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Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 (Release Date: March 17, 1999)

Application Details:

Version: 97/2000 32 bit version
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.19

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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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

Installation, viewing (DOC, RTF, TXT), printing (cups-pdf), various view modes.

What does not

The installer, setup.exe, doesn't exit due to what appears to be a deadlock between two threads:

…err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection … "loader.c: loader_section" wait timed out in thread #, blocked by #, retrying (60 sec)
…err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection … "syslevel.c: Win16Mutex" wait timed out in thread #, blocked by #, retrying (60 sec)

This repeats endlessly.  Terminating "winevdm.exe …\Temp\MSE000\setup.exe" doesn't appear to negatively affect the installation.


What was not tested

Not all display options tested.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

App version

Encountered only a single crash from loading a specific RTF file but the same occurs in WinXP.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 07 20183.19Yes Yes NoSilverJeff D. Hanson 
ShowFedora 9Jul 15 20091.1.25Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Jan 26 20080.9.53.Yes Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 22 20070.9.30.Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Jan 09 20070.9.28.No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
46113 Microsoft Word Viewer 97 setup doesn't exit UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

­Do you get an error "There is not enough memory or disk space to run Word Viewer." ?
If so, then this probably means that it can't load a locale DLL:
It tries to load MSV7ENU.DLL, since it assumes English locale.
I guess you've got a different viewer version,­ so you should
accordingly before starting wine, e.g. de_DE, en_US, fr_FR, da_DK and so on (as can be found at e.g. /etc/locale.gen)
Hang on installation?

Installation only seems to hang!

During install the setup seems to hang when "searching for installed components"
Just get yourself a coffee and let it alone. Setup will continue.