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I just installed Microsoft Office 2007 using PlayOnLinux (a Wine's front end), and it installed successfully, the only problem is that I can't enter the serial number, becouse the text box will not get focus.

Any one had experienced this? Any idea how to solve?

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If you have Wine as well as PlayOnLinux, here's what you do:

  • Go to your Wine's system32 directory (~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32) and rename riched20.dll and riched32.dll so that they're backed up.
  • Download RichEdit30.exe (I got it from here or here) and save it to that same system32 directory.
  • Run "wine richedit30.exe" and button through the dialogue.
  • There should now be two new riched20.dll and riched32.dll files there.
  • Copy those two files to your PlayOnLinux system32 directory for Office 2007 (should be at ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Office2007/drive_c/windows/system32)
  • Run one of the Office programs and you should now be able to enter the Product Key.


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Awesome. It simple worked perfectly. Thanks – user22395 Jul 28 '11 at 18:00
Just to add, in case of wine install without palyonlinux, after installing the RichEdit30.exe, restart the installation and it works seemlessly. Also, the RichEdit30 download is available under… – Senthilkumar Gopal Dec 8 '12 at 12:55

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