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I have decieded to convert my Windows 7 laptop to Ubuntu. I virtualized the Windows 7 install and I thought I read that there is a way to launch the apps that are in my Windows 7 VHD inside Ubuntu using VMware in some way. Am I correct or do I just have to run my old Windows 7 as a VM through VirtualBox/VMware?

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The best and most popular Windows emulator is Wine. As far as i know, VMware doesn't have a linux version. Here's their guide to installing it winhq tutorial

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Sure, there is a Linux version of VMware:… – Takkat Mar 19 '13 at 19:20
Wine is not an emulator. It's a compatibility layer which allows a number of Windows programs to run on Linux. It's far from perfect however, lots of Windows software does not run. Vitalization software such as VMware is Virtualbox is a better option but does require install media and Windows licence. – Warren Hill Mar 19 '13 at 19:29

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