Codeweavers, Cross Over 18 (18.5), Office 2016 Pro Plus installation
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 written by Drew Jackson
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Keywords: Codeweavers, CrossOver, Microsoft Office 2016 / 2019
For those needing to install Office 2016 / 2019 on Linux, these steps might be helpful.
I wrote these instructions and shared a few times yet we are doing more virtualbox and standalone laptop installations and we need to make sure the non-technical know how to do this, not just those of us who have installed operating systems and office for the last 25 years, hundreds if not thousands of times per year.
For cross over 17/18 (18.5 not tested yet, it just came about day before yesterday) this is my rough cut. I have
typed this instruction list 3 times now, so I’m pretty sure it works 99.9% of
- Install cross over, you can activate / license it or not
for the Trial Period. To install Office its not required.
- Run the /opt crossover fix command -- –
CTRL+ALT+T terminal, type command: => ~ $ /opt/cxoffice/bin/cxfix
- Install the ie 8 in a Win7 bottle (default)
- As the install proceeds, dependency popups will occur.. as
the installation runs in the background, bring up a terminal window and
copy and paste the Ubuntu/Debian 7/8 command (copy and paste).. once
dependency is completed.. click OK and let installation continue.. it
appears in the background the install is continuing but the goal is that
the dependencies are layered into the installation
- If at any time the IE 8 or .Net sp1 xml sp6 sp2 packages
ask you to reboot, say No.
- When done with IE 8 installation and .Net installation
(for which Cross Over Codeweaver support says its not required, however
from my testing, the office 2016 pro splash screen and UI will be
corrupted and garbage without the IE8 / .Net packages …. plus graphic html
and xml packages are required for many Office actions, much like IE HTML /
SHTML is required for Quickbooks though the company says no, testing proves
- Once the IE8 / .Net stack is installed run the
Cross Over fix command and if it comes back all done and no more
dependencies required – CTRL+ALT+T terminal, type command: => ~
$ /opt/cxoffice/bin/cxfix --auto
- Now, Install the Office 2016/2019 with Win7 bottle
(default) install from the folder in the path / folder in either Documents
or Downloads and once that starts, you will see the orange installer of
Office preparing… and it will run for a while.. and when done.. all the
Icons will show up in the Cross Over folder and Applications list (NOT the
ONLINE Microsoft Office icons), the actual locally installed Office
- Once that is install, Open Excel which is better to
activate instead of other Microsoft Applications and give the option to
activate by code, and no online with an account or with an email address.
Or you can choose to not activate and use it for 3-7 days without issue.
- Activation successful and Installation successful
From: Andy Flagg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Ryan A <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 9:01:32 AM PST
Subject: Re: office 2016 pro plus - weird app window
cool. that appeared to work. the info below that after 180MB
was ok. I did not do it yet as suggested. see attached. now let me reload
Peppermint 9 minimal, codeweaver latest, office 2016 pro plus from folder and
see. i have 2019 pro plus, but I can get licenses for both.
~ $ /opt/cxoffice/bin/cxfix --auto
You may be able to fix some issues by running one of the
following commands as root:
Debian 8 (32
bits) apt-get install
Fedora 18 to 21 (32 bits) yum install
Fedora 18 to 21 (64 bits) yum install
openSUSE 12.3 (32 bits) zypper install
openSUSE 12.3 (64 bits) zypper install
openSUSE 13 (32 bits) zypper
install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly
There is no automated fix for the remaining issues but you
may find help on these pages:
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 8:10:02 AM PST, Ryan A <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It could be that in the VM it's utilizing the VMware drivers
to render the window. Within the logs there are quite a few missing 32-bit
libraries. One in particular that Office needs :
"Title"="Missing 32bit libOSMesa.so.8
"Description"="This is needed by some games
and CAD-like applications to perform off-screen rendering."
Try running the following in terminal which address some of
the those libraries :
Make sure crossover is not running.
Let me know the outcome.
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