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Run Windows XP programs on Linux Mint with CrossOver

There are two basic ways to run Windows programs on Linux. One is to use CodeWeaver's CrossOver Linux. This program enables you to run many popular Windows applications on Linux. Supported Windows applications include Microsoft Office (from Office 97 to Office 2010), Internet Explorer 8, all current versions of Quicken up to 2014, and some versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop CS.

Besides work stuff, CrossOver also runs games. For example, you can play such popular online games as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars.

How to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver (Gallery)

An even better way, if you have powerful enough hardware, of running Windows XP apps on Linux is to use a virtual machine (VM) program such as Oracle's VirtualBox or VMware Player. The problem with these is that they don't run well on older XP systems with limited resources. If CrossOver supports the applications you need you won't need to worry with fitting a VM on your older XP system. 

CrossOver is based on the open-source project Wine, an implementation of the Windows application programming interface (API) on top of the Unix/Linux operating system family. Wine is a mature project with 20 years of work behind it.

Technically, you don't need CrossOver Linux to run Windows applications on Linux. You can do it with Wine alone — if you know what you're doing. What CrossOver brings to the table is automated installation of Windows applications and technical support. CrossOver makes it much easier to install and manage Windows applications.

CrossOver, which is available as a 30-day free trial, costs $59.95; this includes 12 months of upgrades and technical support. CrossOver is supported on Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Debian, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It should work on any Linux, but those are the distributions that CodeWeavers officially supports.

There's also one good free program, PlaysOnLinux, which duplicates some of CrossOver's functionality but doesn't have as much support. If you're new to Linux, CrossOver is the best way to go. Since you can try it for free, you'll know before you buy it, if can support your favorite Windows applications.

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