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I need to install Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to check an URL for testing purpose. Could someone post me the exact steps to acheive this task?


  • I have already tried installing IE in Ubuntu 10.10 and later versions (12.04) with Wine. It works fine. But I don't get success installing Windows Media Player. Hope someone will solve my problem.

  • It will be great if someone gives me a neat solution for installing IE and WMP in Ubuntu (10.10 or later).

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You could also use Wine for running Internet Explorer.

Download and Install WINE (from Ubuntu Software Center).

Download Internet Explorer and save it in your Home directory.

Open a terminal and type:

wine IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe

Internet Explorer should now start.

For Windows Media Player you cannot use WINE as it is rated "Garbage".

VirtualBox or some other Virtual Machine software should do the trick.

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If you really want Windows Media Player, you should try to install Windows inside a virtual machine, for example with VirtualBox.

PlayOnLinux is another solution. It offers Windows Media Player, but it is not perfect.

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What are the limitations of PlayOnLinux, that lead you to recommend virtualization instead? – Eliah Kagan Jun 16 '12 at 2:48

I think using VirtualBox and Windows inside it would give you less headaches and a more reliable result in order to check a URL.

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Agree. You will likely get subtle differences when running Wine (open source) libraries to emulate parts of Windows. Even a virtual environment is not perfect, when testing elements of IS, port timing, latency, etc. – david6 Jun 16 '12 at 4:33

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