I use Xubuntu 12.04 and I installed Wine 1.4. I am now trying to install the .NET 4.0 Framework using Winetricks. I use this command

sudo sh winetricks dotnet40

But I get this error

wine cmd.exe / c echo '% ProgramFiles%' returned empty string

I get this error when I try to install other programs as well. I have managed to install .NET Framework 4.0. previously, but now I can not get this install to go smoothly. How can I resolve this error?


3 Answers 3


Try this:

$ sudo apt-get install winetricks
$ winetricks dotnet40

To install using gui, you can try winetricks --gui, than choose install app, than cancel and in new window, choose install windows part or library. There are dot net dependencies.

To show installed things, you can winetricks list-installed.

  • Works on Ubuntu 20.04. I advise to use the command line, not the gui. Might throw some message boxes, which is annoying. Sep 8, 2021 at 8:45

For a 64bit system you need to make a 32bit prefix and put the dotnet4.0 in it.


wget http://winetricks.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/src/winetricks


env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 winetricks dotnet40

  • wget http://winetricks.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/src/winetricks: 2018-09-24 13:41:51 ERROR 404: Not Found.
    – Ferrybig
    Sep 24, 2018 at 11:42

did you get the file first? Try the following:

$ ­wget http://winetricks.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/src/winetricks

$ bash winetricks dotnet40

WineHQ gives .NET 4 a bronze rating at best. Its ability to install and run properly will vary by which version of Wine you are running.

  • 1
    The googlecode URL is gone - do we have a replacement? Or do we need one? There's either the Github repo (github.com/Winetricks/winetricks) or you can try to install it yourself from the distro's repos. It came with my version of wine on Ubuntu 16.04.
    – icedwater
    Jun 8, 2017 at 2:15

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