So I installed WINE on my machine and I think it would be cool to run it as a desktop environment on my device that would mimic the appearance and functionality of Windows by using windows' explorer.exe Is this possible?

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Run winecfg, then go to the Graphics tab and activate the option Emulate a virtual desktop.

The details (like the background pic) can be set at win.ini file, in your .wine directory. You'll have to get that background pic from somewhere. It is not included in Wine, but it can be found at several places online.

This option is defined as:

Emulate a virtual desktop -- With this setting enabled, created windows are confined to a single window (the "virtual" desktop window). You should select a desktop size smaller than what you run X in. Windows within a virtual desktop are not decorated or managed by your window manager.

The FAQ adds to this:

6.6.1 How do I get Wine to launch an application in a virtual desktop?

You can do this with winecfg. Add the application in the Applications tab and then, in the Graphics tab, enable "Emulate a virtual desktop".

You can also use the following command:

wine explorer /desktop=name,1024x768 program.exe

Replace program.exe with the name of your program, and change the resolution to the size of the virtual desktop you want. Changing name allows you to open several desktops simultaneously.

  • Okay, cool. Can I make a UNIX session so I can login to this? (i have an original explorer.exe to work with, so that might help)
    – polypoyo
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 16:08
  • The virtual desktop is a graphical canvas on which are displayed the included Windows applications. It can be used in any graphical Linux session.
    – harrymc
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 16:54

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