Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is interactive language learning software that teaches a new language by immersion, rather than translation and memorization drills. A completely immersive environment. As a child, you learned to speak instinctively by experiencing the world around you. Our solution recreates this experience through a fully immersive environment right on your computer. No translation or memorization. We’ve eliminated the traditional approach of using translation and grammar rules, empowering you to think in your new language. There are no flash cards, dictionaries or memorization drills. A carefully designed sequence of activities. By surrounding you with words, images and the voices of native speakers, our method lets you progress naturally from words and phrases to sentences and conversations.

Application Details:

Version: 3.4.x
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.3

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

- Installation
- Running
- Adding & removing users
- Setting preferences
- Adding new language levels from a mounted iso
- Completing lessons: playing sounds, clicking buttons, speech recognition

What does not

-Fullscreen display (However, maximising the window will stretch everything properly)


What was not tested

- Updating the program
- Rosetta Stone Homeschool

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

I run this with the Windows version set to Windows 2000. I haven't tried any other settings. Nothing else was changed in winecfg. All builtin libraries.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch LinuxApr 02 20172.3Yes Yes PlatinumMatt Keefo 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 11 20161.9.18Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64May 01 20161.8.2Yes Yes GoldManuel 
ShowopenSUSE Leap 42.1 x86_64May 01 20161.8.2Yes Yes GoldManuel 
ShowLinux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64Aug 01 20141.7.22Yes Yes GoldAleksandar 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Installation on Fedora 16, Wine 1.5.2

With 64-bit wine everything worked out of the box. After I had issues installing other software, I installed 32-bit wine (i686). Running old prefix, created with 64-bit version, did not work so I set up a new one.


  • 32-bit wine (i686)
  • q4wine


  • set wineprefix to desired location
  • set winearch to win32
  • Create a new prefix by running winecfg.
  • Set version to Windows 7.
  • Set up the prefix in q4wine with all the default settings.
  • From q4wine run uninstaller and install Rosetta Stone.
  • mount language cdrom in Linux
  • set up / check Fake Drive in q4wine to have the cdrom mapped as a drive. If you need to set up the drive, quit Rosetta Stone first.
  • install languages
Installation on Fedora 17 x86_64, wine 1.5.3 (i686)
Install wine.i686 packages. I had issues running programs under Wine with the default nuoveau drivers. Then I installed nvidia drivers as per this forum thread and now the app runs.

Prior to this it was throwing the following error when running:

p11-kit: couldn't load module: /usr/lib/pkcs11/ /usr/lib/pkcs11/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
fixme:toolhelp:CreateToolhelp32Snapshot Unimplemented: heap list snapshot
fixme:toolhelp:Heap32ListFirst : stub
err:ole:CoGetClassObject class {96749377-3391-11d2-9ee3-00c04f797396} not registered
err:ole:CoGetClassObject class {96749377-3391-11d2-9ee3-00c04f797396} not registered
err:ole:create_server class {96749377-3391-11d2-9ee3-00c04f797396} not registered
fixme:ole:CoGetClassObject CLSCTX_REMOTE_SERVER not supported
err:ole:CoGetClassObject no class object {96749377-3391-11d2-9ee3-00c04f797396} could be created for context 0x17
err:winediag:X11DRV_WineGL_InitOpenglInfo Direct rendering is disabled, most likely your OpenGL drivers haven't been installed correctly (using GL renderer "Gallium 0.4 on NVCE", version "1.4 (2.1 Mesa 8.0.2)").
wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x7c7d8000 at address 0xf7565ccb (thread 0009), starting debugger...


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wine 1.8.6 still requires ALSA sound hack for microphone detection
by Mike Kienenberger on Monday August 14th 2017, 18:39
OpenSUSE 13.2.
Wine 1.8.6
Rosetta Stone 3.4.3.

Microphone not detected until "winetricks sound=alsa" used.
RE: wine 1.8.6 still requires ALSA sound hack for microphone detection
by Jhackler on Monday August 14th 2017, 19:14
on both my systems it works with pulse audio set as long as monitor channel for input is turned on and the volume is in correct range. It is picky but work. I will test on suse with your version of wine and newer and see what I can find.
Help a newbie
by Robert Munro on Wednesday July 20th 2016, 9:15

I am new to wine. I am trying to run Rosetta Stone. But it will not open, with the message that this may be caused by a problem in the program or by a deficiency in Wine.

I am running OSX El Captain 10.11.6.

From the guidance on this page it seems I have to get winearch to run in 32 bit, but I am unsure as to how to do this on a mac, as the advice seems to be for other OS.

Any help appreciated.
Pulseaudio kills the fun
by Aleksandar on Monday February 2nd 2015, 3:19
I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 now.
In order for everything to work well I had to install alsa drivers.
Also, I have done the following:

winetricks -> select the default prefix -> change setting -> check "sound = alsa".

