Microsoft Office (installer only)

This entry is just for testing the installer of Microsoft Office 2003 office suite.

Note that Office 2003 was distributed in 6 different versions:

  • Basic (OEM only)
  • Home & Student
  • Standard
  • Small Business
  • Professional
  • Professional Enterprise (volume license only)
When reporting test results, please follow the Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports below (scroll down to notes section).

For information on the individual Microsoft Office 2003 Programs see the relevant wine apps entry.
Application Name Description
Excel Number crunching for the masses...
Access Design your own relational database.
Word The largest and most well-known word processing software currently available.
Powerpoint Create slideshows with animation and sound.
FrontPage WYSIWYG HTML Editor from Microsoft.
Microsoft Outlook Email, Calendar, Contact Manager, and more.

Application Details:

Version: 2003
License: Retail
Votes: 5
Rating: Silver
Wine Version: 1.9.1

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Standard installation, installing SP3, uninstallation.

What does not

Add/Remove Features.

What was not tested

Custom installation. installing FileFormatConverters.exe.

Additional Comments

Tested using default wineprefix.
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 11 20161.9.1 Yes Yes SilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1 x86_64Jan 03 20161.9.0 Yes Yes SilverRosanne 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 18 20151.8-rc4 Yes Yes SilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 11 20151.7.55 Yes Yes SilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1 x86_64Jan 31 20151.7.35 Yes Yes SilverRosanne 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10354 Microsoft Office 2003 installer doesn't display 'delete installation files' option on completion (office installer cache defaults to drive z:) NEW View
31942 Office Professional 2003 Installer Crashes Almost Immediately NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Known Regressions

 (Updated 2015-01-31)

The Wine versions below are known to have regressions that affect Office 2003. Do not try to install in them:

  • 1.3.13—current: some versions of the installer have been reported to crash immediately (bugs  26358, 31942). It is not clear what versions might be affected. See the note below for the workaround.
  • 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
  • ­
  • 1.3.2­­
  • 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)


If you are using a version of Wine older than 1.8, upgrade to either the current stable or development release.

Make sure you have all dependencies of Wine installed, including winbind.

If you have 64 bit Wine instal­led, you must create a 32 bit wineprefix for Office 2003 using the WINEARCH=win32 environment variable.

No overrides are required to in­stall Office 2003 Pro.  Install as you would in Windows: insert the cd and run the installer. If the .exe installer crashes (bug 31942), install using the .msi file which should be located in the same directory as setuppro.exe. The name of this file seems to vary by version; files reported to work include pro11.msi and STD11.msi. 

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
  1. Test in a clean wineprefix with plain Wine.
  2. Specify exactly which edition of Office 2003 you tested (Standard, Pro, etc.) This is crucial--bugs that affect one edition may not affect others.
  3. Specify exactly what type of install you tested (Typical, Custom, Minimal, etc.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.