How to Install Windows Programs on Mac

When you try to install a Windows application on iMac or MacBook computers, you will get an error because you cannot run Windows-compatible software on a Apple computer. The file extension for programs on the Mac is .dmg. On Windows, the extension of the programs is .exe.

How to Install Windows Programs on Mac

How to Install the Windows Software (EXE) on Mac

You can use Wine and PlayOnMac to run Windows on Apple’s macOS operating systems. After you install PlayOnMac on a Mac, you can install and use any Windows program.

In this article, we will install Windows software using PlayOnMac on macOS systems.

NOTE: You can also install and run a Windows program or game on macOS Catalina 10.15 by following the steps in this article.

How to Run Windows Programs and Games on macOS

To run Windows software without installing a Windows operating system on a Mac, you need to download and install PlayOnMac on your computer.

First, click on the image below to install PlayOnMac on macOS Mojave.

PlayOnMac Setup

After installing PlayOnMac, please follow the steps below to run a software file on Mac.

   Step 1

Open PlayOnMac and click Install a program.

Install a Program

   Step 2

Click Install a non-list program.

Install a non-listed program

   Step 3

Read the description in the PlayOnMac notification window and click Next.

Don't remind me anymore

   Step 4

Select Install a program in a new virtual drive and click the Next button.

Install a program in a new virtual drive

   Step 5

Type the name of the Windows program that you will install on your system and click Next.

Manual Installation

   Step 6

If the program to be installed is 32 Bit or 64 Bit, select the relevant option in the following window and click Next.

32 Bit Windows Installation

   Step 7

When Wine Mono Installer opens, click Install to download the required packages for applications that require the Net Framework.

NET Framework Download

   Step 8

To download the required packages for embed applications, click the Install button as follows.

Wine Gecko Installer

   Step 9

Click the Browse button to select the Windows program you want to install.

Determine the Location of EXE File

   Step 10

Select Notepad ++ and click the Open button.


   Step 11

After the Notepad installation starts, select the language you want to use and click OK to continue.

Installer Language

   Step 12

Do not run it after installing Notepad ++. Uncheck Run Notepad and click Finish.

Completing Notepad++

   Step 13

To create a shortcut for Windows program, click the shortcut icon of the program you are installing and click Next.

Choose Shortcut

   Step 14

Type a name for the Notepad application, and then click Next.

Typing the Name of Shortcut

   Step 15

Select the option I don’t want to make another shortcut and click Next.

I don't want to another shortcut

   Step 16

After successful installation of Notepad on Mac, close PlayOnMac.

Running Notepad++

   Step 17

After double-clicking on the Notepad shortcut on the macOS Mojave desktop, the Wine Explorer program will open. To run Notepad, double click on Notepad in Wine Explorer.

Wine Explorer

   Step 18

After you have successfully installed Windows-compatible Notepad on a Mac, you can examine the program from the image below.

Checking Software Version

How to Install Windows Software on Mac ⇒ Video

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   Final Word

In this article, we have examined how to run the EXE using PlayOnMac on macOS Mojave 10.14. Thanks for following us!

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