How do I create a 32-bit Wine prefix on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit?
To create a 32-bit WINE prefix on a 64-bit Ubuntu system, you need to open a terminal and run the following command:
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/prefix32" WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot
WINEPREFIXis the directory for the prefix
- This directory must not already exist or you will get an error! Please do not manually create it in Nautilus or with mkdir./
This Is how I did it. The above answer - for me - did not work.
First I deleted the Wine folder with this command:
rm -r ~/.wine
If it tells you that directory is not empty just add the
-f (force) flag. Note that this will remove any windows applications installed in this prefix!
Your command should look something like this:
rm -r -f ~/.wine
And then create a 32 bit prefix with this command:
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine wine wineboot
Just creating a
wine32 prefix/directory (without
wine64 prefix/directory) will not work. As was suggested above (but not fully written out) - and if you want to avoid the need to use winecfg (which is annyoing in automation - you need to somehow close it), here is the full solution: create a
wine64, then a
wine32 directory. If you use
winetricks to check it (it gives a warning for
wine64 directories), it will report both correctly (
wine64 gives the warning, since it's 64, wine32 does not, since it's 32.). The solution;
rm -Rf ./wine # carefull, this deletes your entire wine config (fine if you want to start afresh) WINEPREFIX=~/.wine wineboot
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 WINEARCH=win32 wineboot
After this, you can:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 WINEARCH=win32 your_32bit_executable.exe WINEPREFIX=~/.wine WINEARCH= your_64bit_executable.exe # likely, did not test.
I was running into the same issue.
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine winecfg
It should start to download the drivers necessary. I believe this issue is due to a problem occurring during the normal download. For me it my internet dropped as it was originally downloading the drivers.
Test if you already have multiarch enabled:
dpkg --print-foreign-architectures | grep -q i386 && sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Then install wine32:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine32
And finally, don't delete your 64-bit wine install. just rename it to .wine64 then create a new .wine folder for your 32-bit apps:
mv ~/.wine ~/.wine64 && WINEARCH=win32 wineboot
After erasing .wine32, installing the .NET 4.0 with the command $ WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 winetricks dotnet40, worked for me.
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/prefix32" WINEARCH=win32 [ Here the command that give you the wine prefix error ]
- Do not use the  brackets. This method solved my issue.