How to create the shortcut?

Create new .desktop file and paste the following inside it:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Rosetta Stone Version 3
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/USER/.wine" WINENOPULSE=1 wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/USER/.wine/dosdevices/c:/users/USER/Start\\ Menu/Programs/Rosetta\\ Stone/Rosetta\\ Stone\\ Version\\ 3/Rosetta\\ Stone\\ Version\\ 3.lnk
Path=/home/USER/.wine/dosdevices/c:/Program Files/Rosetta Stone/Rosetta Stone Version 3/

Instead of "USER" type your username!
Error 1117: speech component failed
by Jan on Monday October 27th 2014, 6:37
RS used to run fine. But then I messed around with VS2010Express on the same prefix and after that RS showed the error 1117. So I made a new prefix only for RS, but it did not help. This error should be related to the hosts file "C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts". There was none, but updating it did not solve anything. I think the problem is that RS doesn't recognize a mic. But I followed all of the instructions and well it used to work before. I know this is tested on Wine 1.5. I would install wine-1.5 for RS only, but then I would have to block updates and would possibly not be able to run other WinPrograms on the downgraded version. Is running RS on wine-1.5 really the only way? I did neither have 1.5, when it was still running fine!
No Mic solution on Mint 13 Maya (Ubuntu 12.04)
by Visi on Saturday October 6th 2012, 16:56
I had the famous "No Mic" issue on my laptop. I have tried first with Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS and later with Linux Mint 13 Maya. Both had "No Mic" issue with default wine (1.4) install and configurations.

Solution came with the following settings:
-Install latest Wine 1.5.14
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.5
-Disable winepulse.drv (aka: PulseAudio) - following this link -- 2nd question answer:
"A1: Go to winecfg, in the tab 'libraries', enter 'winepulse.drv' in the box and click on add, click yes on the warning. Select winepulse.drv and change load order to 'disabled'. Now try to trigger your bug again, if it was a winepulse bug it shouldn't trigger any more. To undo the change: select 'winepulse.drv' and click 'delete'.
A2 (easier and preferred): From 1.5.3 onward, launch your program with WINENOPULSE=1 wine program.exe to temporarily disable winepulse for that program." - both tested and working

After these above if I have tried to run again the RS 3.4.7 it did recognized some Mic devices.
RE: No Mic solution on Mint 13 Maya (Ubuntu 12.04)
by eX00r on Saturday June 22nd 2013, 7:27
Disabling winepulse.drv worked for me, after using a wineprefix which i had configured to work with nuance dragon. It didn't work before in a new prefix.

In the prefix i now use i had installed via winetricks:
- iexplorer
- itircl
- itss
- jscript
- msctf
- mshtml
- shdoclc
- shdocvw
- shlwapi
- updspapo
- urlmon
- xmllite
RE: No Mic solution on Mint 13 Maya (Ubuntu 12.04)
by Jon on Monday January 20th 2014, 19:27
You're awesome. This worked for me. I was doing the 2nd step with Wine 1.4. Upgraded today to 1.6 and now it recognizes all of my microphones. Hours later. Geeeeeezzzzz.

Mint 15 64-bit
Dell Studio XPS
Stock Rosetta Stone Microphone
RE: No Mic solution on Mint 13 Maya (Ubuntu 12.04)
by Alec O'Farrell on Monday January 20th 2014, 19:39
There is a strange bug in older versions of wine that prevents Rosetta Stone from detecting microphones, and especially USB headsets. An upgrade to wine version 1.5 or newer seems to always fix this issue.
Pulseaudio, kill it.
by Kristian Robertsen on Friday May 4th 2012, 8:48
Works flawlessly in Wine 1.5, but with Pulseaudio running the audio gets garbled.
(I run Ubuntu 12.04 and wine 1.5)

Forcing ALSA in winetricks doesn't help me, so I have to kill pulseaudio ('killall pulseaudio') before laucnhing RS.

For anyone who might have the same issue.
No Mic 1.3.32
by Devadv on Wednesday November 23rd 2011, 15:06
-Intel dq45cb motherboard with front mic hookup, standard audio cable.
-Mic works in everything but wine.
-Linux Mint 11 Katya.
RE: No mic
by Celtic Hacker on Sunday November 13th 2011, 12:12
Chen does the mic get detected in other applications?
I found that not all headsets seem to work in any given distro of Linux. I have a Logitech Clear Chat (0xa0c), which works in both Linux Mint and Mepis. But in order to get the microphone to work in Rosetta Stone in Mint it had to be set up every time I entered a lesson from the main screen. I don't think it automatically detected it ever, but it was possible to set it up.
re: not installable
by Celtic Hacker on Sunday November 13th 2011, 12:03
I know in version 3.4.5 in order to install the program the msXML4 was necessary. This can be done by running "sh winetricks msxml4". That may also solve the problem with the report here about not installable.