Making an exe application run online?

by OsmanMusa 4 replies
Hi,

I have an application in an exe file that is currently on my server. I want the application to run when people click on the link to the exe file instead of downloading it. What currently happens is that when people click on the link i.e. http://website.com/program.exe the standard windows box appears asking you which folder you want to save the file to.

Is there any way of making the application run automatically instead of being downloaded first or would I need to have it re-written?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kael41
    I'm sort of confused what you're asking. Are you asking something like this?

    "i've got Microsoft excel on my webserver, excel.exe, and i want visitors to be able to run that program so they can use excel on their computer...is this doable?"

    If that's the question...the answer is no for a whole slew of reasons
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    • Profile picture of the author OsmanMusa
      Originally Posted by Kael41 View Post

      I'm sort of confused what you're asking. Are you asking something like this?

      "i've got Microsoft excel on my webserver, excel.exe, and i want visitors to be able to run that program so they can use excel on their computer...is this doable?"

      If that's the question...the answer is no for a whole slew of reasons
      That's what I meant but I wasn't intending on working with a program as huge as excel for obvious reasons.

      The application is only 216kb so it is very small. When it is on my desktop for example, I can launch it by double-clicking on it. I want the application to launch from the server when people click on the link to the file. I don't want the application to be downloaded to their computer automatically as soon as the link is clicked.

      Any help would be appreciated.
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      • Profile picture of the author ruchirkc
        I don't think an exe file can be run without being downloaded first. It doesn't matter whether your server has the file or not, the people viewing it have to download it to their own PC first in order to run it. Hope you get what I mean.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kael41
        Originally Posted by OsmanMusa View Post

        That's what I meant but I wasn't intending on working with a program as huge as excel for obvious reasons.

        The application is only 216kb so it is very small. When it is on my desktop for example, I can launch it by double-clicking on it. I want the application to launch from the server when people click on the link to the file. I don't want the application to be downloaded to their computer automatically as soon as the link is clicked.

        Any help would be appreciated.
        Gotcha. Yea, you're not going to be able to do this. You'll have to have a programmer convert the functions of what that executable does into some sort of PHP or .ASP script. What does your program do?
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