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    Question Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    Howdy ho all,

    After convincing my wife to try Kubuntu and over the last few years getting used to it, she now needs to run a particular windows only app. It's already installed on XP on another partition.

    I'd really rather it wasn't locked to a virtualisation window, but if needs be, then that's ok.

    After Googling many outdated Vmware / Virtualbox / Qemu / KVM tutorials I thought I'd ask here.

    What's the easiest way of doing this? Thanks!
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    Re: Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    Have you looked into Wine and/or Mono? Depending on the complexity of the program, you may need to reinstall the application on Ubuntu for it to run correctly; even then it may not perform as required.
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    Re: Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    If you are planing to run windows as virtual OS, u can go for Virtualbox, its a good one, user friendly and very stable one . . .

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    Re: Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    Quote Originally Posted by WorMzy View Post
    Have you looked into Wine and/or Mono?
    Yeah. I tried both the stable and dev versions of wine. Didn't even get through the installer. I don't quite understand where mono would come into this...

    If you are planing to run windows as virtual OS, u can go for Virtualbox
    Is it still necessary to convert my whole Windows partition to a separate VM disk image to do this? I saw this in a few tutorials, but it seemed kind of extreme and came with dire warnings about making the original partiton unusable. That's what kind of scared me into asking here first...
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    Re: Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    Else, installing Virtual Box isn't difficult installing, nor is it difficult using.

    Id reccomend downloading it from The VB site

    There is a open source version available through the software center, how ever, this lacks some crucial stuff like USB support.

    Anyway, Good luck with it.
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    Re: Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    i really dont know many apps not able to directly be used with wine

    (winehq, need to add the ppa to the repo into synaptic: ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
    ( https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine/+archive/ppa)

    some apps need we use winetricks too: http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks

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    Re: Simplest way to run windows apps virtualized from an existing XP install?

    You can use Mono for running .NET applications, but if Wine isn't getting past the installation then there's not much point considering Mono.
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