I am running Mint 18.1 serena MATE, and have installed Wine 1.6.2
I have several Windows programs that each consist only of a directory containg an .exe, maybe a .dll or two, and some data files. They currently reside on a fuse drive (old windows system ntfs drive).
First, Wine doesn't like to run stuff directly from a fuse drive.
Second, Wine likes to run an installer (generally .msi file) that will let it place the files used by an application on a Wine virtual drive (thus avoiding direct access to the foreign/fuse drive).
The programs I have don't have installers. They are XP Windows mode (not console mode) games like Freecell, Majhon, Klondyke, but from the days before .msi or .net was a gleam in anyone's eye. They were first passed around on floppies!
The authors compiled everything to run basically "stand alone" (run-times, etc. are linked into the application.) The "install" instructions are "Copy this directory to your hard disk, then create a Windows shortcut to start the executable."
How do I introduce these style of programs to Wine, since they have no installer?
PS: Please don't point me to Linux native versions of the games I have mentioned. This is a general question about older Windows programs, which do not have to be games at all.