Microsoft Office (installer only) 2007

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NameMicrosoft Office (installer only)
License Retail
Votes 31
Wine Version1.8.1
Maintainers of this version:

This entry is just for testing the installer of Microsoft Office 2007 (aka Office 12) office suite.

Please see the individual AppDB entries for reports on running specific programs included in Office 2007.

Office 2007 is available in 8 editions and 3 different licenses:

  • Basic (OEM only)
  • Home & Student (Retail or OEM)
  • Standard (Retail, OEM, or volume license)
  • Small Business (Retail, OEM, or volume license)
  • Professional (Retail or OEM)
  • Professional Plus (Volume license only)
  • Enterprise (Volume license only)
  • Ultimate (Retail, limited edition student license)

When reporting test results, please follow the Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports below (scroll down to notes section).

For information on the individual Microsoft Office 2007 Programs see the relevant AppDB entry.
Application Name Description
Excel Number crunching for the masses...
Access Design your own relational database.
Word The largest and most well-known word processing software currently available.
Powerpoint Create slideshows with animation and sound.
FrontPage WYSIWYG HTML Editor from Microsoft.
Microsoft Outlook Email, Calendar, Contact Manager, and more.­
­OneNote­ Note-taking­

Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works
Standard and custom installations.

What does not

What was not tested
Installing updates.

Additional Comments

Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 15 20161.9.14 Yes Yes Silver Isira Seneviratne 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64Feb 29 20161.8.1 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1 x86_64Jan 03 20161.9.0 Yes Yes Gold Rosanne 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Jan 12 20161.8 Yes Yes Gold Alois Schlögl 
ShowUbuntu 15.04 "Vivid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 04 20151.7.39 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
30785 MS Office 2007 reports msxml5 as not installed (WoW64) NEW View

A warning about outside HOWTOs

There are many howtos for installing Office 2007 floating about the internet. These howtos are rarely maintained by their authors, and because of the rapid rate of Wine development, even ones that were accurate at the time they were posted quickly become outdated.

In the case of Office 2007, many of these outside howtos call for installing a long list of winetricks that are unnecessary to install in current Wine. Some of these tweaks can, in fact, prevent Office apps from working properly. 

The only howto for installing Office 2007 that is supported here is the one on this page.

If you insist on following an outside howto, ask its author for help. If you ask for help on the forum/mailing list after following an outside howto, you will be told to reinstall in a clean wineprefix following the instructions on this page. Save everyone's time by doing that before you post a question.

Known Regressions

(Updated 2012-03-19)

The Wine versions below are known to have regressions that affect the Office 2007 installer. Do not try to install in them:

  • 1.4-rc1: SP2 & SP3 do not install correctly
  • 1.3.30
  • 1.3.21: SP2 does not install correctly
  • 1.3.16-1.3.17
  • 1.3.7­­­
  • 1.3.2
  • 1.2.0 and 1.2.1 (Ubuntu and other distro packages compiled with fortify)
  • 1.1.17 throug­h 1.1.23
  • ­
  • ­all versions prior to 1.1.3 ­(i­ncludes 1.0.1)


­­­­­(Updated 2015-1-31)

These instructions assume you are familiar with the basics of using Wine and Linux, including running apps from the command line. If you are new to Wine and/or Linux, before proceeding further please familiarize yourself with the information in the FAQ, particularly the sections on creating a 32 bit wineprefix, running an installer, and using wineprefixes.

These instructions have been tested and verified to work on the English Enterprise, Pro, and Home & Student editions of Office 2007, installing from a cd. Other editions and/or languages may have issues not encountered in these tests.

Use the most recent version of Wine known to work for Office 2007 (see list of known bad versions above). In most cases this will be the latest development release. 

Make sure all dependencies of Wine are installed on your system, including winbind. 

Install to a clean 32 bit wineprefix (no winetricks or other tweaks, no other applications installed), and make sure the Windows version in winecfg remains set to XP. Note that while the installer will appear to complete successfully in a 64 bit wineprefix, the installed applications will not be usable due to bug 30785.

If you are going to install any service packs, install them before setting the override below.

After installing:

  1. Set riched20 to native, builtin in winecfg to enable Powerpoint to start and selection boxes to display correctly. 
    • Do not use winetricks; Office installs its own riched20 to a private directory.
    • This override may be set globally if Office is installed to a separate wineprefix (recommended).
    • If other applications are installed to the wineprefix (strongly discouraged), either set the override individually for each Office application, or set riched20 to builtin individually for the non-Office applications, as non-Office applications will not be able to find the riched20 installed by Office.

  2. (Optional) If you want bullets to look the same as they do on Windows, install wingdings.ttf.  Most of the default bullet characters are from this font; if it is not installed on your system, Wine will substitute characters from a font that is installed on your system. (They will work, but will not look the same.)

Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports


  1. Test in a clean wineprefix, using plain Wine. 
  2. Specify exactly which edition of Office 2007 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.


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

by Attila Tóth on Thursday October 16th 2014, 16:54
Wine 1.7.12 is now the best core also for bibliothek/reference, but it is still bug with (english) quotes by shortcuts: ALT 0130 and ALT0145 (unexpectedly it doing also a change of styles).

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