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I'm trying to download an application and wine keeps giving me the message of a bad exe file.

I've tried the simple cd /Downloads and then wine applicationname.exe but I got the error message and tried to look up what I was doing wrong. I tried to change wine to the 64 bit over the 32 bit, but I can't tell whether I have done so or not.

I then tried to create a wine64 directory and run it through there with WINEPREFIX=~/.wine64 wine /home/user/Downloads/applicationname.exe but it renders the same bad exe file message.

I'm not great with terminal commands and would appreciate some assistance. Thanks!

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    That means that the file is really bad ;-) – Pilot6 Feb 20 '17 at 18:47
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Is that similar to your situation?

it appears you are trying to run a 32 bit app with pure 64 bit Wine. That won't work. Try the WineHQ Debian package. https://wiki.winehq.org/Debian https://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26368

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