my mac won't get out of dos mode

July 11, 2011 at 23:25:58
Specs: Macintosh
please help. i have a mac book air and whenever i download an e.x.e file it says that "this program cannot be run in dos mode" with what i presume is a bunch of coding underneath and i can't open a proper file. could someone please help??? PLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSSE?!

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July 12, 2011 at 01:13:55
.exe files are for Windows. They won't run on OS X.

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July 12, 2011 at 11:54:05
I guess it would be better if we can understand what you are trying to do? Are you trying to run a DOS/Windows program in Mac OS X (there are ways of doing this...) or are you running Windows on your Mac (like in Bootcamp or an emulator like Parallels?)

Reason I ask is the error message seems like one generated by either DOS or Windows, not Mac OS X. :)

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July 13, 2011 at 10:41:39
That text appears near the beginning of most Windows programs. The fact that strange characters are printed after it makes me believe that OS X is printing the contents of the file. You would then see exactly what the OP describes.

If I'm right, the first characters printed will actually be "MZ", then some rubbish,B then the message.

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August 20, 2011 at 07:40:05
I need help I have a macbook I just installed lion, and I am doing this download for microsoft office 2011 in my laptop it is made for mac so all the decoding is only workable on mac, but when I download it says It can't run on DOS mode, and I get confused I have no idea what DOS mode is and I don't know how to get out of it, I just got this macbook and never installed anything, people say its associated with PC i don't have a pc either way. When I read the comments on the download they all work perfectly how do I get out of that mode?

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August 21, 2011 at 04:33:46
Where are you downloading it from? Are you absolutely sure that it is a Mac version?

I'd suggest that you ask the question on the dedicated forum for Office on Mac at Microsoft's website.

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