I am applying to do some online consulting work with a company that states "having a computer with Windows OS" as a requirement. I don't have Windows but I hope to use their software under Wine. In the application form they ask the following question:

What is the version of Microsoft Windows installed in your computer?

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Other

Which version should I state in order to maximize the chance that I can run their software under Wine?

  • Did my answer resolve your question? I'm curious to know if that's what you wanted to know. – RPiAwesomeness Jan 25 '15 at 1:13
  • Yes, your answer was helpful, thanks! I was asking for somebody else and was waiting for their feedback before accepting. – Abdallah Jan 26 '15 at 16:14
  • Ah, glad to have helped. I wasn't sure if that would help or not, glad to see that it's useful. – RPiAwesomeness Jan 26 '15 at 16:44

From the WineHQ - About Wine page:

Wine began in 1993 under the initial coordination of Bob Amstadt as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux. Very early on, leadership over Wine's development passed to Alexandre Julliard, who has managed the project ever since. Over the years, as the Windows API and applications have evolved to take advantage of new hardware and software, Wine has adapted to support new features, all while being ported to other OSes, becoming more stable, and providing a better user-experience.

From that it sounds like there really is no specific version of Windows that WINE is based off of.

However, if you run wine regedit and then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows NT:

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and select the CurrentVersion key:

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you'll see a registry string titled ProductName.

In my case, running Wine 1.6.2, the value for ProductName is Windows XP. Then, looking at the CSDVersion string's value, you'll notice that it says Service Pack 3.

Thus, your safest bet would most likely be that Wine is most similar to Windows XP (Service Pack 3).


I've discovered something else in WINE. If you install winetricks and then open it up, then click on Select the default wineprefix:

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Then click Run winecfg:

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You can change the version of Windows that WINE, I guess, emulates? You can change the displayed Windows version at the very least:

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  • It doesn't change what wine version is emulated; it simply changes what version of windows Wine reports itself as to programs that check what version of windows they are being run on. – Wyatt8740 Oct 28 '17 at 17:46

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