In this article, we will examine how to set up and use PlayOnLinux 4.3.4, which allows you to run Windows-compatible programs or games on the Linux Mint 21 Vanessa distribution.
How to Set Up PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 to Run Windows Compatible Software on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa
PlayOnLinux is free software that provides an interface to the Wine infrastructure developed for Linux distributions. By installing this software on your Linux computer, you can run all applications in the software database.
Thanks to PlayOnLinux, you can continue to use your commonly used software on your Windows computer on your Linux computer.
For example, users usually do their work or documents with the Microsoft Office program. Since this software from Microsoft only supports Windows systems, it cannot be installed on a Linux system like Linux Mint.
In such cases, you can freely use the PlayOnLinux software. But in some cases you may not be able to run new versions of office or other software.
How to Download and Install PlayOnLinux
There are different methods of installing PlayOnLinux on your computer. The first is to use a single line of code (sudo apt install playonlinux) in the terminal or install the application from the software center.
The second method is to download the deb extension package from the PlayOnLinux official website and install it manually.
First, open the terminal on your Linux Mint computer and execute the “sudo apt update” command to update the package list, then type your root password and press Enter.
sudo apt update
After refreshing your system’s repository source, execute the command below in the terminal to download the PlayOnLinux.deb package.
To install the deb package, execute the command “sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb” in the terminal. If you see that the dependent packages are not installed as in the image below, you should install those packages as well.
sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb
If you need to install the necessary packages for PlayOnLinux, execute the “sudo apt install -f” command in the terminal.
sudo apt install -f
Press Y and Enter to confirm the installation of additional packages of 1,223 MB (1.2 GB) on your system.
After installing PlayOnLinux, execute the “playonlinux –version” command in the terminal to check its version. You can also use the “playonlinux” command to run the program.
After running the program, you can check the version and related information from the Help / About section.
How to Install and Configure Wine
In order for the PlayOnLinux software to run smoothly on your Linux host computer, you need to install the Wine package by choosing one of the x86 or x64 versions according to the architecture type.
If the applications you will run on your computer are 32 Bit, by installing the latest version Wine package from the Wine Versions (x86) tab, you can choose the version you downloaded manually instead of the Wine version that the program automatically determines on your system during the installation stages of the programs with EXE extension.
One of the most common PlayOnLinux errors is that the Wine package is not correctly detected on your system. That’s why we recommend installing the Wine package via POL.
After running PlayOnLinux, click Tools / Manage Wine Versions from the tool menu.
In the PlayOnLinux Wine Versions Manager window, click the x86 tab and select the current version from the versions listed on the left panel and click the > button.
When the Wine 7.11 installation wizard opens, click Next.
Wait while the Wine 7.11 x86 version is downloaded to your computer.
After installing the Wine software from the POL interface, you can check it from the Installed Wine Versions section.
After downloading the Bandicam.exe program, click Install a program from the Actions section of the PlayOnLinux interface.
If the application you want to install is not available in the PlayOnLinux database, click Install a non-listed program.
When PlayOnLinux Wizard opens, click Next after reading the relevant information for the installation steps.
In the next step, in the window that states that this software is not related to WineHQ, click Next.
When the Manual Installation window opens, click Next to continue.
If you are installing a program for the first time using PlayOnLinux, continue with the Install a program in a new virtual drive option.
If you are going to edit a program you have installed, continue with the Edit or update an existing application option.
Type the name of the program you will install in the relevant text box and click Next.
At this stage, since you have downloaded the necessary Wine package for PlayOnLinux to run smoothly, select the Use Another Version of Wine option and click Next.
For x86 applications, select the version of Wine 7.11 you have installed and continue.
If the program you will install is 32 Bit or 64 Bit, you need to specify the virtual drive type. Since we will install the 32-bit version of the Bandicam program, we choose 32 bits windows installation in this window.
Wait while creating the virtual drive for Bandicam and configuring Wine. At this stage, install the Mono package necessary for the NET Framework applications to work correctly.
Click the Browse button to select the EXE program you downloaded to your computer. Select the EXE file you saved in Downloads and open it.
When the installation wizard opens, select the language you want to use the program in and click OK.
Click Next in the window informing you that you need to close all your running applications while starting the installation.
Accept the license agreement of the video recording software.
After editing the components of the video program, click Next.
Do not change the location where you will install Bandicam and click Next.
When you have completed the installation, click Finish to close the wizard.
Check the bdcam.exe file to create a desktop shortcut for Bandicam and click Next.
Type Bandicam for the shortcut of the program and click Next.
In order not to create another shortcut, check the I don’t want to make another shortcut option and click Next.
When you double-click the shortcut created on the desktop of your Linux Mint system, click Bandicam again in the window that opens and run it.
When you run the Bandicam screen recorder program, you can now start recording your work on your system.
How to Uninstall the Installed Windows Program
Using POL, you can easily remove an application or game that you have installed on your Linux computer from the program’s interface.
Mark the program you want to remove from the POL interface and click the Remove button from the tool menu.
When the POL Uninstaller window opens, click Next to continue uninstalling Bandicam.
Click Yes to delete the virtual drive of the Bandicam program.
After successfully uninstalling the Windows program via PlayOnLinux, click Next and close the wizard.
How to Uninstall PlayOnLinux
If you no longer want to run a Windows program or game on your Linux computer, you can uninstall PlayOnLinux.
To completely remove PlayOnLinux from your system, execute the “sudo apt purge –auto-remove playonlinux” command in the terminal.
sudo apt purge --auto-remove playonlinux
Press Y and Enter to confirm deleting all dependent packages to be removed from your system.
After uninstalling the software, execute the “sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean” command to clean up all the unnecessary packages left on your system.