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  • Added on: Apr 27 2012 11:52 PM
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What to do with a Wineskin wrapper after you've downloaded it

How to install software into a Wineskin wrapper.

Posted by KGameLover1 on Apr 27 2012 11:52 PM
First of, let me say that the info in this tutorial is kind of obvious to some of our members. However, many members on the forum (including myself) get numerous PM's like "OMG WHAT DO I DO WITH THE WRAPPER AFTER I DOWNLOADED IT". This tutorial attempts to change that.

First off, a wrapper (in most cases) is NOT the full game.
You have to obtain the game yourself, whether through purchasing it or other means. (SUPPORT THE DEVELOPERS! IF YOU LIKE A GAME, BUY IT! :D)
To other members: if you see/read someone asking "why does the game not work after I double-click it" please direct them to the bolded text above. :P

Alright, now let's get down to business.

First, I'll be covering how to install from a DVD/CD, from a digital .exe, (from places such as GOG.com) and from a pirated copy. (seriously, support the developers if you like it) It'll also cover a game that doesn't need an install executable - it simply runs.

First of all, right click the wrapper. In these screenshots, I'll be using DanIsTheMan's The Walking Dead EP 1 wrapper.
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Then, double click Wineskin.app.

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After that, click the Install Software button.

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Now, at this point, you have two choices (seen below). You can either install the game, or copy a file/folder inside. Only one choice generally works for a game. If you bought the game from a digital distributor, (ex: GOG.com) pirated it, or the .exe contains the words 'Install', 'Setup', or 'Prep', you should select option 1. If there is only one .exe, and nothing else marked 'install' in the folder, you should select option 2. I recommend Copy instead of Move, myself. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ISN'T ALWAYS THE CASE; THERE ARE RARE EXCEPTIONS.

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Let the installer finish; it varies from game to game. Do not attempt to close it out on the screen 'Wineskin is currently busy', it may take a while.
After the installer is finished, if you are using a crack, apply it now. About 65% of the errors with users using a cracked copy are them not applying the crack correctly.

If you're using a pre-configured wrapper, you should be ready to go! However, just to make sure your wrapper will work correctly, click 'Advanced' and we'll go deeper into the Wineskin config app…
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See the Windows EXE field? Click Browse.

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Select drive_c, followed by Program Files, then whatever the name of your game is. (sometimes it may be the game company's name) Find the correct exe (for example, mine was WalkingDead.exe) click on it, then click 'Choose' at the bottom.

Congratulations! Your wrapper is ready to go!

FAQ section:

Q: My wrapper says this:
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What do I do now? IT'S YOUR FAULT! I WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME NOW!

A: Calm down, calm down. Did you quit out of the wrapper's installation process because you were tired of waiting, or you didn't see anything when you selected the install .exe, so you quit? There's the problem! Try to install it again, but this time, don't quit.

It could be, however, that your game's installer does not work with Wineskin.
This could be because:
A) The installer doesn't work with Wineskin.
DIAGNOSIS: The game's icon bounces in the dock for a few seconds, then disappears.
FIX: Install the game in Windows and copy the files over.
B ) The Screen Settings are set incorrectly.
DIAGNOSIS: Your whole screen turns black and you don't see anything at all after 5 minutes.
FIX: Ask the wrapper's creator what to do or (NOVICE USERS BEWARE) try to modify the screen settings yourself in the Wineskin app.
C) You have a corrupt .exe or wrapper
DIAGNOSIS: None of the above happens.
FIX: Re-download the .exe and/or wrapper. Alternatively, it could be the wrapper the creator uploaded. Post in the game's port database comments that the installer crashes, and ask if anyone else has this problem. Provide your system specs and what version you're using. See cluthz' tutorial "How to get good help" for more info on this.

Q: I get a black screen when starting the wrapper after installation! WHY DOESN'T IT WORK?!
A: Again, calm down. The Screen Settings are probably incorrectly set.

