[Wine] Can't install program to another drive

James McKenzie jjmckenzie51 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 21:56:05 CDT 2011

On 9/19/11 7:50 AM, FX2011 wrote:
> jjmckenzie wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM, FX2011<wineforum-user at winehq.org>  wrote:
>> First, the disks have to be available to Linux.
>> Second, we do not recommend installing nor using programs on NTFS due
>> to several issues related to permissions.
>> Third, this is really the most important part, Wine does not and
>> cannot use a Windows registry hive.  Do NOT attempt to use any part of
>> your current Windows installation with Wine, excepting specfic Windows
>> DLL files on a case-by-case basis.
>> The way around this is to install programs under Wine in a Linux
>> formatted partition.  This does not preclude 'sharing' data by using a
>> FAT32 formatted partition between Windows and Linux and is the method
>> I have used for years to do so with other programs.
>> James
> Hello James,
> First - All drives are visible under Linux, hence being mounted and I can view and access all of them.
Ok.  That does eliminate one of the most common problems with using NTFS 
in the Linux environment.  However, it is still desirable to install 
programs through Wine and onto a Linux formatted drive.
> Second - This is probably the problem. So my thoughts were correct, it's best to remove Windows entirely thereby removing any possible NFTS format problems.
> Third - I certainly wasn't attempting run Wine under Windows if that is what you're referring to. Wine is installed under Linux at this time.
I guess I did not make myself completely clear.  Do not run programs 
that were installed in Windows under Wine unless you install them in 
Wine.  Most, but not all Windows32 programs write entries to the 
registry.  It is not possible to use the Windows 'hive' under Wine.  We 
cannot and do not want to read it.
 > Also in relation to your third point, for a complete re-install of 
Linux and removal of Windows, I gather it's prudent to have Linux 
installed on C and during the installation of
 > Linux format D and E as FAT32?

No.  Linux does not use a 'C' partition.  You can have both Windows and 
Linux installed on the same drive.  My suggestion is if you want to 
share data between the two Operating Systems.  If you desire to remove 
Windows, then you can format the entire drive as EXT3 (LINUX) and not 
have any other type of drive format on your system.

Partitioning and formatting drives is best left to the Linux forums as 
the type and number vary based upon your distribution.


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