There are many howtos for installing Office 2007
floating about the internet. These howtos are rarely maintained by their
authors, and because of the rapid rate of Wine development, even ones
that were accurate at the time they were posted quickly become outdated.
In the case of Office 2007, many of these outside
howtos call for installing a long list of winetricks that are
unnecessary to install in current Wine. Some of these tweaks can, in
fact, prevent Office apps from working properly.
The only howto for installing Office 2007 that
is supported here is the one on this page.
you insist on following an outside howto, ask its author for help. If
you ask for help on the forum/mailing list after following an outside
howto, you will be told to reinstall in a clean wineprefix following the
instructions on this page. Save everyone's time by doing that before
you post a question.
The Wine versions below are known to have regressions that affect the Office 2007 installer. Do not try to install in them:
1.4-rc1: SP2 & SP3 do not install correctly
1.3.21: SP2 does not install correctly
1.2.0 and 1.2.1 (Ubuntu and other distro packages compiled with fortify)
1.1.17 through 1.1.23
all versions prior to 1.1.3 (includes 1.0.1)
Note: these instructions have been tested and verified to work on the Enterprise, Pro, and Home & Student editions of Office 2007, installing from a cd.
Use the most recent version of Wine known to work for Office 2007 (see list of known bad versions above). In most cases this will be the latest development release.
Make sure all dependencies of Wine are installed on your system, including winbind.
Install to a clean wineprefix (no winetricks or other tweaks, no other applications installed), and make sure the Windows version in winecfg is set to XP.
Note: If you have 64 bit Wine installed, you must create a 32 bit wineprefix and install Office 2007 to it or the installed programs will not be usable.
Follow the instructions in http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ for creating a 32 bit wineprefix, running an installer, and using wineprefixes.
If you are going to install any service packs, install them before setting the override below.
Set riched20 to native, builtin in winecfg to enable
Powerpoint to start and selection boxes to display correctly.
Do not use
winetricks; Office installs its own riched20 to a private directory.
This override may
be set globally if Office is installed to a separate wineprefix
If other applications are installed to the wineprefix
(strongly discouraged), either set the override individually for each
Office application, or set riched20 to builtin individually for the
non-Office applications, as non-Office applications will not be able to
find the riched20 installed by Office.
(Optional) If you want bullets to look the same as they do on Windows, install wingdings.ttf. Most of the
default bullet characters are from this font; if it is not installed on
your system, Wine will substitute characters from a font that is
installed on your system. (They will work, but will not look the same.)
Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports
Test in a clean wineprefix, using plain Wine.
Specify exactly which edition of Office 2007 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.)
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.