Ubuntu – How to run a program installed on the Windows partition with Wine


I dual boot Windows and Ubuntu (but rarely ever use windows, just in case there is something I need Windows for) and I already have The Sims 3 installed on my Windows partition. I was just wondering (since I know you can access that partition from Ubuntu), if I could use Wine to run The Sims 3 from that partition,

  1. so that I don't have to install it a second time and could save space,
  2. Because there really is no sense in installing it twice,

If it is possible could someone tell me how to do this? I also noticed in the description of wine that you could run it (if you dual boot) using the actual windows files, could someone also tell me how to do that and if it would be a good idea?

Best Answer

Some applications can be copied from Windows to Wine and still work, but don't try this unless you like tinkering under the hood of your car while it's running.

Wine is not designed to interact with an existing Windows installation. If you have any data you need from a Windows installation, browse your Windows filesystems in your normal file manager and copy the data to another location.

WARNING: Do not try to configure Wine to point to your actual Windows C:\ drive.
This will break Windows and require a Windows reinstall.

We have tried to make this hard to do, so you probably cannot do it by accident.

If you do manage this, Wine may or may not continue to operate, but your Windows install will be 100% dead due to critical parts of it being overwritten.
The only way to fix Windows after this has happened is to reinstall it.