How to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver (Gallery)

How to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver (Gallery)

Summary: In this example, I'm installing Microsoft Office 2010 on Mint 16 using CrossOver Linux 13.1.2.


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  • Using a terminal to install a needed Linux program

    So, I bring up a terminal — simply start typing the word from the Mint Menu if you don't see the little terminal icon on the menu bar — and type in the command with "sudo" in front of it. Sudo, in Mint and other Linux distributions, tells the terminal that this one command should be run as if you were the administrator.  

  • Installing incidental Windows programs with CrossOver

    Along the way to installing Office, CrossOver asks me if I want to install other programs that Office might need. These include fonts, such as, I'm sorry to say Comic Sans, the world's most hated font.

  • Windows license key entry

    The next part will look very familiar to any Windows user. As usual with a Microsoft program you'll need to enter a 25-character-long Product Key.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Linux, Software, Windows

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  • Hmmmm!

    sure a lot of monkeys in this circus!
  • How to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver (Gallery)

    Or you can just keep your Microsoft Windows installation and load the apps including Microsoft Office 2010 and not have to fiddle around with command lines and terminal windows. Linux always has to make things harder than needed just to get it up and running.
    • Try to run linux only apps on windows

      Good luck.
      • perfectly possible

        Using cgywin. Equally silly in practice. Luckily there aren't that many Linux only applications to begin with.
        • Cygwin apps are still Windows apps

          But the Cygwin DLL provides all the UNIX system calls, which makes porting of some UNIX software easier. I know of no way to run Linux execs under Windows.
          John L. Ries
      • Why would I want to?

        A lot of linux apps are 3rd rate and are no longer developed after 6 months.
  • To be truly compatible

    Linux must be able to run Windows viruses.
    Tony Burzio
  • Waste of time

    I have tried Crossover and to be honest the results get worse as the version of Windows app gets newer. Sure, you can run IE 6 pretty well, but who would want to do this? Wine seems to be a better option and even that is a mixed bag. I use Ubuntu for basic stuff and it works fine. It would be a OK business platform. But my main gripe with Linux is that its a lousy consumer OS. You can't sit down and stream Amazon video for example because Adobe decided Flash won't keep supporting it. Oh, you can fiddle, and fiddle with stuff. Side load Chrome with pepper Flash, try to run Silverlight under Wine. Yet, users running 13 year old XP can do this with ease even today. Linux is the same old stuff, with the same old problems.
  • I notice that your Editor is not linked here......

    As you and your editor(s) well know, the 'Gallery Format' totally obfuscates an already complex issue. And you end up with the moniker, 'Slide Show Sally'. Just saying.....
    Leo Regulus
  • Linux is not the problem

    JohnnyES misses the point completely.

    Windows apps are designed to run on Windows. Linux apps are designed to run on (most versions of) Linux. Trying to get a Windows app to run properly on Linux is problematic.

    Apps whose developers want to run on both Windows and Linux create versions for both systems. Look at Firefox, Chrome, LibreOffice - they have versions for each OS designed for that OS. The look and feel may be the same but under the hood they are not.

    Most mainstream Linux versions are variations on a theme - the GUI looks different but many of the apps are the same.

    The hardware also has to work properly which means writing proper drivers which many makers seem loathe to do. I bought a new printer and it took much time to get it to run under Linux even with an installation file provided by the manufacturer. The Windows installation was a slam-dunk.
  • Why stick with Xp when you can run stuck in Cross-Over?

    Hi :)
    Wine is for more technically minded people but Cross-over gives point&click users soemthing they CAN cope with.

    Sure you might get a bit more power out of using Wine but sometimes you just need things done quickly and easily 1st time around.
    Regards from
    Tom :)
  • Stay....

    No thanks. I don't "need" any apps from Microsoft. I'll stick to my very useable and very "free" LibreOffice, and all the other wonderful apps that are out there in open source land, where I don't have to owrry about expiring licenses, or being pigeon-holed into using just one vendor's product.