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

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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 Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5264 Equation editor in Microsoft Office 97/2000/2003/2007 doesn't work CLOSED FIXED View
7156 Multiple apps need wingdings.ttf NEW View
7424 Word files reported as Read-Only on ntfs-3g CLOSED INVALID View
7544 ReplaceFileW not implemented CLOSED FIXED View
8795 Excel 2003 on AMD64: Visual Basic not working CLOSED INVALID View
9023 MS Office 2003 claims "not installed for this user" CLOSED FIXED View
9943 cannot activate Microsoft Office 2003 over the internet CLOSED FIXED View
9944 Cannot active Microsoft Office 2003 Over the telephone CLOSED FIXED View
10357 cannot save files in Microsoft Word 2003 CLOSED FIXED View
11347 Microsoft Word 2000 - some fonts are always bold CLOSED FIXED View
11790 Word 2003 crashes when trying to print CLOSED FIXED View
12209 Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Office 2007 File Formats does not work for PowerPoint or Excel 2003 NEW View
12618 Word 2003 Bullets look weird CLOSED DUPLICATE View
12928 Microsoft Office 2003 won't install in Wine 0.9.61 CLOSED FIXED View
13139 Office 2003 install aborts in RC1 CLOSED FIXED View
13525 Word 2003: Copy/Paste Textbox converts to picture CLOSED FIXED View
13689 Word 2003: Last opened files appear incorrectly in File menu CLOSED FIXED View
13737 Word 2003 crashes on opening specific file CLOSED FIXED View
13891 start.exe http://someurl/ does not work (affects any app that invokes external browser, e.g. Google Sketchup) CLOSED FIXED View
14041 Word 2003 shuts down when using thesaurus CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14127 Microsoft Office 2003 - mouse scroll and combo boxes behavior NEW View
14439 Office 2003 Pro install aborts in 1.1.1 with MS error code 1627 CLOSED FIXED View
14620 Word 2003 "insufficient memory to display graphic" CLOSED ABANDONED View
14952 Microsoft Word 2003 hangs while instaling a new feature CLOSED FIXED View
14964 Missing symbols in Microsoft Word (symbol.ttf is required) CLOSED FIXED 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
16000 Office Word 2003 crash upon startup CLOSED ABANDONED View
16036 MS Office 2003 crashes installing Equation Editor 3.0 CLOSED ABANDONED View
16121 Word 2003/2007 Bold Face Type Bug CLOSED FIXED View
17271 Office 2003/2007 help does not work CLOSED FIXED View
17450 No icons for printers in PowerPoint & Word 2003 dialog NEW View
20369 Word 2003 crashed when inserting a user from in visual basic editor CLOSED DUPLICATE View
20391 Word 2003 background of tab stops is wrong color CLOSED FIXED View
21071 Word 2000 & 2003 cannot open or save any files CLOSED FIXED View
21124 Text cursor and some of mouse cursors are not solid in Word 2003 CLOSED FIXED View
21379 File open dialog is extremely slow CLOSED FIXED View
21413 Cannot type language specific letters in MS Word CLOSED FIXED View
21604 Office 2003: can no longer insert picture from file without manually setting override for gdiplus CLOSED FIXED 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
26178 MS Word 2003 save document with embedded fonts needs t2embed.dll._TTEmbedFont@44 implemented CLOSED FIXED View
26981 Word 2003 - very sluggish CLOSED FIXED View
27642 ms word 2003 has indic shaping issues with few characters CLOSED ABANDONED View
27777 Office 2003 apps fail to print graphics with builtin gdiplus CLOSED FIXED View
28494 Purple areas in MS Word 2003's horizontal ruler CLOSED FIXED View
28993 Wrong equation rendering in MS Word 2007 CLOSED ABANDONED View
29255 Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 & 2010 applications do not print OTF NEW View
29407 Word 2003/2007/2010: lines in Equation Editor 3.0 objects are abnormally heavy CLOSED FIXED View
32697 Word 2003 crashes on formula edit CLOSED FIXED View
33756 Word 2003: Formula symbols get outside formula frame CLOSED FIXED 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