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the Ubuntu nooby here again, and I think I borked my Wine install. I'm learning things through terminal, so that should make things a little easier the 2nd time around, but I did something wrong, because nothing works.

To make a long story short, I tried to go through and download software that I thought I needed to run some windows games on Wine, such as DirectX and .NET Framework. However, when I installed that, or at least, thought I did, now, none of my games work, even ones that worked before.

To save all of you lovely people in the Ubuntu community from having to hold my hand as I carom around from error to error, is there a way I can "start fresh", so to speak--completely uninstall everything Wine-related and start over? Hopefully, this time, with a recommendation from one of you as to what software I need to properly mimic Windows? There's a lot, I know--but I had no idea just how much until I started working with Ubuntu. I know about DirectX and .NET framework, but is there anything else? Thanks in advance!

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Try deleting your .wine folder in your home directory. –  Capt.Nemo Jul 21 '13 at 4:54

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Simple to solve without command line or sudo. Just delete the ~/.wine directory that is in your home folder (were ~ is shorthand for /home/username). You will have to show hidden files to find it. Wine will automatically rebuild this directory the next time you use it.

While this is the quick and easy way it does leave leftover entries in ~/.local/share/applications. Just browse to this folder and delete the unwanted files/directories left from installed Wine apps. If you don't do this the removed apps will still be listed in your desktop menus even though they are no longer installed.

I use playonlinux to help with Wine. It makes it easier and it allows each program you install to be in it's own little separate virtual Windows drive. So if you have this problem again you just delete that programs directory instead of all of your Wine stuff.

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Good answer. :) –  Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jul 21 '13 at 6:01

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