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What about Windows programs not on the list?

I wish to run Windows programs on my Linux computer after buying CrossOverLinux, but what about programs not on the Crossover list? I have one called Music Time, a composition program and a small one for storing and printing labels and my Palm software for Tungsten E PDA (soon to be upgraded to Treo 750). How can I run these sorts of programs?

Advice would be appreciated on this matter please.



The best place to start is to search our compatibility database to see if your applications have been tested by any other users

If you can find no information, you should start by installing the program as an unsupported application into a winXP bottle. If this does not work, try installing into other bottle types. You can also install some of the service packs and dependencies available in the Install Windows Software menu such as MDAC 2.5, Windows Installer 2.0, .NET 2.0 Framework, DCOM98, etc.

Applications that interface with USB devices typically don't work well (if at all). This is due to proprietary device drivers - drivers access lower-level OS components, and they aren't "fooled" into thinking that they're running on Windows as with applications. However, some users have had success with getting applications in Crossover to recognize and interface with USB devices. A detailed wiki on how to get Crossover to "see" these devices is here:

Hi Jack,

Thanks for your prompt reply. Unfortunately I'm completely non-technical. I've never heard of 'bottles' in relation to computing before so have no idea what an XP bottle is. Also the Wiki description you refer me to sais: "This issue assumes you have a fairly technical background" which cuts me out completely.

There certainly is plenty in the compatibility section regarding Palm, but not Music Time. I guess I'll just stick to XP for the time being.

Many thanks,


Fair enough. You can re-download a new trial at any time if you feel like giving Crossover another shot.

For future reference, a "bottle" is the simulated windows environment into which Crossover installs windows apps. When you install an application, one of the mandatory steps is to select a bottle/create a new bottle, and they can be managed in the Configuration/Manage Bottles menu.

Please Note: This Forum is for non-application specific questions relating to installation/configuration of CrossOver. All application-specific posts to this Forum will be moved to their appropriate Compatibility Center Forum.

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