72647 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2007 8:18 AM by a brody
I was wondering if there is any software around that can convert .exe files to .dmg files
The only time it would help to do that would be if the .exe file was a self expanding Zip archive. And then only if the contents were even usable on a Mac.
.exe files are a Windows executable. A program in other words. Unless you're running Windows in an emulator such as Parallels or Virtual PC, they won't do you a bit of good.
If you could even find a program to decompile (reverse engineer) an .exe file and recompile for the Mac OS, it would be illegal to do so most of the time. Pretty much any commercial software forbids such action.
Also, quite a bit of .exe files you may download are installer programs for Windows. So it would produce yet more .dll, .exe and other Windows-centric files.
The iBook G4 can't run Parallels because it is a PowerPC, and not Intel, but it can run these solutions to get Windows to run:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/virtualpc/virtualpc.aspx?pid=virtualpc - which Kurt already mentioned
http://www.lismoresystems.com/ - GuestPC
Mind you, you will need a copy of Windows on CD for all except the WINE solutions. WINE solutions though are not as compatible as the full Windows emulator and virtualization solutions.
The iBook G4 is usually only fast enough to run Windows 2000 or older versions of Windows. If you want to run XP or Vista, you'll want a newer Intel Mac that was released 2006 and later. The Intel solutions are typically virtualization and not emulators. Those have other solutions for running Windows Applications listed here (some are the same as PowerPC, others are not):
http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/ - a WINE like solution
Two programs which will open Windows executible ZIP files are MacZipit and Stuffit Expander. If neither can open those ZIP files, then in all likelihood it will need an emulator/virtualization solution above.
I've made a list of software search engines on my Migrating from 9 to X FAQ* that you can find Mac native equivalent titles to Windows compatible titles.
- * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
Message was edited by: a brody