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Installing Office 2007 in Linux Mint - help!!

Postby lazza727 on Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:15 pm

I'm a Linux Mint Newbie - I discovered Linux at the weekend and I inadvertently 'wiped' Vista et al when I installed Linux on my laptop. I'm in the last 3 weeks of a 3 year degree course and I have my final essay to complete. I need to access Office 2007 as I don't have the time/inclination to learn OO.

I tried using the advice on Quick Tweeks:

- Select Applications>Wine>Configure Wine to bring the Wine Configuration dialog box.
- Select Windows Version as Windows Vista from the Applications Tab
- Override two dll files rpcrt4.dll and msxml3.dll from Libraries tab. Override them to be Native (Windows)
- Download rpcrt4.dll file. Click here and save it on your desktop.
- Open the c_drive from Wine menu
- Delete rpcrt4.dll and msxml3.dll files from Windows/System32 directory.
- Copy the downloaded rpcrt4.dll file into Windows/System32 directory
- Download msxml3.msi file from Microsoft download site (here is the direct link for your convenience).
- Install msxml3.msi file from the Terminal window by issuing msiexec /i msxml3.msi
- Double click on setup.exe file from your MS Office 2007 installation CD. If it doesn’t work just type wine setup.exe from the Terminal window.
- Follow the normal installation procedures.

Office starting installing, I entered the Product Key and then the installation halted (after approx. 2 mins).

Can anyone help as I need to complete the essay ASAP!

Rgds,

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Re: Installing Office 2007 in Linux Mint - help!!

Postby emorrp1 on Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:57 pm

EDIT: see also the other thread for excellent advice: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=24654

OK, first you have to understand that wine is not perfect, it's basically attempting to rewrite windows from scratch. Since you're on such a tight and important deadline, and you aren't inclined to use openoffice (it really doesn't need learning), then I suspect you're not really ready to be messing around with wine. Thankfully that's not your only option (though see below for more info if you like), if your machine's reasonably beefy (made in the last 2-years, not a notebook, perhaps dual-core processor, 1-1.5 gig RAM) then you could install windows in a virtual machine using virtualbox, then install Office 2007 inside, and off you go. This is by far the best solution at the moment, so I'd try it before anything else, and I'd recommend installing XP rather than vista, as it's less resource greedy.

If this doesn't work (e.g. you don't have a good enough machine, which is unlikely) then I'm afraid, given the urgency of your deadline, I'd recommend re-installing windows (again, XP if you have it) and coming back to linuxMint when you can spend more time on it. I know, I can't believe I'm recommending Windows! on the other hand, the pain of a windows install will likely push you back to linux anyway ;-)

If you do want to go down the wine route, it seems there have been a few regressions in the latest versions of wine, so I'd recommend using v1.1.14 (using Force Version in synaptic) see also the winedb entries for more info:
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=4992&iTestingId=36541
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=12811&iTestingId=37059

p.s. I hope you backed up all your data! and good luck with your course. Let me know if you need more info about the virtualbox/wine option (you're on your own if you want to re-install windows)
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Re: Installing Office 2007 in Linux Mint - help!!

Postby lazza727 on Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:28 pm

Many thanks for the advice - I have installed Crossover and Office 2007 is currently installing now. Thanks you once again.

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Using Crossover

Postby lazza727 on Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:36 pm

When the Crossover 30 day trial period expires will I no longer be able to use Office? As every time that I use Word the Crossover trial banner pops up.
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Re: Installing Office 2007 in Linux Mint - help!!

Postby emorrp1 on Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:13 pm

yes, I'm pretty sure that's how it works, as the terms of the trial do require you to delete it after 30 days if you do not wish to purchase the full copy. However, by that time your deadline will have passed, giving you more chance to try the non-commercial options.
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Re: Installing Office 2007 in Linux Mint - help!!

Postby stevlina on Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:26 am

Does Microsoft office 2007 work with windows vista home premium? In the new year I will be purchasing an acer notebook with operating system windows vista home premium, the thing is i would like to still be able to use Microsoft word, Excel etc can i do this by buying Microsoft Office 2007 and installing it on my notebook, will vista home premium still work?
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