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December 1st, 2010, 04:57 PM
Hey everyone,

I've been thinking recently about switching to Ubuntu as my full time OS, BUT I still like aspects of windows, and want to use some of its features.

My question is this to you:

Is there any way (and if so, how?) for me to run Windows 7 natively on Ubuntu as well as seamlessly using wine?

Thanks in advance,


December 1st, 2010, 05:30 PM
Wine is a compatibility layer that allow running some Windows programs, not the whole OS.

However you can run Windows 7 in a virtual machine inside Ubuntu ;-)

I would advise Virtualbox from Software Center.



There are many others like VMWare, Qemu etc etc but what I found to be the easiest and the best is Virtualbox.

September 22nd, 2012, 09:47 PM
Hey their,

I have found this distro called Zorin OS it's based on Ubuntu maybe you should give it a try.

www.zorin-os.com/free.html (http://www.zorin-os.com/free.html)

Good Luck,
Paco Ware

Mark Phelps
September 24th, 2012, 01:47 AM
Is there any way (and if so, how?) for me to run Windows 7 natively on Ubuntu

NO -- there is no way to run one OS "natively" inside another OS.

as well as seamlessly using wine?
Again, NO. Wine is not a Windows Emulator; instead, it is a set of DLLs that have been modified to make Linux system calls instead of Windows system calls -- which allow SOME Windows apps to run in Linux.

Of course, there is Virtualbox -- but that would NOT run Win7 natively and would require complete installation of Win7 to use it.