How to Set Up PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 to Run Windows Apps or Games on Debian 11 Bullseye
PlayOnLinux is an interface software that uses Wine infrastructure but is not related to WineHQ and allows you to install Windows-compatible software.
If you are using Debian or one of the other Linux distributions, you may need to use this software in order to use one of the 32 Bit or 64 Bit programs of Windows on your Linux system.
You can see that many Windows programs or games are supported in the Wine application database, but in some cases, the application you want to run may not be supported. In such cases, you may need to turn to alternative programs.
You can run commonly used programs such as Office, Notepad, or Photoshop by installing the PlayOnLinux software on your Linux computer for free.
How to Download and Install PlayOnLinux
In order to install PlayOnLinux on your computer in the fastest way, it is sufficient to execute the “sudo apt install playonlinux” command in the terminal. However, you can also install manually using the deb package.
In order to install some EXE files without error, you need to enable 32 Bit architecture for Wine infrastructure. On your Debian 11 system, find the terminal from the applications and run it.
Then execute the “sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386” command in the terminal to enable 32 Bit (i386) architecture and then execute the “sudo apt update” command to update the software repository list.
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
After refreshing the new versions of the packages and the repo addresses, execute the “sudo apt install wine32” command in the terminal to install Wine32.
sudo apt install wine32
After checking the packages to be installed for Wine32, press Y and Enter.
To install using the PlayOnLinux.deb package, you need to download it from the official website. You can download it with a web browser, but in order to download it quickly, it is enough to execute the command below in the terminal.
After downloading the deb package, execute the command “sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb” in the terminal to start the installation.
If you see that dependent packages such as python should be installed as in the image below, run the “sudo apt install -f” command again and confirm the packages to be installed so that you can download and install the relevant packages depending on your repository addresses.
When the necessary packages for PlayOnLinux are downloaded and installed, you can execute the “playonlinux –version” command to check the version in the terminal or the “playonlinux” command to run the program.
After downloading the SetupEditPadLite.exe file to the Downloads folder, find PlayOnLinux from the application menu and run it.
After opening the PlayOnLinux program, click the Install a program option from the Actions panel and click the Install a non-listed program option in the window that opens.
After reading the information about the installation steps in the Wizard window, click Next.
Click Next to skip the explanation window stating that PlayOnLinux is not related to WineHQ.
In the Manual Installation window, you can see that the applications you will install are not guaranteed to work correctly. As we said, you can find more than one compatible software in the Wine database.
To install a new software, select Install a program in a new virtual drive and click Next.
It would be more correct to type the name of the program for the virtual drive of the application. Therefore, for the virtual drive name, type the name of the program you downloaded and click Next.
If you want to configure settings such as system compatibility in the Wine interface before starting the installation, check the Configure Wine option and select your system in the next window. If you are going to install a program with basic settings, continue without ticking these options.
According to the program you downloaded, select the 32 Bit or 64 Bit installation option in this window and continue.
Wait while the virtual drive you configured is being created.
To start the installation of the program, you must select the EXE setup file. In this window, select the setup file via the Browse button and click Next.
When the setup wizard of the EditPad Lite note-taking program opens, click the Immediate Installation button for quick installation.
After reading the license agreement of the EditPad Lite software, click the Yes, I Do button.
After installing EditPad Lite 8 on your Linux PC, for closing the wizard Click the Thanks! button.
Select EditPad Lite 8.lnk and click Next to create a shortcut for your note program.
Type an understandable and appropriate name for the shortcut and continue.
Skip creating another shortcut and click Next.
You can see the icon and name of the program you installed in the PlayOnLinux interface. Select the program you want to run in this interface and click Run from the tool menu, and then double-click the shortcut created from the Programs window.
Once you run the note-taking software, you can start doing your work. To check the EditPad Lite version, you can open the relevant window from the Help / About section.
How to Uninstall PlayOnLinux
If you want to remove PlayOnLinux from your system, first save the work you have done in all Windows applications, and then you can proceed to the deletion process.
To uninstall PlayOnLinux just execute the “sudo apt purge –auto-remove playonlinux” command in the terminal and then enter your root password and press Y and Enter to confirm the packages to be removed.
sudo apt purge --auto-remove playonlinux
Then execute the “sudo apt purge –auto-remove wine*” command to delete all Wine related packages as well.
sudo apt purge --auto-remove wine*
Finally, execute the “sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean” command to delete the unnecessary files, configuration files, and packages left on your system after uninstalling the related software.
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