

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