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Are there any other OSs in which we can install Windows applications—i.e .exe files can be installed?

I have used Linux based-OSs like Ubuntu, but many applications that are available for Windows are not available.

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short answer, no. with the exception of runtime environments and emulators like WINE or QEMU, it is not possible to run (Most) windows binaries on non-windows systems. there will be a few C programs that are sooooo dead simple that they would probably execute on any x86 system, but they would be essentially useless for anything meaningful. –  Frank Thomas Nov 14 '13 at 14:27
Windows software is made for Windows. It is developed in an IDE made and controlled by Microsoft to ensure compatibility for Windows systems. I am not experienced with Windows Phone or the XBox One though so maybe there is some cross-compatibility there? IDK –  MonkeyZeus Nov 14 '13 at 14:32
@MonkeyZeus - Why did you bring up Windows Phone and the Xbox platform? You don't have to write Windows software in an IDE. –  Ramhound Nov 14 '13 at 15:11

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You can use Wine on Linux to be install and start .exe files. (As Ramhound said, it is not a 100% sure solution thought)

Or you can use a Virtual Machine and install Windows on it to be sure to be 100% compatible.

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Wine supportability is not guaranteed. Its does not and cannot provide 100% compatability. –  Ramhound Nov 14 '13 at 14:33
Sure, but I m still waiting to see a "incompatible" error message on it. Even if I don t use it a lot. –  DrakaSAN Nov 14 '13 at 14:45
That's true but Ramhound, but a fair and viable option for Dexter's question. For now, there aren't much to bypass this. –  r0ca Nov 14 '13 at 14:46
@Ramhound: Still, I never saw Wine crash, but I agree it is not a bulletproof solution. –  DrakaSAN Nov 14 '13 at 14:50
I think it's worth mentioning that Wine is not running only on Linux (e.g. Mac OSX and BSD). Also it's good to mention list of compatible apps appdb.winehq.org. –  week Nov 14 '13 at 14:56

The ReactOS project is trying to be 100% compatible with Windows, but I get the impression from reading the wikipedia page that it isn't really very complete yet. All the language used there is "would be", "could be", "will be", etc.



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As is, it occationally boots, some software may work... I've been following it for quite a while, and well... its going to be a few years –  Journeyman Geek Nov 14 '13 at 14:52

Wine can be installed on more that Linux to run Windows/DOS based software. Wine can be installed on:

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