DIAGNOSIS: Your whole screen turns black (obviously) and you don't see anything at all after 5 minutes.
FIX: Ask the wrapper's creator what to do or (NOVICE USERS BEWARE) try to modify the screen settings yourself in the Wineskin app.

Next, I'll be covering how to use Steam.

First of all, right click the wrapper. In these screenshots, I'll be using DanIsTheMan's The Walking Dead EP 1 wrapper.

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Then, double click Wineskin.app.

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After this, click Advanced.

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Then, click 'Tools' then 'Winetricks'.

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Search for Steam, (as seen below) click the one in 'Apps' and then click 'Run'. Let it install, it may take a while. Go back to Wineskin.app, click 'Advanced' again, and change the Windows EXE field to the Steam.exe.

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(This, except Steam and not the Walking Dead.)

Sign in with your Steam account, then download the game. (you should already know how to do this)

MAKE SURE YOU GO IN STEAM'S SETTINGS AND CLICK 'DISABLE STEAM COMMUNITY IN-GAME'. Your wrapper will be destroyed if you don't, and you'll have to do this a llllllll over again.

After this, you should be able to play the game! Congrats!

Q: I get a black screen when starting the wrapper after installation! WHY DOESN'T IT WORK?!
A: Again, calm down. The Screen Settings are probably incorrectly set.

DIAGNOSIS: Your whole screen turns black (obviously) and you don't see anything at all after 5 minutes.
FIX: Ask the wrapper's creator what to do or (NOVICE USERS BEWARE) try to modify the screen settings yourself in the Wineskin app.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks for reading it! :D

~KGameLover1
129 Comments
Yay!!!
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not all games require doing this, some games just requires drag and drop.
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Demondays1, on 29 April 2012 - 04:34 AM, said:

not all games require doing this, some games just requires drag and drop.
That would be a full game?
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SouthTuna, on 29 April 2012 - 10:03 AM, said:

That would be a full game?

I guess if you see it that way.
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Demondays1, on 29 April 2012 - 04:34 AM, said:

not all games require doing this, some games just requires drag and drop.
hence the feature 'Copy a Folder Inside' -_-
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which is in the tutorial, i just checked.
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why is there a port for this? it was released natively for mac...
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Because... The native port isn't so great... And there are no cracks for the native port.
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I want to play my paid steam games and i want the multiplayer, so i have to install the Steam for MAC or Windows Wrapper Steam (where i can download it) ?
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dsh4rk, on 09 May 2012 - 05:59 PM, said:

I want to play my paid steam games and i want the multiplayer, so i have to install the Steam for MAC or Windows Wrapper Steam (where i can download it) ?
Use a blank Wineskin wrapper and Winetricks to install the Windows Steam into a wrapper.
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hoogerslof, on 06 May 2012 - 09:25 PM, said:

why is there a port for this? it was released natively for mac...
why are you making a completely unrelated post on a tutorial?
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So, while I'm not advocating pirating...let's say someone has a game and it's a .iso file...what would, hypothetically, one do then?
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just mount the .iso (double click), then click install windows software as the guide says. Select the .iso in the left sidebar and select the install .exe. :)
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and what if it's a multi disc game, so then there are two .iso files? haha Sorry...I'm still new to all this...
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Mount both files and the installer should ask you to insert the second disk at some point. They usually have a browse button, so click that and select the second mounted iso (it should show as a second drive in wine). Then, the game will install and you can hypothetically play.
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Whenever i launch Skyrim, all i get is a white screen, and it says Shader3 is required but not compatible with my graphics card. I'm using an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024mb. Help?
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Can i use the multiplayer on the steam port
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loanwe, on 08 September 2012 - 09:52 AM, said:

Can i use the multiplayer on the steam port
any port that is steam supported and you have the legit game, yes
but that port that says "windows steam" probably won't work too well
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Is there any video tutorial for the installation process because I can't get it to install.
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"Failed to find default engine .ini file to retrieve My Documents subdirectory to use. Force quitting"   help
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