Microsoft Office (installer only)

Retail release January 29, 2013

This entry is just for testing the installer of Microsoft Office 2013 (aka Office 15) office suite.

Reports on specific programs included in Office 2013 should be submitted to their respective AppDB entries.

Office 2013 is available in 5 editions:

  • Home & Student (Retail, OEM)
  • Standard (Volume)
  • Home & Business (Retail, OEM)
  • Professional (Retail, OEM)
  • Professional Plus (Volume)
When reporting test results, please follow the Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports below (scroll down to notes section).

Application Details:

Version: 2013 (32 bit)
License: Retail
Votes: 10
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.21

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

Canceling Installation
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Pretty much everything

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Additional Comments

I have an amd gpu (mullins) but the installer didn't work for mesa drivers, it just crashes. Installing a proprietary driver or fglrx then re-running the installer again works without any fuss. Because the installer needs higher opengl version than of mesa, maybe? Although sometimes, it may hang forever after the window shows up saying that its loading and neither the hard disk show any sign of activities while idle. The solution, remove all windows fonts you may have, both in the system (/usr/share) and your user fonts. I imported some fonts from a windows installation and had to remove them for the setup to continue. Then, put them back again after a successful installation. I used wine staging, but the regular wine should work. For safety, I installed winbind and both wine-gecko and wine-mono for all prefixes. I tried this with a used wineprefix and a clean wineprefix. Fortunately all installed successfully. I haven't tried the web installer since I used a dvd image.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye"Nov 17 20227.21Yes Yes YesSilverAlois Schlögl 
ShowLinux Mint 20.1Jun 17 20216.0.1No Not installable NoGarbageMetalinux 
ShowPop!_OS 20.04 LTSMay 09 20205.7Yes Yes YesSilverRodrigo Vega Moreno 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Nov 03 20194.19Yes Yes YesGoldnomadmz 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster"Jul 14 20194.12.1-stagingNo, but has workaround No YesGarbageboskar 
ShowFedora 29 x86_64Feb 03 20194.0No Not installable NoGarbageClément Duveau 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Oct 29 20183.19Yes Yes YesGoldJonathan 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 14 20183.17Yes Yes YesGoldMK 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 10 20183.13Yes Yes NoSilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jul 27 20183.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldRmaear Done 
ShowFedora 27 x86_64Apr 01 20183.4Yes Yes NoSilverXU Guang-zhao 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20183.0-rc5Yes Yes NoSilverYossi Synett 
ShowManjaro LinuxJan 08 20183.0-rc5Yes Yes NoSilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowManjaro LinuxJan 04 20183.0-rc4No Not installable NoGarbageIsira Seneviratne 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 24 20172.15Yes Yes YesGoldJason Cone 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 26 20172.2No Not installable NoGarbageMK 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 26 20172.2No Not installable NoGarbageMK 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 24 20172.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumTormen 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 08 20172.1No Not installable NoGarbageAurélien 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 11 20161.9.14Yes Yes NoSilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 01 20161.9.13Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 30 20161.9.13Yes Yes NoSilverIsira Seneviratne 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 12 20161.9.9Yes Yes NoGoldGP 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Jan 26 20161.9.2No Not installable NoGarbageAlois Schlögl 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64Dec 29 20151.9.0Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 15.10 "Wily" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 29 20151.9.0No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 
CurrentArch LinuxDec 10 20151.8-rc3-stagingYes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionAug 22 20151.7.50No Not installable NoGarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowFedora 22 x86Nov 01 20151.7.49Yes Yes NoPlatinumDeathTBO 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionAug 20 20151.7.49No Not installable NoGarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 14 20151.7.47No Not installable NoGarbagevorpalblade 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionJun 14 20151.7.45No Not installable NoGarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionJun 06 20151.7.44No Not installable NoGarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 25 20151.7.35No Not installable NoGarbageMark Carbonaro 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 19 20141.7.18Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 05 20141.7.16No Not installable NoGarbagePaul 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 03 20131.6No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 15 "Olivia"Aug 29 20131.6No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowFedora 18 x86May 01 20131.5.27No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 29 20131.5.22No Not installable NoGarbagevorpalblade 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 21 20121.5.17No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 14 20121.5.10No Not installable NoGarbagezubozrout 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 17 20121.5.8No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
31349 Office 365 (Office 2013) web installer aborts early (needs support for string alias for common RID in sid strings) CLOSED FIXED View
31468 Office 2013 installer crashes with a "serious problem" error CLOSED DUPLICATE View
31487 Multiple applications and installers crash on unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.InitOnceExecuteOnce (MS Office 2013, Windows Live Essentials 2012, .NET Framework 4.5, Skydrive, Adobe Lightroom, WinRT/ARM Applications) CLOSED FIXED View
34869 Microsoft Office 2013 full offline installer crashes on startup (TEB access with NULL TLS array pointer, failure to handle case where only late-bound modules have TLS directory) CLOSED FIXED View
35342 Office 2013 full offline install setup crash at startup CLOSED FIXED View
36092 Microsoft Office 2013 (15.0) and OneNote web installer crashes on unimplemented function IPHLPAPI.DLL.CreateSortedAddressPairs CLOSED FIXED View
38648 Multiple games and applications need support for Mesa OpenGL >= 3.2 core profiles, Shader Model 4, GLSL 1.50 (Microsoft Office 2013 installer, .NET/XNA games) CLOSED FIXED View
39810 Office 2007/2010/2013/2016 uninstallation fails NEW View
43581 Microsoft Office 365 edition of Office 2013 installer fails with 'cache_entry_from_xsd_doc failed to parse doc' (non-standard '\u####' sequence) CLOSED FIXED View
43783 Office2013 activation crashes when using HTTP proxy UNCONFIRMED View
44036 Multiple installers fail (affects MS Office 2010/2013, Notation Composer 3) CLOSED FIXED View
45284 Multiple Microsoft Office installers crash with Windows 8+ setting due to missing 'user32.RegisterPointerDeviceNotifications' stub (Office 2013) CLOSED FIXED View

