There are no such things as "stupid" questions. However if you think your question is a bit stupid, then this is the right place for you to post it. Please stick to easy to-the-point questions that you feel people can answer fast. For long and complicated questions prefer the other forums within the support section. Before you post please read this
You can try to use WINE to "emulate" windows and use them. Check the AppDB on the Winehq.com website and search for the applications you would like to try. They will tell you a rough estimate on those that might have tried to use your applications via WINE. This methods avoids the extra resources it takes to run a Windows Virtual Machine.