Expanding a Windows ex_ file in Ubuntu Linux

06 Dec

Today I was asked to install Windows Solitaire for a friend from her Windows XP CD.

On the cd I found the executable as sol.ex_ a compressed file.

A quick search on Google for how to uncompress or should I say expand it on Ubuntu achieved nothing useful.

The suggestion was to download sol.exe from the Internet. A dodgy thing to do as you did not know if the download file contained any malicious code.

I had to resort to native guile and cunning in which I am sadly lacking so it had to be ‘suck it and see’

The first thing I tried actually worked, so here it is:

  1. Copy expand.exe to a suitable directory on you computer, for example: games
  2. Copy sol.ex_ to the same directory
  3. Open a terminal in the directory
  4. Type: wine expand.exe sol.ex_ sol.exe and hit enter
  5. Type: wine sol.exe &

There you have it.

Now to create an icon on your desktop:

Right click on the desktop and choose: Create Launcher

In the name field type : Solitaire

In the command field click on the browse button and select sol.exe

Now here is the important bit, in the command box prefix the command with: wine followed by a space.

Choose a suitable icon, select: Use Startup Notification and click Create.


Of course you can use this process to expand any ex_ file

If you have any problems just leave a comment and like me 🙂 and I will get back to you.


Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Expanding a Windows ex_ file in Ubuntu Linux

  1. Pontillius

    December 6, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Clear as mud.

    I tried to syndicate the virtual architecture of the problem, but that just re-contextualized the sticky infomediaries of the other problems, and that in turn transitionialised the action-items of the “crap.dll” file and generally upset the cross-platform e-tail of Windows and Ubunu. (sorry, I meant the i-tail of the internal “sol.exe” file.

    I managed to extinguish the resulting fire, but I’m afraid Windows was burnt to a crisp, and the S, H, I, T keys on the keyboard don’t work any more

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