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Codeweavers, Cross Over 18 (18.5), Office 2016 Pro Plus installation

by Mountain Computers Inc., Publication Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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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 the time.
  1. Install cross over, you can activate / license it or not for the Trial Period. To install Office its not required.
  2. Run the /opt crossover fix command   --  – CTRL+ALT+T terminal, type command: => ~ $ /opt/cxoffice/bin/cxfix --auto
  3. Install the ie 8 in a Win7 bottle (default)
  4. 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
  5. If at any time the IE 8 or .Net sp1 xml sp6 sp2 packages ask you to reboot, say No.
  6. 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 otherwise.
  7. Reboot
  8. 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
  9. Reboot
  10. 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 2016/2019 icons
  11. 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.
  12. Activation successful and Installation successful






From: Andy Flagg <andrewflagg@yahoo.com>

To: Ryan A <linux-support@crossover.codeweavers.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 gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad:i386 gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly:i386

Fedora 18 to 21 (32 bits)    yum install gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free libgphoto2

Fedora 18 to 21 (64 bits)    yum install libgphoto2.i686 libgphoto2.x86_64

openSUSE 12.3 (32 bits)    zypper install libgphoto2-6

openSUSE 12.3 (64 bits)    zypper install libgphoto2-6-32bit

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 <linux-support@crossover.codeweavers.com> wrote:



Hi Andrew,


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 library"

"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 :

/opt/cxoffice/bin/cxfix --auto

Make sure crossover is not running.


Let me know the outcome.



CodeWeavers Support.



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