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I dual boot Windows and Ubuntu (but rarely ever use windows, just in case there is something I need Windows for) and I already have The Sims 3 installed on my Windows partition. I was just wondering (since I know you can access that partition from Ubuntu), if I could use Wine to run The Sims 3 from that partition,

  1. so that I don't have to install it a second time and could save space,
  2. Because there really is no sense in installing it twice,

If it is possible could someone tell me how to do this? I also noticed in the description of wine that you could run it (if you dual boot) using the actual windows files, could someone also tell me how to do that and if it would be a good idea?

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That is not possible to my knowledge. You need to install sims3 with your wine installer. 1. sure it saves space. 2. and how does wine know the settings it needs for a game to run. I will be glad to be proven wrong but ... no I do not think this is possible. – Rinzwind Aug 14 '12 at 18:50
You could try monitoring what registry entries does the sims executable read with SysInternals' ProcessMonitor, export them and import them into Wine's registry and then try to run the program, but I think that you'll lose more time with trying to do that than with installing the game the second time. – jeremija Aug 14 '12 at 18:55

Some applications can be copied from Windows to Wine and still work, but don't try this unless you like tinkering under the hood of your car while it's running.

Wine is not designed to interact with an existing Windows installation. If you have any data you need from a Windows installation, browse your Windows filesystems in your normal file manager and copy the data to another location.

WARNING: Do not try to configure Wine to point to your actual Windows C:\ drive.
This will break Windows and require a Windows reinstall.

We have tried to make this hard to do, so you probably cannot do it by accident.

If you do manage this, Wine may or may not continue to operate, but your Windows install will be 100% dead due to critical parts of it being overwritten.
The only way to fix Windows after this has happened is to reinstall it.


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Can you please copy a bit from that into the answer? Links tend to rot. – Rinzwind Aug 14 '12 at 19:05
You're right.. I was lazy. Done! – SirCharlo Aug 14 '12 at 19:09
here have some rep :+ – Rinzwind Aug 14 '12 at 19:11
Why, thank you. – SirCharlo Aug 14 '12 at 19:27
No problem sir :) accepting the answer is praise enough @sircharlo – Rinzwind Aug 14 '12 at 19:28

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