Dec 14, 2020

Running Windows 3.1/95/98/XP Games in Linux

Most old Windows games that can't be run under Windows 10 will run well in modern Linux distributions like Ubuntu 20.04. You don't even need to bother with virtual machines like VirtualBox. All you need is Wine. Wine is an excellent Windows emulator that lets you run Windows application in Linux. Sounds complicated? Good new it is not! First you need to install Wine:

    sudo apt-get install wine

A nice feature is that you can run a game that was designed to run in full screen only in windowed mode. This is great if you want to record in OBS studio. To do this you need to run the Wine configuration tool. Start it by running:


Check Emulate a virtual desktop and press OK. This will make all Wine applications to run inside a window rather than on your Ubuntu desktop.To start a game just run:

    wine yourgame.exe

This will start you game in a new window. Most games will lock the mouse and keyboard inside this Window. To release it press Alt+Tab. If the game needs to be installed just run the installer with wine. The game can then be found in the Ubuntu Applications launcher. Happy gaming!

Contra Reloaded from ~2012


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