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: 12
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0-rc5

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

After playing with a few more options, overrides, and workarounds, I managed to get the installer to get quite a bit further.  It gets past the setup phase, and into the download/install phase, and even prompts for activation.  However, it all falls apart around then.

What does not

Installation eventually still fails.  The WINE console output spits out lots of messages about Direct3D errors.  The installer then reports "Something went wrong" and "Sorry, we ran into a problem.".  There is a window that pops up that is full of garbled pixels.  Another window pops up prompting for activation.  Another window pops up telling you that Office is being prepared, and that it should only take a few minutes.  The progress bar just cycles forever (I let it sit for a half hour).

App icons show up in Gnome, but launching Word or Excel reports errors with the installation, so it's clear the install didn't complete.


What was not tested

Completed installation, uninstall.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Getting this working involved some research and experimentation...what finally worked: 1) use 32-bit arch (WINEARCH=win32) and installer 2) Use winetricks to install msxml6 (WINEPREFIX=... winetricks msxml6)...without this, it will error out during initial setup at around 68% with an XSD parse error. 3) Use winetricks to install dotnet40 (WINEPREFIX=... winetricks dotnet40)...without this, the installer will get past initial setup, then fail at ~21% during download/install. 4) Use Windows 7 environment 5) Supposedly, using regedit (WINEPREFIX=... wine regedit) to cap Direct3D GL to v3.2 (which includes support for compatibility profiles) to workaround missing features in GL v4 (HKEY\CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D\MaxVersionGL = (DWORD) 0x30002...note, you will probably need to create the Direct3D key) is supposed to fix the D3D errors. dotnet35, dotnet45 both don't install, nor work. Also, there is an override (riched20) you may need to add AFTER installation has completed. I also used winetricks to install corefonts. It seems that installing the following Arch Linux packages got some more errors to go away and get as far as the activation prompt, but install still fails: lib32-libxslt libwbclient lib32-libxml2

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Feb 26 20172.2No Not installable GarbageMK 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
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) NEW View
39810 Office 2010/2013/2016 Pro Plus uninstallation fails NEW View
43581 Office 2013 365 installer: Something went wrong NEW View

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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.

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.
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!