How to install or execute .RUN type file?

I have some software as a .RUN type file (with an accompanying .DAT file) that I'm trying to run on a windows xp or windows 7 machine. Does anyone know how I would go about getting it to work? I'm considering putting it through a compiler or interpreter, but any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
chelshawAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Sounds like some kind of scripting language or a file to be used with another application.  .RUN is not and never has been a valid executable extension on Windows.  You could make it one, but that wouldn't likely solve your problem.  Can you post the contents - perhaps the first few lines of the ".run" file and maybe we can identify what kind of code it is and how you would execute it.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Do you know what it's meant to install?

.run files are used in Linux to directly install programs, they are the equivalent of Windows .msi installers

You're not likely to get far in Windows with them.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingRunPackage
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If Cygwin is installed it MIGHT help.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
It's a big ask. Cygwin isn't really Linux & I'm guessing that the .dat would need to contain binaries that work in Windows for the install to be successful (the .run file really just scripts the installation). The odds on that are slim to none.  If this is going to work on a Windows machine it would need to be in a VM running a true Linux distro.

(I know you said "MIGHT" :))
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chelshawAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

Lee W - I couldn't even get it to open in notepad so I unfortunately can't send some of the code.

MASQ - Could there be a way for me to somehow make a windows-working version of the .DAT file? Is there a way to read what the .DAT file is doing or providing, and then translate it to windows environment?

Sorry if these are dumb questions, very new to this stuff!
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chelshawAuthor Commented:
Forgot to answer the other question -- It's meant to install software that controls the computer directly, so even if I got it running on a virtual environment at that point it wouldn't be useful anymore.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
"It's meant to install software that controls the computer directly"

A Windows-based computer?

"Could there be a way for me to somehow make a windows-working version of the .DAT file? Is there a way to read what the .DAT file is doing or providing, and then translate it to windows environment?"

In theory you could unpack the file in Linux decompile it, work out what it's doing and then write code in Windows to do the same thing.  In practical terms - no :(

It sounds like this was written to install on a computer running Linux.  Perhaps controlling the system directly but using a Unix type interface.
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sarabandeCommented:
even if I got it running on a virtual environment at that point it wouldn't be useful anymore
how do you know it isn't useful if you don't know what the software is doing at all?

why not create a vm on your windows, install some linux - say ubuntu - and then try to install your files on this?

Sara
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