Windows programs compatibility on linux

I guess lounge is the only category where I could place this question…
I have managed to convert my lady friend to linux and she’s using EndeavourOS very smoothly. However, there are still some things that bothers her and they are certain windows only programs. Windows has never polluted my computers so I don’t know anything about how to use windows programs on linux. I know Wine is one solution, but I’m not sure if it’s the one for this situation. My lady friend is a doctor and she would like to order from amazon a cdrom which system requirements say this:

"These programs are designed to be used on PC and Macintosh desktop and laptop computers with a CD-ROM drive using the operating systems listed below.

Windows Computers

Compatible operating systems—Windows 10, 8, and 7.

Minimum system requirements—CPU: 1GHz or faster. RAM: 1GB (recommended RAM: 2GB). 1024x768 or higher resolution video adapter and display.

Macintosh Computers

Compatible operating systems—OS X Catalina v10.15, OS X Mojave v10.14, OS X High Sierra v10.13, OS X Sierra v10.12, and OS X El Capitan v10.11.
If you cannot upgrade your computer to one of these operating systems, and your OS is v10.6 through v10.10, please give us a call and we can arrange to send you a compatible version of the program on CD.

Minimum system requirements—CPU: Intel-based Mac. RAM: 2GB (recommended RAM: 4GB). 1024x768 or higher resolution video adapter and display."

So is this mission impossible for linux user?

Those requirements unfortunately won’t tell anything, unless we know specific software…
It’s a 50% chance.

The only way is to try.

Worst case scenario - you could install her a VM with Win 7 for that software

Well, I’m not sure if it helps, but the program is this:

Yeah it’s not tested by anyone in winehq appdb, so…There’s only way to know :slight_smile:
Most likely it won’t “just run”, you’d have to install some winetricks and stuff like that…

might work with wine, if not, try wine-staging, if that still doesn’t work, set up a virtual Windows-machine and run it in there, that’s guaranteed to work.

Well, I don’t have any windows machine so I guess setting up a virtual windows machine is impossible for me. But thanks for suggestions.

Not at all, at least I think it’s not. You only need it for that program, right? That should work without a key…

Not certain if it’s entirely legal tbh xD but you can download the iso from MS itself and just select “enter my key later” or something and then use it for 30 days with some restrictions I think so just for the program that would be enough wouldn’t it?

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I’ll admit to having a windows dependency … not only the fact that ‘the man’ forces me use windows to earn my paycheck, but I am a long time quicken user and quicken just doesn’t work well on Wine. I have virtualbox set up with a windows 10 guest os … all just so I can use quicken.

If you converted your lady friend from Windows does that mean she has a laptop that used to have windows on it? If so, you might be able to use the machine’s original license key to activate a windows 10 guest os on virtual box in order be fully legitimate. this is actually how my virtual machine is set up

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My lady friend had 2 laptops with windows, but she allowed me to wipe out both empty and now there are only EndeavourOS left on both…:joy:

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Probably not a problem, the keys might be stored in the Bios.

According to this site, you could just run this command in EOS to retrieve the key (if it’s stored in BIOS):

$ sudo strings /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/MSDM | tail -1

Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t, I don’t know ^^


Nice. I will try it. But there are better things to do than mess with windows. I prefer to go fishing now…:relaxed:


Always nice to see when someone has their priorities straight! :fishing_pole_and_fish:


It works. I just tried it on an Asus RogStrix computer on which I had completely removed Windows and replaced it with EndeavourOS. There are no traces of Windows left whatsoever on this computer - except for the Windows key which is stored in the BIOS.

I really enjoy reading the various posts on this forum; I never know when I might pick up something which might be useful at some time. This information would be useful if a friend or relative needed to reinstall Windows on his/her machine and didn’t know the key (and somehow had completely lost it). Using this command via a live EnOS installation disc (or probably any live Linux disc), I could retrieve it for that person.

Thank you for this!


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Ok, I managed to retrieve the key. But where do I download that Windows iso and what tool do I use to put it on USB-drive?

when I am doing virtual machines, I generally put the iso in the same folder am going to keep the virtual machine files. you don’t need a USB drive, your virtualization software will let you mount the iso as cdrom on for the virtual machine.

PS - aren’t you supposed to be fishing?

I linked it above.

Or you could just search for something like “Download Win10 iso Microsoft” on the web. :wink: Microsoft makes them available. You don’t need USB, just install qemu/kvm as described in the Arch wiki: make a new VM, select the downloaded ISO, it detects it automatically, rest should be fine unless you want more space/cores/ram, but you’ll see it all once you’re there.

Fish wasn’t biting so I came back to my computer… :sweat_smile:

Oh, I forgot: It’s very possible, likely even, that virtual emulation is disabled by default in the BIOS - it was on both my laptop and my desktop PC. If it is, you won’t be able to get kvm/qemu to run - so go into Bios and search for that option. Or tell me your motherboard/CPU and I’ll find out if it’s possible and if yes, how.

Your link just gave me this:

What do I do with that media creation tool which is exe package? Where is that ISO?