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    exe. and zip. files
    I have a MacBook and whenever i try to download something that is a exe file or a zip compressed file nothing happens. But dmg works. What do these mean and what is the solution to this problem.

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    Well .exe files are Windows based executables and so wont run on OSX.

    .Zip files are just compressed files, have you got anything like StuffIt? If not get StuffIt to decompress .zip's, .rar's, etc etc
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    an exe file is a windows executable file. OS X cannot run them (though you could under parallels or bootcamp).

    i believe you should be able to open zip files, as zip is just a compression format/tool. stuffit expander may open these, but i can't say with 100% authority.


    edit: symondavis beat me to it.
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    Whenever I open the .zip file it opens or should i say tries to open and says that it is a .exe file so that explains it. but is there anything that i can buy or download to bypass this?

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    like i said, to run an exe file, you need to run parallels or bootcamp. or a windows pc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by symondavis View Post
    Well .exe files are Windows based executables and so wont run on OSX.
    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    an exe file is a windows executable file. OS X cannot run them
    Quote Originally Posted by scottwparker View Post
    is there anything that i can buy or download to bypass this?
    Well, you could use a Windows machine.

    Seriously, it isn't going to work under OS X. You will have to use Windows to run your .exe files.
    Like eric mentioned, if you have an Intel-based Mac, then you can run Windows under Parallels and that should take care of it.
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    Maybe this guy wants to extract and burn to CD etc to use on a Windows based machine.
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    well, that would lead me to my next question. What are parallels?

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    ZIP files open on Any mac in my house without stuffit expander installed. Support for ZIP's Is built into OSX.

    You need Stuffit Expander (FREE) to open files with the .sit extension and others like RAR.

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    Not 'are' but 'is'. Parallels allows an intel based Mac to run windows in various modes on the system.
    Boot camp is similar but does not allow dual systems to run at the same time, but gives Windows 100% hardware access to the machine.
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    maybe we're asking the wrong sort of troubleshooting questions...


    what is this exe file supposed to do? is it a program, script?
    maybe if we knew that, we could direct you to an OS X equivelent.
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    I have stuffit expander...same problems for me , but when I try to "stuff this "PFD2web" thing it says

    "the file "pdf2web setup.exe" does not appear to be compressed or encoded> It is advised that you obtain further information about the contents of this file from the sender or provider of this file".

    no clue what to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhill06 View Post
    I have stuffit expander...same problems for me , but when I try to "stuff this "PFD2web" thing it says

    "the file "pdf2web setup.exe" does not appear to be compressed or encoded> It is advised that you obtain further information about the contents of this file from the sender or provider of this file".

    no clue what to do
    Well, the error message pretty much tells you what's up here. It's not an archive, but a Windows executable. And that means "Windows ONLY".
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