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I have been using Wine 1.6 for running several old Windows XP applications. Last night I tried to install a old win98 app and seem to have broken something.

I changed the "default" compatibility mode to "win98" in the Configure Wine window and exited out. The n tried to right click on the .exe file to use install wine application from the pop-up menu. Wine never launched the install.

When I tried to go back to "Configure Wine" it even failed to open and then to my shock I found that my other three windows XP applications that worked prior to this all failed to launch.

Doing some research I tried launching winecfg from the command line and it failed with an error with something about .idt failed to invoke.

So my question is how can I undo or fix my horrible mistake? Is there a way to force the wine mode back to winXP?

Edit to add following

Per a suggestion I tried winetricks winxp but nothing happened, it just hung & I got the following:

gerald@gerald-Vostro-200:~$ winetricks winxp
wine cmd.exe /c echo '%ProgramFiles%' returned empty string

When i run winecfg, I got:

gerald@gerald-Vostro-200:~$ winecfg

modify_ldt: Invalid argument

modify_ldt: Invalid argument

modify_ldt: Invalid argument

modify_ldt: Invalid argument

modify_ldt: Invalid argument

^C (I tried to cancle / close the hung up process)

err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7bcc7be0 "loader.c: loader_section" wait timed out in thread 0024, blocked by 0009, retrying (60 sec)

^C

err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7bcc7be0 "loader.c: loader_section" wait timed out in thread 0025, blocked by 0009, retrying (60 sec)

^C

err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7bcc7be0 "loader.c: loader_section" wait timed out in thread 0026, blocked by 0009, retrying (60 sec)

err:seh:raise_exception Unhandled exception code c0000194 flags 0 addr 0x7bc367d1

err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7bcc7be0 "loader.c: loader_section" wait timed out in thread 0024, blocked by 0009, retrying (60 sec)

^C

err:seh:raise_exception Unhandled exception code c000013a flags 0 addr 0xf77d3430

gerald@gerald-Vostro-200:~$ 

UPDATE

Looking around in the FAQ I found "10.6. Every app I try to start crashes" http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#head-7c6623cfe3fb6b542f4b0d97bea78ce682c7c16c

I was not able to recover my wine installation and had to remove it then reinstall.

All is good now.

marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Luis Alvarado Aug 4 '14 at 19:06

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You still may still be able to change the Windows version using winetricks:

winetricks winxp

This should set the Wine version back to Windows XP - it may not work if wine doesn't work.


The wine configuration (by default) is stored in the home directory in a hidden file called ~/.wine. So another way to do this (start again), would be backup the current wine configuration (you can restore it then if needed):

mv ~/.wine ~/.wineBACKUP

or remove it (permanently):

rm -r ~/.wine

A better thing to do in the future would be to run Wine with multiple config directories, each for a version of Windows (98, XP, etc). This is covered in the Wine wiki, but basically if you install the WinXP programs normally in Wine, then run this:

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine98" winecfg

and set up a second setup of Wine version for Windows 98, and then install it in that version:

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine98" wine /path/to/program-that-needs-win98.exe

Both sets of applications should run happily, and if the Win98 one in ~/.wine98 mucks up, the WinXP in ~/.wine should be fine.

  • Thanks for the suggestion and future advice. I'm still having issues recovering my wine configuration. – gmebye Aug 2 '14 at 0:58
  • Could add (i.e. edit into) to your question what happens when your run winecfg? Also, you can back the current wine configuration by copying .wine to somewhere else. – Wilf Aug 2 '14 at 9:12
  • Also, did the winetricks command work? – Wilf Aug 2 '14 at 9:13

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