How To Open A .exe File On Mac OS X

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EXE files are to Windows executable files, so if you use Mac OS you would not be able to run EXE files without knowing a few simple tricks. It’s easier to do this if you have an Intel Processor and MAC OS X 10.4 or higher.

So there here are two ways of opening .exe files on a Mac.

Using Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox, or VMWare Fusion

The reason why you can’t open a .exe file on a Mac is that Windows and Mac OS use different codes. So, if you have both systems installed on your Intel Mac (of course using Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or VMWare Fusion), all you have to do is ope the executable files in the Windows side. Let’s see how:

  1. Using Boot Camp: Mac OS X 10.5 and later versions already feature Boot Camp. Anyway you must own a retail version of Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista (OEM versions are not supported), and as you probably know (or not) only one OS can be ran at a time. But remember: if you want to save files or have read/write access, you must have a Fat32 partition on your hardware.

  2. Using VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop: these two softwares have a price of about $80, but, unlike Boot Camp, they allow you to run both Windows and Mac OS in the same time. You will also need a Windows copy (for which of course you will have to pay, if you don’t already have one)

  3. Using VirtualBox: things work the same here as with MWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop, only SunMicrosystems provide it for free. I know, you’ll ask about Windows OS: if don’t already own it, you will have to buy it, but VirtualBox supports more platforms.

Using Darwine

That’s the free way of opening .exe files on Mac. But first you must have Mac OS X11 installed (find out whether you have it or not in Mac HD/Applications/Utilities).

  1. Download Darwine here

  2. Double-click the .dmg file and install Darwine

  3. To open the .exe file, right click it and go to Open With option. Select Other and go to Mac HD/Applications/Utilities/Darwine/WineHelper.

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