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Moving Programs from one OS to another? Answered


I dual boot XP and Ubuntu 10.10 on a laptop. XP runs really really slowly. I want to move some programs from the XP partition to the Ubuntu partition and run them with wine. However, when I try to do this, it runs, but I get an error telling me that I need to reinstall because there has been a problem. No more details than that. Has anyone done this before and can give me some advice?

Also, yes I have marked them as executables and they are large programs... like Photoshop and Dreamweaver, so not just a simple exe to transfer.


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s (author)2011-03-16

I feel your pain, I too am a windows convert. The only way for programs like Photoshop and Dreamweaver to work in Wine is to install them with Wine.

*check the wine website for program compatibility

1. mark the installer as an executable

2. right click -> run with wine

3. complete the instillation as normal

4. possible reboot needed

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NachoMahma (author)2011-03-16

. Most Windows programs make changes to the Registry and put support files in specific locations when the installer program is run. If you just copy the files from the Program Files directory, you don't make the required Registry changes and you aren't putting the support files where the app expects them to be.
. Search for "no-install apps" to find programs that will run from just about anywhere without having to run an installer.

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orksecurity (author)2011-03-15

Remember, not everything will run happily under Wine. You may need to investigate running XP in a virtual machine.

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Burf (author)2011-03-15

Boot up Ubuntu,
Open "Places"
Locate the Windows partition and open it
Copy the files you want to move
Paste the files where ever you want to store them in Ubuntu.

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transistorguy (author)Burf2011-03-15

I tried that already and I get the same error. Any other ideas? If the installed program alters the windows registry when it installed, is that a problem running it in ubuntu/wine?

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