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How can I run Windows applications in Ubuntu?

Currently I am using Ubuntu 11.04 and I have tried installing Windows games with Wine, but some games like NFS require the latest version of DirectX. What should I do to play games in Ubuntu?

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Did you try installing Windows in a Virtual Machine inside Ubuntu and running the game there? –  nitstorm Oct 11 '11 at 23:55

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unfortunately wine for linux is far from perfect and there is little to zero dx10 and dx11 support, even making dx9 games to work usually requires a fair bit of hacking around, which is why wine is not suited to run recent windows games (older games work like a charm though. so you have two choices, either run windows inside virtual machines like virtual box, which incurs performance penalties or set up a dual booting machine with windows and ubuntu. hope this is helpful

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