How to Extract an EXE File in Ubuntu

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The Ubuntu operating system does not natively understand what to do with an .EXE file. An .EXE file would install a piece of software in Windows; it will just result in an error message in Ubuntu. If you want to extract the contents of a .EXE file and install the associated software on an Ubuntu computer, you must first install something called Wine.

  • Click the Ubuntu "Applications" menu.

  • Open "Ubuntu Software Center." Click "Edit." Select "Edit Software Sources." Click on the box next to the listing for Wine in the "Other Software" section of the window on screen. Click "Add" to install Wine.

  • Double-click on the .EXE file you are trying to extract. Ubuntu will open the Wine software, which will open the .EXE file. Click "Next" to run through the extraction/installation utility (whichever applicable) associated with that .EXE file.

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