Microsoft Word

Word processing component of Office 2003.

Application Details:

Version: 2003
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.17

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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 (as part of Office 2003)
  • Document creation and editing
  • Opening files from file explorer

What does not

When opening most .doc documents (regardless of their complexity), the application freezes, reports a critical error and closes:

The program WINWORD.EXE has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
This can be caused by a problem in the program or a deficiency in Wine [...]

Crash report details (truncated):

Unhandled exception: page fault on read access to 0x0000007c in 32-bit code (0x7b038b4d).
Register dump:
 CS:0023 SS:002b DS:002b ES:002b FS:0063 GS:006b
 EIP:7b038b4d ESP:0388f5f0 EBP:0388f848 EFLAGS:00010206(  R- --  I   - -P- )
 EAX:00000000 EBX:30f583d4 ECX:00000132 EDX:00000c1a
 ESI:00000002 EDI:7b60b254
Stack dump:
0x0388f5f0:  0388f642 00000002 0388f6f8 7b02c766
0x0388f600:  3162da98 0388f644 00000004 00000000
0x0388f610:  00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
0x0388f620:  00000000 00000000 00000002 0068cf4c
0x0388f630:  02c124bc 00000000 00000000 00000000
0x0388f640:  00480048 0000003a 003a006d 00730073
=>0 0x7b038b4d in kernelbase (+0x38b4d) (0x0388f848)
  1 0x7b038f15 in kernelbase (+0x38f15) (0x0388f888)
  2 0x30f58502 in mso (+0x2c8502) (0x30f583d4)
  3 0x00000080 (0xbf575653)
0x7b038b4d kernelbase+0x38b4d: movl    0x7c(%eax),%eax
Module    Address            Debug info    Name (48 modules)
PE    01d50000-0266e000    Deferred        shell32
PE    03640000-03682000    Deferred        oleacc
process  tid      prio    name (all IDs are in hex)
00000020 (D) C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE
    00000024    0     
    0000010c    0     
    00000124   -2     
    00000128   -1 <== 
    00000140    0     
System information:
    Wine build: wine-7.17
    Platform: i386 (WOW64)
    Version: Windows 7
    Host system: Linux
    Host version: 5.19.8-1-default

Affected documents open regularly in LibreOffice and older Wine wersions (? 6.x).


This problem can be mitigated by downgrading Wine version - tested Wine 6.0.

I suspect that the issue stems from new PE format for modules introduced in Wine 7.0.

What was not tested

Most of miscellaneous functionality like 3D font effects.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentFedora 36 x86_64Sep 28 20227.17Yes Yes YesBronzeFilogo Bantulli 
ShowZorin OS 16Dec 04 20216.0.2Yes Yes NoPlatinumGMP79 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 06 20216.0.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumGMP79 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 08 20172.16-stagingYes Yes NoBronzeVlad 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 24 20161.9.19Yes Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7156 Multiple apps need wingdings.ttf NEW View
12209 Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Office 2007 File Formats does not work for PowerPoint or Excel 2003 NEW View
14127 Microsoft Office 2003 - mouse scroll and combo boxes behavior NEW View
14966 Cannot insert clip art in MS Word/Publisher in Office XP/2003 NEW View
15241 Microsoft Office 2007: Cannot updated IME dictionary NEW View
17450 No icons for printers in PowerPoint & Word 2003 dialog NEW View
24289 Office Word 2007 : Drag from native apps, drop to word doesn't work NEW View
25460 Word/Excel 2003: File->Properties dialog TAB key inserts extra tab symbol instead of just skipping to next text box NEW View
29255 Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 & 2010 applications do not print OTF NEW View
41237 Repeatable unhandled exception in Word 2003 UNCONFIRMED View
52209 Word 2003 crashes when installing Equation Editor component NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


(Updated 2011-08-31)

Thesaurus: To get the thesaurus to work, set riched20.dll to (native) in winecfg, Note that you do not have to copy the dll from a Windows partition or use winetricks to install it. Office 2003 installs its own version of richedit in a private directory, but Wine will not use it unless you set the override. Do not set the override globally unless Office is installed in a separate wineprefix.

Bullets: All but two of the default bullets are from the Wingdings font.  If you want them to look the same as on Windows, install that font. 

gdiplus: starting with ­1.1.38, set to native, builtin. This override is not needed for earlier versions, as prior to 1.1.38 the default behavior was to favor gdiplus that was installed ­by the app itself.Do not set the override globally unless Office is installed in a separate wineprefix.  If using native gdiplus causes Word 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.

Known Regressions

(updated 2014-02-12)

1.5.15--1.5.25: equation editor does not work

1.1.35: files cannot be saved. Fixed in 1.1.36