Wine Programs Not Working? Try These Steps

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Wine provides Linux users with the ability to run Windows software outside of the domain of Microsoft. As such, it can aid your transition away from Windows, less bound by platform exclusive software.

Wine isn’t perfect, though. Some programs take some work to get moving, while others won’t work at all. That being said, the steps below will maximize your chances of running Windows program on your Linux box.

Why Doesn’t My Program Run?

Put simply, Wine runs Windows software by reverse engineering parts of the Windows operating system for Linux. In the Microsoft world, these components are called DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries). They provide extra features and capabilities that other programs rely on to work. An example of one is d3d8.dll, which gives programs access to Microsoft’s DirectX 8 gaming capabilities.

Suffice to say, there are many DLLs that Wine provides equivalents of. There is a chance that Wine has mistakes in its implementations. Wine might not even have one in the first place! These are the main reasons behind why Windows programs misbehave or refuse to work under Linux. As such, the steps below aim to get Wine’s implementations as close to Windows as possible.

Install Programs With PlayOnLinux

PlayOnLinux lets you run different versions of Wine that are proven to work with the programs you want to run. It can also automatically supply Wine with native DLLs to help it function better. This is all done under the hood, so you just have to choose what you want to install and then run it.

While installing a program using PlayOnLinux almost always ensures smooth running, you might not find what you want in their catalogue. But head to the downloads page and try it out first.

What’s Your Wine Architecture?

If you find PlayOnLinux’s selection of programs lacking, you may have to resort to installing your programs manually. Before you dive in though, you should ask one question: is your Wine in 64-bit mode or 32-bit mode?

Like Windows, both Linux and Wine have different versions of themselves designed for specific computer architectures. You’re probably using a 64-bit version of Linux, and so by default the 64-bit version of Wine.

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