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.dmg = .exe basically?


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No. .exe is a Windows system file and .dmg is a Macintosh Disk Image.
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And you cant run a .exe file on Mac as its a executable windows file .... Some say you can with crossover but there is a lot of conjecture going around about this !!!!

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The .exe is an executable program for Windows, the .dmg is a disk image for Mac that may hold an executable program for Mac. The .dmg mounts as a disk drive, and from there you can run the program or installer, whichever is on the .dmg. If it has the application on it, you can just copy the application from the .dmg to the Applications folder and you're done with installing. You can then eject the .dmg and delete the .dmg image and the application will still be there.

I went through all this for you because as a relatively new switcher myself, it took a little while for me to appreciate the full differences in a .dmg.
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Actually, a .dmg on a Mac is kinda like a .DMS on Amiga, except on a Mac you can actually mount it as a drive. In fact, that's basically what a .dmg is -- it's sort of a virtual drive, in a way.
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Ok I misphrased sorry...a .dmg to Apple, is like an .exe to Windows, in that both of them are basically files from which you install programs, in layman's terms?
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Nope, a .dmg is more like a .iso they're images that can be mounted and from there you can install programs. You can also burn them to disk.

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Dysfunction is correct.

The whole .EXE with Crossover is not a controversy here at all. Not all EXE's will run in Crossover. Some try to say most will. That is an exgeration of the truth.
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... Not all EXE's will run in Crossover. Some try to say most will. ...
lol, typically the ones that just heard of Crossover a week ago

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No Crossover here lol...just a very basic question from a n00b, and it was answered thanks!
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.dmg = .iso

.exe = .app


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.dmg = .iso

.exe = .app
As a relatively new switcher myself this is the best explanation. It took me a while to understand this and it is, in fact a much more elegant way to handle program installation. MS sucks in this regard.

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As a relatively new switcher myself this is the best explanation. It took me a while to understand this and it is, in fact a much more elegant way to handle program installation. MS sucks in this regard.
The other real difference is that Windows programs will use an exe to install an App, so I get how it can be confusing. SOME Mac Apps will use an .app to install a program (interestingly MS Office for the Mac give you the drag and drop or installs program options) but simply dragging and dropping from the disc or disc image is a much easier way to do things. It's also why most Mac apps simply require you to drag them to the trash to uninstall.


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