Show open bugs

HowTo / Notes

Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports


  1. Test in a clean wineprefix, using plain Wine. 
  2. Specify exactly which edition of Office 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.
  6. Test reports that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.

Known regressions


There are known regressions affecting the Office 2013 installer in the versions of Wine listed below. Do not attempt to install in them.

2.18--3.0-rc4 (bug 44036)


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Updating Office 2013 - Security and performance fixes
by nomadmz on Saturday April 11th 2020, 19:20
There could be some strategies to keep Office 2013 update:

1. To clone a current office 2013 update scheme in Windows OS and transfer it to the Wine instalation
2. Use an automated software to identify which updates are required in the current Wine instalation and deploy it under Linux

For these two options the outcome is the same: you will have to re-install office 2013 in order to get it full patched, the only difference is the source of these update files.

For the first case (1. To clone a current office update database):

The Office installer has an option to install any .msp file stored in /update folder under the installation path.

You can clone a current office 2013 updates database following the directions here: and place the files in the /updates folder, so then, you install office using: WINEPREFIX=~/.wine/Office2013 WINEARCH=win32 wine ~/office/setup.exe

And setup.exe will detect any .msp file in the /update folder and will apply them.

Pros: you will have a full updated office using files directly from Microsoft.

Second option (use an automated software)
I've tested wsusoffline, it has two executables: UpdateGenerator.exe and UpdateInstaller.exe (in "client" folder).

With the first one you can scan your current office installation and check for the missing updates: WINEPREFIX=~/.wine/Office2013 WINEARCH=win32 wine ~/wsusoffline/UpdateGenerator.exe

Then, you will have all the .cab files stored in the client/wsus/ folder. Now, you have to run UpdateInstaller.exe (at this point it failed, I couldn't get it running fine).

The option here is to convert all the .cab files to .msp files, so you can copy them to the /setup folder under the office 2013 install folder, and run setup.exe as instructed in option 1 (clone an existing full patched office installation).

Pros: You can update your office without access to a Windows running machine
Cons: You rely on a third party to get security software and fixes.

