A .exe file is an executiable file for Windows computers. The only way for such a file to work on any Mac is through emulation software such as Virtual PC.
At the present time, Virtual PC is PPC only. Microsoft (the makers of Virtual PC) have not released a version that will run natively on a MacBookPro.
You are absolutely completely wrong.
The WINE system successfully emulates dynamic library and header interpretation for Windows applications without emulating the entire operating system. This is currently done with significant success on Linux (commcercial version of WINE includes Codeweavers Crossover Office and Transgaming).
darWINE is the project that will alllow OS X to do the samer thing, and they already have things like calculator running.
Ethan, since you have a MacBook, here is what you should do:
1: go to http://darwine.opendarwin.org
2: click the Download link
3: click the "Darwine 0.9.12 DP (x86)" button
4: install and run Darwine (you may need to start X11.app first)
5: try running a Windows .EXE
6: come back to this discussion and mark it "answered"
7: [goldblum] there is no step seven. there is no step seven! [/goldblum]
AlBook 15 Mac OS X (10.4.6)
this thread makes my brain bleed
this user is hardly familiar with their computer or how it works
person.. you can not open exes on your mac without learning more about your computer. if you want to install some software on your mac see if they make a version for mac. if they do not make a version and the software you want is only availabel in exe (is for windows) then look to see if you can find a similair program made for macs
if you NEED to run a exe program, then you need to run windows. your intel mac can do this, but it sounds as if that might be a tricky setup, install, and issue for you. you could try downloading the windows parells progam (search it on google to find it) and then in that environment you will be able to run your exe file.
regarding the transfering of data to and from windows and mac operating systems on the same computer... that can be confusing. generally, macs will read windows drives, and windows will read mac drives if you buy a 50 dollar program called mac drive and install it on the windows drive you might create on your computer. if you format the windows drive in fat32, then your mac can write to yout windows drive as well read data files but not launch applications made for the other opertaing system....
if all that is confusing.. stuick to mac applications if you can or tell us what program it is you NEED to have from windows on your mac and we'll try to help you figure out the best way to get that app running for you.
how can i run .exe programs in mac??
without running windows in mac
At the moment, this is not possible.
However, if the .EXE file you know is a compressed
file from Windows, you can open it in StuffIt
It is possible now, with Parallels Workstation: http://www.parallels.com/
It runs Windows at almost native speed, within a Window under Mac OS X on Intel Macs (you can go full-screen if needed, or hook up a second monitor and have Windows on one and Mac OS X on another). It won't handle intensive Direct3D/Accelerated applications (such as games), but it'll handle anything else you throw at it (Photoshop runs faster under it than Photoshop for Mac OS X under Rosetta).
It's in beta, and you can apply and get the beta key to test it out - if you purchase it before the beta ends, it's only $40, otherwise it's $50.
Runs everything from MS-DOS up through Windows XP and 2003 Server.
It makes VirtualPC look like a kid's tricycle compared to a Ferrari or Porsche.
MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5, 12" PowerBook Mac OS X (10.4.6)
I second the praise for Parallels. It's missing a few features, but does everything I absolutely need and it does it extremely fast.
Unless one of the more recent beta versions allows you to share files between environments, that's one I'd like to see. I'd also like to see it support virtual switch networking (much like VPC), although the fact that it does not would allow you to share files between environments by using a network mount (I haven't tried this, but it seems like it'd work).
Anyway, that's well beyond the scope of what the original poster was asking. Download a copy of Parallels, install your own copy of Windows under it, and see if it meets your needs. You can get an evaluation key that should give you 30 days to try it out.