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Using Windows emulators with Anzio


At present Anzio Lite and AnzioWin do not support Linux or UNIX or other non-Windows operating systems. Also no version of these products is currently designed to run under Mac OS for Apple users.

However, we have had great success running various versions of our products, including AnzioWin and Anzio Lite under various Windows Emulation packages for these other, non-Windows, operating systems. We do not directly support any of these emulators, we are just passing on some notes from our users who have had success.

Mac OS

Several products exist that allow Windows applications to run on a Macintosh. Most of these depend on your operating system level. As emulation has become easier with the Mac Intel-based operating system, other products have appeared and more are projected.

For older Macintosh operating systems:

Virtual PC from Connectix Corporation runs on the Mac and allows for a full install of Microsoft Windows to co-exist. It lists for about $200 per copy. This does requires you have a licensed copy of the Windows software to install, but people have had success getting Anzio to work with it.

Another product that has been around a bit longer is SoftWindows and is available from FWB Software.

For Mac OS X:

With Apple's support for Intel-based Macintoshes, a number of other emulation products have become available, including "wine" mentioned above. The three prominent products are:

CrossOver comes from a company called CodeWeavers, The software can be downloaded from their web site or is found on the shelves at many Apple stores. You can download a 30-day demo of Crossover to try. List price is around $75.00.

Parallels Desktop is available from Nova Development. It runs Microsoft Windows inside a window on the Mac OS X. This requires an additional Microsoft Windows installation CD set and license. Parallels and the Windows operating system can be purchased at most Apple stores for around $79.00.

And then Apple themselves has also gotten into the mix with the OS X version of the Mac operating system. With Apple's Boot Camp, you can install a full copy of Windows in its own partition and boot either into Microsoft Windows or into Mac OS.

For additional information, see our Knowledgebase article on Running Anzio on a Mac.

WINE - Windows Emulation for Unix

While WINE is thought of as a Windows (tm) Emulator for UNIX, developers prefer to think of it as a Windows compatibility layer for UNIX. Many versions exist for various UNIX operating systems, but the primary place you see WINE is with Linux and the X-Windows implementation.

WINE is well supported and constantly updated to keep up with changes in Windows and user needs. The Wine Headquarters site is even now sponsored by Corel Corporation and can be found at From here, you can get the latest version and install for WINE and check out the latest news on releases (be sure to glance through this as there are actually daily builds of WINE available). Also check on your specific vendor for the latest WINE package, i.e. RedHat actually has an RPM (package manager) installation of WINE at their web site.

A couple of "gotchas" with WINE and Anzio. You will need a copy of Anzio to install. If you have problems with the Anzio Installshield program, install it under Windows and then copy over the executable (usually anzio32r.exe or anzio32.exe) and the necessary keys, .kys, file for the emulation you plan to use. This is all you really need to run Anzio under WINE.

If you have problems with Anzio running, there are two areas to check. In the {$HOME}/.wineserver-hostname directory is a file called "socket". If WINE quit abnormally at any time, this file may need to be removed manually. Second, all path names, drive definitions, printer setup, etc., are found in one of two files, either in the {$HOME}/.winerc or in the global wine.conf file (check with the installer or sys admin as to the settings in the global file).

Also printing may be an issue. If you are looking for printing solutions, be sure to read all the WINE documentation completely and visit some of the other supported sites. Printer drivers can be an issue and many people have found ways around this.

For more support on WINE, check out the Wine Headquarters web site and the various news and listserv groups.

MergePro for SCO

The MergePro project on SCO O/S allows you to run a full copy of Windows under the SCO operating system. This does require a valid Microsoft Windows license and additional disk and memory to run successfully. Once installed, Anzio runs fine in this environment however.


While not really an emulation package, VMWare does allow for multiple operating systems to be installed on the same hardware platform. With the latest version of VMWare (and adequate memory and disk), you can install multiple copies of Windows, Linux, UNIX, etc. and actually switch in and out of each with a simple shortcut key.

Other UNIX

Besides WINE, other Windows emulation programs have been showing up for Windows support under UNIX X-Windows. Search the internet and you will see at least a half dozen more, all with varying degrees of implementation.

Another company recently creating some interest is FWB Software. Their SoftWindows (tm) product, originally marketed by Insignia Corporation, is now available for the Macintosh and is currently being ported to UNIX. They use a different approach by allowing a complete Windows install to co-exist with UNIX and share files. Check out their web page at .

At present, WINE is the best portable Windows emulation software available. It is free and can be compiled on most operating systems that are Intel-based CPUs. For operating systems such as SCO UNIX, HP/UX and others, it may be best to talk with the vendor and see what they recommend.


Original OS/2 (tm) from IBM will run most any 16-bit application including Anzio Lite and AnzioWin, with little or no trouble. However, using the 32-bit applications do require additional emulation. Check out the Project Odin (formerly Win32-OS/2) at for more information on this. Also take a look at

WINE also now has a version which will provide the 32-bit emulation as it does for UNIX and Linux (check out the Wine Project at for more information).


At present we are aware of of only one Windows emulator available for BeOS, though it is probably just a matter of time before more show up. Since BeOS is Posix compatible and support many of the same compilers, WINE has been ported with some success. See the BeWINE page at


There are of course other operating systems presently being marketed, or which have been in the past, such as IBM, SGI, Sun, Next and Amiga, which may have emulation software available. Also if you want to run the DOS version of Anzio, many vendors support MS-DOS emulation. Check with individual O/S vendors for more information.

If you have specific needs, please give us a call. We are constantly researching new platforms and are also interested in developing Anzio on more platforms as needs become necessary. Let us know your requests.

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