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Microsoft works & Money 2002 Std. Comes with most older HP computers.

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Version: 6.0
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.33

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What works

How to run:

Install MsWorks in Windows (tested on Win2000 SP4). Be sure to create a user in Windows with the same name as your linux user and install under that...

In windows, after installing and running for the first time, open "regedit" and export the following keys to 4 separate .reg files. Name them works1.reg works2.reg works3.reg works4.reg and works5.reg:

HKCR (works installs so much crap here you may as well take it all)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Works Suite

Shut down windows and mount the windows drive under /mnt/win 

Using a text editor (SciTE), open up all 4 .reg files and change the file encoding to 8-bit . Change any occurrances of "WINNT" to "windows" and re-save them to your $HOME directory.

Copy Works and Common Files from Windows to wine:

$ cd "/mnt/win/Program Files/"
$ cp "Microsoft Works" "`winepath "c:/Program Files"`" -R
$ cp "Common Files" "`winepath "c:/Program Files"`" -R

Copy some .DLL files from Windows to wine:

$ cd /mnt/win/windows/system32
$ cp lfcmp11n.dll lfpng11n.dll ltdis11n.dll ltwvc11n.dll ltfil11n.dll ltimg11n.dll ltkrn11n.dll msls2.dll msvcp50.dll msvcp60.dll "`winepath c:/windows/system32`"

Important: Use whatever utility you prefer to make all filenames just copied lower-case.

On linux, import the 4 registry files you saved earlier:

$ regedit  works1.reg
$ regedit  works2.reg
$ regedit  works3.reg
$ regedit  works4.reg
$ regedit  works5.reg

Start works

$ setarch i386 -X ./wkswp.exe

What does not

Changing font options

Word art (TODO: There are a bunch of things like this we didn't copy from registry!)

Some inserted picture types (we didn't copy all the filters).

Because the install is not complete, you will encounter an error and crash msworks. A more thorough test would be to export the entire registry prior to installing and then export another copy after installing, then diff the results. Also I should have rolled back the clock a couple days before installing windows, and then rolled it forward to today, so I could use tar to create an archive of all files changed after a certain date (a complete tar.gz install of works, in a handy archive). I will leave that as an exercise, due to obvious licensing issues.


What was not tested

Nothing was tested beyond getting the window to show, typing some text, inserting a picture and looking at the About box.

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Additional Comments

A more thorough install is left as an exercise for those with plenty of free time.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 31 20141.7.33No Not installable NoGarbageJeff D. Hanson 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 30 20091.1.35N/A Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 01 20081.1.7No Not installable NoGarbagean anonymous user 
CurrentFedora Core 6 x86_64Dec 17 20060.9.27.No Yes NoSilverHenry Kroll 
ShowFedora Core 6 x86_64Dec 05 20060.9.26.No No NoGarbageHenry Kroll 

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