Windows App Support

How to install and run Windows apps in Zorin OS.

Zorin OS allows you to install many Windows apps using the Wine compatibility layer. Please note that not all Windows apps may be fully compatible with Windows App Support in Zorin OS.

First steps

Before installing any Windows apps in Zorin OS, we strongly recommend that you check whether a native version of the app is available to install from the Software store or the developer’s website.

If the app doesn’t have a native Linux version, we recommend that you try a native alternative to this app for the best experience.

View alternatives to Windows apps ›

Run apps in .exe and .msi files

  1. Download the app’s original “.exe” or “.msi” executable file.
  2. Open the Files app and navigate to the “Downloads” folder
  3. Double-click on the “.exe” / “.msi” file.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. If this is the first Windows app you installed on your system, you will need to press the “Install Windows App Support” button.


If the Windows app experiences issues with the above instructions, please try installing it with PlayOnLinux. This configures the Windows app compatibility layer to work better with this specific app.

  1. Open the Zorin Menu and go to “Windows Apps” → “PlayOnLinux”.
  2. Click on “Install” to browse the list of apps available to download and install.
  3. Select the app you want to install and press “Install”. PlayOnLinux

Install Windows App Support layer separately

If you wish to install Windows App Support before running any Windows .exe or .msi files, simply open the Zorin Menu → System Tools → Windows App Support.

Windows App Support in the Zorin Menu

Press the “Install” button in the new window to install Windows App Support. Please note that this installation may take a few minutes to complete.

Install Windows App Support

Windows games

If you wish to install Windows-only games from Steam or other platforms, please read our instructions for playing games.

View how to play games ›