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How to Install and Run Windows apps on Linux Mint using PlayOnLinux

In this article, we will show How to Run Windows apps on Linux Mint using PlayOnLinux. Linux is an open source operating system. Linux Mint is a community-driven Linux distribution that is based on Ubuntu. It strives to be a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is powerful as well as easy to use. Linux Mint is a free and open-source operating system designed for use on desktop computers.  It is one of the most popular desktop Linux Distros that millions of people currently use.

PlayOnLinux is a front-end graphical user interface for the WINE emulator that facilitates the usage of popular Windows programs on a Linux operating system. For example, users of PlayOnLinux can run Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, iTunes and Safari on their Linux-based computers. Below, we have mentioned the steps to Run Windows apps on Linux Mint.

Run Windows application on Linux Mint

Installing PlayOnLinux

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to install PlayOnLinux in Linux Mint via the GUI.

Step 1: Press the Win key on the keyboard to open the Cinnamon search menu. Or click on the Linux Mint icon and open the menu. Once it opens, type “Software Manager” and open the Software Manager app.

Step 2: Once the app is open, it will create a cache. Allow it to create the cache. This process may take a few minutes. When the process is complete, locate the search box in the upper right corner and click on it with the mouse.

Step 3: Type “PlayOnLinux” in the search box and press Enter. This will display the search results. Search for “PlayOnLinux” in the results and select it with the mouse.

Step 4: If you select “PlayOnLinux” in the search results, you will see the Mint Store entry for the app. Find the “Install” button here and click on it with your mouse.

Step 5: When you click the “Install” button with your mouse, a pop-up window may appear telling you that there is “additional software” that “needs to be updated“. Click the “Next” button and enter your password.

Step 6: Once you enter your password, Linux Mint will download and install the software on your computer. Note that the PlayOnLinux installation process may take some time depending on your Internet speed.

When the installation is complete, you can launch “PlayOnLinux” from the Mint menu on your Linux Mint PC.

Installing PlayOnLinux

If you prefer to use the terminal to install PlayOnLinux on your Linux Mint system, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Open a terminal window on the Linux Mint desktop. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or by searching for “Terminal” in the application menu.

Step 2: Once the terminal window is open, use the apt install command to set up the “playonlinux” package.

sudo apt install playonlinux

Step 3: When you enter the command in step 2, Linux Mint prompts you to enter a password. Use the keyboard to enter your password.

Step 4: After you enter your password, Linux Mint will ask you to press Y to confirm that you want to install PlayOnLinux on your Linux Mint PC. Press Y to confirm.

How to Install PlayOnLinux to Run Windows Programs on Linux Mint

Step 1: Open the PlayOnLinux application. You can open the application by searching for “PlayOnLinux” in the Mint app menu.

Step 2: Once PlayOnLinux is open, look for the “Install” button and click on it with the mouse.

Step 3: When you click the “Install” button, PlayOnLinux will search for programs that the user can install. This process will take some time, so sit back and be patient.

Step 4: When the scan is complete, locate the search box and click it. Then type the name of the Windows program you want to install. For example, to install Notepad++, type “Notepad Plus Plus“.

Step 5: After making a selection in PlayOnLinux, locate the “Install” button and click on it with the mouse. When you click the “Install” button, a pop-up window appears. This popup window is the PlayOnLinux Wizard.

  • Read what the PlayOnLinux wizard says. After you read it, click the “Next” button to go to the next page.

Step 6: After you read the startup message, another pop-up window appears. This is the installation wizard for the application you want to install.

  • Read the message of the wizard and then click the “Next” button to go to the next page.

Step 7: On the next page of the program installer, PlayOnLinux creates a virtual drive for installing the software. Be patient and let the app set up the drive. When it is finished, click “Next”.

Step 8: Once the virtual drive is created, PlayOnLinux downloads the program to your computer, installs it and is ready to use.

Final Words

We hope you like this article on How to Run Windows apps on Linux Mint with PlayOnLinux. Linux Mint is technically trying to get rid of everything they think is unnecessary in Ubuntu while making the experience faster. This, of course, includes using the Cinnamon desktop instead of GNOME. Although the difference isn’t huge, Linux Mint tends to have an advantage over Ubuntu due to lower memory consumption.

I hope you understand this article, How to Install and Run Windows apps on Linux Mint using PlayOnLinux.

James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.

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