I’ve some very old Windows Applications running in Wine in my Linux workstations.
It’s Software I bought years ago and that is not available anymore.
Keeping and migrating or cloning to another Linux Workstation or Virtual machine is really easy.
I share the steps with you.
You just have to copy the contents from your /home/username/.wine folder.
Then, in the new workstation install wine. For Ubuntu this is:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install wine
Run winecfg so basic links and structures are created.
Then simply copy the .wine folder backup to your new machine /home/username/
Your programs will be in /home/username/.wine/drive_c_/Program Files/ or /home/username/.wine/drive_c_/Program Files (x86)/
If you want you can just copy your programs folder.
Remember that to cd to a directory with spaces you have to use “
$ pwd /home/carles/.wine/drive_c $ cd "Program Files" $ pwd /home/carles/.wine/drive_c/Program Files
You can also use \ (slash space) to escape space.
Then start your favorite program with:
If that fails is very probably that creating a new configuration, for a new user, will make things right.
Update 2022-01-05: Take in count that you will be copying the Windows registry when doing this. I use this trick to clone applications that are no longer downloadable from the Internet. I clone wine to dedicated Virtual Machines. You may need different Virtual Machines for different programs if windows registry is different for them.