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Hello, right now I'm currently trying to get a old pc I had sitting around running windows xp. I have it right now running ubuntu, and I cant stand it. I'm a Windows person, and not being able to launch .exe files aggravates me .
I downloaded a ISO online for windows xp 32 bit, I'v tried burning the ISO to a flash-drive and booting from it. Currently I do not have any CD's but I am a cheap person and I really didn't want to go out and buy some. Nor do I have any floppy disc's, So I believe that's out of the question.
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I'v tried burning the ISO to a flash-drive and booting from it.
Some older motherboards won't boot from a USB drive. Post the spec of what you have.
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go into your bios. If it does not support boot from usb(usb cd drives are read as drive not usb devices) then you can't do it. You have to have a drive. Also it needs to be usb 2.0 i believe as well. Unless you get a drive with its own separate power.

Or you can just buy CDs. Word to the wise. Always keep 1 DVD and CD RW. That way if you ever need a temp you can just wipe it and use it.
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Do you have a windows xp serial?
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Hello, right now I'm currently trying to get a old pc I had sitting around running windows xp. I have it right now running ubuntu, and I cant stand it. I'm a Windows person, and not being able to launch .exe files aggravates me .
Uhhh...Linux is a totally different operating system. EXE files are Windows binaries. You can't just expect them to magically execute.
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Uhhh...Linux is a totally different operating system. EXE files are Windows binaries. You can't just expect them to magically execute.
Can I not use .dmg files in Windows then?
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Can I not use .dmg files in Windows then?
DMG files are images, not executables/binaries. So your point is irrelevant.

In short: Linux uses ELF, Windows uses PE, and Macs use universal binaries.
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Can I not use .dmg files in Windows then?
DMG are an OS X format. dmg=OS X exe=Windows. But I believe with some fancy command line and good knowledge of OSX and Linux you can execute a DMG in certain distros.
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I recommend trying linux mint, if you're trying linux and you're a windows person, i highly recommend it, i hate ubuntu's GUI and Mint's is just much more streamlined and more accommodating for people coming from windows.
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DMG are an OS X format. dmg=OS X exe=Windows. But I believe with some fancy command line and good knowledge of OSX and Linux you can execute a DMG in certain distros.
Once again, DMGs are NOT executable. They do not contain code. The closest analog would be an ISO or ZIP file.
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