How to Install Windows Applications on Linux Using Crossover

This guest article was written by Syed Abbas from TNerd.com,
a blog focused on technology news, tricks and tips.

Transitioning
from Windows to Linux often leaves you scratching your head,
wondering what software to use for common tasks. Sure, Linux has
alternative software, but sometimes you just want to install a
Windows application that you are used to.

For
example, if you are very comfortable working on Photoshop, getting
started with Gimp will take some time. In such cases installing a
windows application on Linux is the only option you are left with to
complete your task quickly.

Today
we are going to see how to get these Windows applications running on
Linux using the well known Crossover Linux software. It’s not
free, but you can download a demo and try it out.

Installing
CrossOver Professional

Once
you have downloaded the file (install-crossover-pro-7.0.0.sh) open a
terminal window go to the directory where you have downloaded
install-crossover-pro-7.0.0.sh and execute the following command.

$ sh install-crossover-pro-7.0.0.sh

The
following window will appear. Accept the License by clicking OK.

Once
you have clicked OK the installation window will open. Enter the
desired installation path and click “Begin Install” to
start the installation.

 

 

After
a few seconds crossover professional will be installed on your
machine. If you have the registration code you can enter it by
following the steps below (Registering CrossOver Professional) or if
you are using this software in trial mode skip to the next section to
start installing windows software.

Registering
CrossOver Professional

Click
Applications and select “Register and unlock this demo”
under the CrossOver menu.

 

You
will be presented with the Product Registration Window. Once you have
entered your registration details your copy of CrossOver will be
upgraded.

  

Using
CrossOver Professional

Now,
we’ll see how to install Windows software using Linux CrossOver
Pro. Start the installation by clicking
Applications->CrossOver->Install Windows Software.

  

As
you can see in the snapshot below you can either select the software
listed or you can choose to install unsupported software. I am going
to install an unsupported free windows software called 
Xvid
converter
.

Select
Install unsupported software and click the Next button.

  

Select
the installation file of Xvid Converter and click Next.

Run
through the regular installation process.

 

Make
sure that you select a different directory, preferably one in your
home directory. In my case it is
 Z:\home\vivek\untitled
folder\Xvid Converter

 

 

 

That’s
it, you have finished installing the application! You can launch by
going to Applications-> Windows Applications-> Xvid Converter->
Xvid Converter.

  

The
following screenshot shows you Xvid Converter in action:

  

Now
you can experiment by installing different applications. If you want
to uninstall any of the applications you have installed using
CrossOver, go to Applications->CrossOver->Configuration.

  

Select
the bottle in which you installed your application and click
Repair/Remove. Your application will be uninstalled.

Note:
We tested this application on Ubuntu 8.10.

Conclusion

Although
a good number of applications are supported and can be installed, not
all windows based applications can be ported to Linux using Linux
CrossOver Pro. For example I couldn’t install Adobe DreamWeaver
CS4 using Linux CrossOver Pro. It’s still a great product that
helps you transition to using Linux.

Editor’s
Note:
 This
is a guest review of a non-free software package, but we like this
application here and neither of us make any money from recommending
it. We are fans of full disclosure and would never recommend
something we haven’t tried ourselves.
Download
Crossover Linux Trial from codeweavers.com

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