Overall cons: With any of these strategies you still have to reinstall your Office from time to time.
by nomadmz on Saturday April 11th 2020, 15:35
Hi, check if your wineprefix is 32bits: if your Linux is 64bits, Wine will make 64bits wineprefix by default too, so, check that you've created a 32bits wineprefix by this way:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine/Office2013 WINEARCH=win32 winecfg
RE: msiexec.exe
by nomadmz on Saturday April 11th 2020, 19:24
Please delete: repeated post
Further info:
by Peter on Wednesday April 1st 2020, 10:06
I am installing MS Office 2013 Professional Plus and on a clean Wine installation.
msiexec.exe error
by Peter on Wednesday April 1st 2020, 10:05
Hi, I am having trouble installing 32-bit MS Office 2013 in my Arch Linux PC. The installation does fine until it finds an msiexec.exe error, which terminates it. Any clue why that happens?
RE: msiexec.exe error
by nomadmz on Saturday April 11th 2020, 19:22
Hi, check if your wineprefix is 32bits: if your Linux is 64bits, Wine will make 64bits wineprefix by default too, so, check that you've created a 32bits wineprefix by this way:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine/Office2013 WINEARCH=win32 winecfg
RE: msiexec.exe error
by Henrique de Sousa on Saturday January 30th 2021, 12:08
I'm also having the same issue, mid installation crashes with msiexec.exe error. Wine-staging-6.0, Linux Mint 20.0 (Ubuntu 20.04 based). 32 bit prefix, msxml6
Solution for custom installation -> drop down menu
by braytac on Sunday October 7th 2018, 12:48
You will not see anything in selecting, but finally the status is changed (by example: if option is not install -> you will see the "X" )

1)- Left click
2)- If major item is selected for [ install sub-items complety OR partialy ]
-> Press up arrow once for not install any (X)
If major item is selected for [ not install any (X) ]
-> Press down arrow once for install ALL
3)- Press Enter

Similar for subitems:

If subitem marked for not install (X) -> change to install: left click->Enter
If subitem marked for install -> change to not install: left click->arrow Up -> Enter
Where is the HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\ entry?
by Benjamin D. on Saturday October 7th 2017, 8:14
I just managed to install office 2013 with the help of this entry! Thanks a lot!
But when i run Word I also entcounter the black window problem. I searched out fot the HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\ reg entry but i couldn't even find the Direct3D entry anywhere. Am I missing something?

Besides: I used playonlinux to install office 2013 but before i did the installation auf the setup.exe i installed msxml4 followed by msxml6. This did the job for installation....

Thanks anyway cool job!

Best Benjamin.
RE: Where is the HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\ entry?
by Rosanne on Saturday October 7th 2017, 8:27
RE: Where is the HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\ entry?
by Benjamin D. on Saturday October 7th 2017, 9:40
Damn it works! Great! Thanks and sorry for the newbie stuff ;) But I am not an expert on wine!

Best Benjamin.
RE: Where is the HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\ entry?
by nomadmz on Sunday November 3rd 2019, 16:11
You should create this folder in the registry. You won't find it!!
Really strange problem: With msxml6 installed, no product key works anymore!
by Tormen on Friday March 24th 2017, 13:39

It seems really bizzarre, but I tried it several times:

With the trial version (both German (de-de) and English (en-us)) downloaded from
And mount the img file OfficeProfessionalPlus_x86_en-us.img to /mnt/iso.

When I create a fresh WINEPREFIX, set it to win7 and then install winetricks msxml6 and then run the setup, like so:

mkdir -p /virt/wines/ms.office2013
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ winetricks settings win7
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ winetricks msxml6
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ wine /mnt/iso/setup.exe

The behaviour of the setup changes!

It starts with first asking you to enter a product key.
And no matter what product key I entered, they all never worked (even though they should).

Without installing the msxml6, I saw a bunch of xml related messages in the output when launcching the setup, but in this case the setup right away offers to configure and install ms office!

Is that logical that with the msxml6 installed, this would then actually /break/ something ?
If helpful, I could provide debug output and/or file a bug report.

Thanks a lot in advance for any feedback!