The Wine versions below are known to have regressions that affect Office 2003. Do not try to install in them:
1.3.13—1.5.1: some versions of the installer have been reported to crash immediately (bug 26358). It is not clear what versions might be affected.
1.3.14 through 1.3.18: standard
install works fine (for installers not affected by bug 26358), but
advanced customization is not possible
1.3.5 through 1.3.7
1.1.39 through 1.2-rc3: while the installer works
fine in these versions, there was a regression (bug 22725) that caused
Excel to crash if data was entered in two adjacent columns. Do not use
these versions if you need Excel.
1.1.35: while the installer works fine in this
version, there was a regression (bug 21071) that prevented saving files
in Word. Do not use this version if you need Word.
1.1.17 through 1.1.23
1.1.1 and 1.1.2
1.1.2 through 1.1.9 (German and Spanish versions of Office 2003)
Many of the instructions for installing Office 2003 that can be found on various websites are badly outdated.
Current versions of Wine do not require any overrides to install Office 2003 Pro. Install as you would in Windows: insert the cd and run setup.exe.
Note: if you have 64 bit Wine installed, you must create a 32 bit wineprefix for Office 2003 using the WINEARCH=win32 environment variable.
Do not report bugs for the installer if you have used any overrides.
If you are using a version of Wine older than 1.4, you should upgrade to either the current stable or development release.
Once Office 2003 is installed, set the following overrides in winecfg:
riched20: set to native; needed for the thesaurus
gdiplus: for 1.1.38 and later, set to native, builtin. This override is not needed for earlier versions of Wine, as prior to 1.1.38 the default behavior was to favor gdiplus that was installed by the app itself.
If using native gdiplus causes Office apps to crash, the most likely
cause is nonconformant ttf fonts installed on your system. (Ubuntu in
particular is known to be afflicted.) Run winetricks fontfix to fix this.
It is not necessary to install these dlls, as Office installs its own version. These overrides should not be set globally unless Office is installed in a separate wineprefix. If other apps are installed in the same wineprefix as Office, set the overrides individually for Office apps.
The above overrides are needed for all Office 2003 applications. Check the AppDB entries for the individual Office applications for any additional, application-specific tweaks that may be needed.
Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports
Test in a clean wineprefix with plain Wine.
Specify exactly which edition of Office 2003 you tested (Standard, Pro, etc.) This is crucial--bugs that affect one edition may not affect others.
Specify exactly what type of install you tested (Typical, Custom, Minimal, etc.)
Limit your report to the installer only. Reports on the performance of individual apps should be filed under their respective AppDB entries. Problems with running any of the apps should only be mentioned if it is clear that it is due to a problem with the installer.
If you used any overrides during the install, please list them and explain exactly what problem each override was needed to solve.
Test reports that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.
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Installer crashing immediately
by Stefan Fiedler on Wednesday January 2nd 2013, 19:21
It seems that with some versions of Office 2003 the installer (usually setup.exe) crashes immediately after starting it. It is possible to work around this by running an .msi file from the Office CD/DVD. The name may vary but the file is always in the same directory as the installer. For my Office 2003 Pro version I change to the installer directory and then run this command in a console window:
wine msiexec /i pro11.msi
This starts the installer which then works as usual.