Sunday, November 18, 2007

Run Windows programs without Windows, with ReactOS

Do you know that you can run Windows applications without having Windows on your system? Yes, that's what ReactOS is.

ReactOS is an advanced free open source operating system providing a ground-up implementation of a Microsoft Windows XP compatible operating system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.

ReactOS start menu

ReactOS Explorer

ReactOS running Unreal Tournament

ReactOS is closely related to the Wine project (the Linux application that can run Windows application) and can therefore run most of the Windows applications, that work with Wine. Installing program in ReactOS is simple point and click, which is ten times easier than getting applications to run on Wine. If you use Linux and then Wine to run Windows application, why not use ReactOS instead?

ReactOS homepage
A detailed review of ReactOS


  1. "If you use Linux and then Wine to run Windows application, why not use ReactOS instead?"
    because reactos lacks many of the good things about linux. no command line, it can get viruses.

  2. "If you use Linux and then Wine to run Windows application, why not use ReactOS instead?"

    because it's an unfinished POS

  3. Kudos to the developers for trying to create a free 32bit OS. But no matter how much work they put into it, ReactOS is never going to catch on in the mainstream as long as it continues to look like Windows 95. Most people, even those who use free OS's, want something with a more modern interface. Sorry.

  4. @jas of course it's unfinished, because of lack of support which you are clearly showcasing. It is an awesome idea to move away from Microsoft's proprietary operating systems. Intelligence to advance further with no barriers such as monetary gain.

  5. Good effort, but there's a fundamental flaw in its conception: It tries to move away from windows (being open source), and yet it passes itself off as "windows capable". I do understand the motivation is to attract windows audience ("run your windows programs on a non-windows environment"), but I think the effort should be focused on building on the good things of linux, while correcting its (alas, many) flaws.

    Personally, there's one and only one thing I can't stand in linux, and that's the difficulty/inconsistency with implementing hardware. I've never cursed more in my life than in those times I tries to make any given distro recognize a wlan card, a digital camera, or - sometimes - even a usb stick...

  6. Have you tried the latest Ubuntu? You shouldn't have any of the problems you mentioned. Heck it's even easier to setup a DSL connection or a bluetooth network on Ubuntu than on Windows.