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#1 2012-03-21 15:15:51

surfatwork
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SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

I had some trouble installing Office 2007, which I finally solved. The Arch wiki on Office 2007 instructions didnt work.
Thought it would be useful to someone

1. Ensure that your system is upto-date (pacman -Syu)

Then

pacman -S wine winetricks wine_gecko libwbclient (I am not sure if libwbclient is required, but it works)
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/newwin32 winecfg
WINEARCH=win32 winecfg
winetricks msxml3
wine /media/OFFICE12/setup.exe
<enter license key>
winecfg <set riched20.dll to native windows>

If you dont enter the license key at the beginning, then
dont set riched20.dll to native windows. If you did, revert it.
start word
enter license key when prompted. else go to word options/resources/activate and enter key
go through the steps - it will look like it is installing, but it wont
exit word
set riched20.dll to native windows
restart word. it should prompt for activation. follow steps to telephone activate

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#2 2012-03-21 15:45:40

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

Have you added this to the wiki?


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#3 2012-03-21 15:55:05

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

All of it is covered here Trilby: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.p … n&iId=4992
(In the proper place)

surfatwork wrote:

The Arch wiki on Office 2007 instructions didnt work.

Probably because Arch isn't exactly the right place to look, try WineHQ's AppDB.

The article on the wiki is wildly out of date (last entry on the 25th of October 2011) and should probably be removed as it's duplicating functionality unless there's Arch specific technicalities (of which there aren't).

edit: Edited Wiki to reflect state.

Last edited by Earnestly (2012-03-21 16:06:59)

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#4 2012-03-21 16:00:29

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

@Kaustic: The instructions on the winehq page arent complete - following just those steps wont work, as I found out. For e.g. it doesnt tell you to set the default wine environment to WIN32, or to install msxml3, which I found to be very important.

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#5 2012-03-21 16:19:22

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

surfatwork wrote:

For e.g. it doesnt tell you to set the default wine environment to WIN32

Perhaps I'm reading a different page, because a note in both bold and italics clearly states this:

WineHQ HOWTO wrote:

Note: I­f you have 64 bit Wine inst­alled, you must create a 32 bit wineprefix for Office 2007 or the installed programs will not be usable.­

It didn't mention msxml3 (nor do any of the comments, or any of the recent test results including Arch Linux x86_64) as you've said. But that might be an issue on your end rather than a requirement.

PS: I'm assuming that you're using Arch x86_64

edit: Oh, by all means, update the page on the Wiki if you feel it's helpful for others, the forums aren't the right place for 'tutorials'. tongue (It was only my opinion that I simply felt it wasn't necessary.)

Last edited by Earnestly (2012-03-21 16:26:54)

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#6 2012-03-21 16:25:40

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

@Kaustic: If this how-to is upsetting you so much, just dont read it.

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#7 2012-03-21 16:33:41

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

surfatwork wrote:

@Kaustic: If this how-to is upsetting you so much, just dont read it.

No, it's not. However the forums aren't exactly an appropriate place for "How-To"s or "Tutorials". It has been said before. All I'm suggesting is for you to update the Wiki if you feel it's helpful for others. (My personal opinion is that it's duplication of effort and unnecessary, but that's my opinion.)

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#8 2012-03-21 22:37:40

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

For Microsoft Office I would recommend installing TinyXP (or MicroXP) in a 3 GB VirtualBox container (NTFS disk compression set, if needed). Because if LibreOffice isn't enough for you, then it means it's either work or school-related. And Wine is a fickle mistress, my friend... Today it may work fine, tomorrow you may update to rc2-beta7 and find out that it fucked up your midterm paper. It's not worth it. Just use VirtualBox and run it natively. Even without VT-x or AMD-V (CPU hardware virtualization), you shouldn't notice much of a performance gap in Office. It's Office, not Crysis. 512 MB RAM allocated should be sufficient.

Last edited by DSpider (2012-03-21 22:41:42)


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#9 2012-03-21 23:51:15

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Re: SOLVED: Installing MS Office 2007 on Arch

DSpider wrote:

Wine is a fickle mistress

Treat her right and you'll be rewarded with years of flawless service wink

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