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 How to get 32-bit MS-Office 2007 to work properly under Wine on 64-bit Linux

On a 64-bit system it's tricky getting MS-Office 2007, which is 32-bit, to work under Wine. Here is what I did.

Basically I created a separate 32-bit wineprefix for MS-Office. (It's best to have a separate wineprefix for each software package so you can easily uninstall packages. Run 'winetricks' and install a couple of packages if you want to see how that works.)

(Note: I am running Linux Mint 15 Olivia, Cinnamon edition. YMMV.)

1. Create and configure the default (64-bit) wineprefix, in .wine. This can be done in any of the following ways:

  • run winecfg
  • run winetricks --gui
  • Menu -> Wine -> Configure Wine

2. Create a separate wineprefix for MS-Office, in wineoffice, and install MS-Office into it. This is done by setting environment variables, so I opened a new Terminal and:

export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/wineoffice
winecfg                   # creates and configures the new wineprefix
cd /media/jackson/OFFICE12 # the Office CD, previously inserted
wine ./setup.exe

When the 'Install / Customise' screet appears, choose 'Customise' and in the top 'drawer' (Microsoft Office), choose 'Run all from my computer' to make it install *everything*.


Under 'Libraries' select 'riched20' and set it to 'Native (Windows). This makes all the apps in this wineprefix use the 'riched20' library that has been installed by MS-Office instead of the default wine version. If you don't do this, Powerpoint and some other things do not work.

3. There should now be lots of MS-Office apps in Menu -> Wine.

  1. Make sure you're connected to the Internet.
  2. Run Menu -> WIne -> Microsoft Word and follow the prompts to:
    1. Activate over the Internet
    2. Tell it you don't want to run Microsoft Update.

4. Go to and get the downloads for MS-Office 2007 Service Pack 3. Open a new Terminal and:

export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/wineoffice
cd Downloads #or wherever you put the service pack file)
wine ./office2007sp3-kb2526086-fullfile-en-us.exe

Tags: wine, MS-Office, 64-bit, 32-bit, Windows, MS-Word, Microsoft, Powerpoint, XML, wineprefix, architecture
Created: 4 years ago.
Last edited: 3 years ago.
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6 months ago

very good and clear tutorial  
10 months ago

Update 2016-12-24: I have abandoned Wine and am now using VirtualBox to run a Windows virtual machine.  
3 years ago

thanks misha256. Edited.  
3 years ago

Thanks for the thanks, people.

MagicMint is correct. I vastly prefer LibreOffice, and open source software in general. However sometimes, particularly when working with client files created in MS-Word, I find it easier to use Word.
3 years ago

good tutorial  
4 years ago

Works perfect. Thanks man! :D
4 years ago

Hi, I'm trying to run Access 2003 on my Mint 12 64 bit, and doesn't work.
This is the message when I try to open or make a new mdb file :

4 years ago

Forget Microsoft Office — but some times you might need it…  
4 years ago

I vote on three point
1) linux mint related--------------------yes
2) contain---------- look good
3) orientation--------------------- ok
4 years ago

yes, @Hammer459 is correct.

but irrespective who and why use this tutorial.
It is a good tutorial.

I always encouraging them, who try to explore Linux.


4 years ago

Seems like a good tutorial.
But why go through the effort of installing Micro$oft Word when there are better available for free?

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