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