I cannot install MS Office 2010 via PlayonLinux in my ubuntu 17.10 (I used to have it in my Ubuntu 17.04 and MS Office 2010 worked fine). The installation boots, I insert the setup.exe file and press ok. Then the windows installation run and everything stops. This is the last window that PlayonLinux opens and hangs on it.

I have run the following usual commands before trying to install it: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Followed this video and use his installation package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf8zr096mYQ


The actual bug is the following:

    [POL_Wine] Message: Notice: PlayOnLinux deliberately disables winemenubuilder. See http://www.playonlinux.com/fr/page-26-Winemenubuilder.html
Wine cannot find the FreeType font library.  To enable Wine to
use TrueType fonts please install a version of FreeType greater than
or equal to 2.0.5.
Wine cannot find the FreeType font library.  To enable Wine to
use TrueType fonts please install a version of FreeType greater than
or equal to 2.0.5.

Edit 17/2/2018: After I select the version of wine I want POL to use (system version), POL runs into another error preventing me to install MS Office. Below is the output:

[POL_Wine] Message: Notice: PlayOnLinux deliberately disables winemenubuilder. See http://www.playonlinux.com/fr/page-26-Winemenubuilder.html
p11-kit: couldn't load module: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/gnome-keyring-pkcs11.so: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/gnome-keyring-pkcs11.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directorywine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000004 at address 0x7e9129d1 (thread 0022), starting debugger...
fixme:advapi:RegisterTraceGuidsA (0x2e034c1f, 0x2e0b3d78, {8736922d-e8b2-47eb-8564-23e77e728cf3}, 1, 0x33fd08, (null), (null), 0x2e0b3d78): stub
fixme:process:GetSystemDEPPolicy stub
fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (1): stub
fixme:advapi:RegisterTraceGuidsA (0x101f411c, 0x103a37e8, {8736922d-e8b2-47eb-8564-23e77e728cf3}, 1, 0x33ee24, (null), (null), 0x103a37e8): stub
fixme:system:SetProcessDPIAware stub!
fixme:htmlhelp:HtmlHelpW HH case HH_INITIALIZE not handled.
fixme:richedit:REExtendedRegisterClass semi stub
wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000004 at address 0x7e6e29d1 (thread 0009), starting debugger...
winedbg: Internal crash at 0x7e7ea9d1
02/17/18 12:56:26 - [POL_Wine] Error: Wine seems to have crashed\n\nIf your program is running, just ignore this message
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    Just Use a Virtual Box Instance of Windows and use that. If you ever do get it installed you will never be able to activate it unless your a computer programmer. – EODCraft Staff Feb 15 '18 at 11:33
  • Virtual box is nice but it is really slow compared to playonlinux. For what I need playonlinux is better. Plus I don't have a windows OS and I wouldn't Windows virtual machine for more than ms office – Alessio_110 Feb 15 '18 at 11:42
  • Just adding my experiences, not really a debate. – EODCraft Staff Feb 15 '18 at 11:43
  • Really appreciate it sir! Just out of curiosity how much space does a windows virtual machine takes? – Alessio_110 Feb 15 '18 at 11:44
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    @EODCraft Staff - One problem with using VirtualMachines to host certain old versions of MS Windows is that I think you may still technically need an MS Windows license for every physical and virtual instance of Windows you create. So technically if you create one physical instance and four virtual instances, you need five licenses. I certainly hope this doesn't apply, however, if you are just creating the instances for testing or evaluation purposes. I hope Microsoft changes this scheme for older versions of Windows someday... – Shawn Eary Apr 7 at 12:18

Follow instructions from this link:


It worked on Ubuntu 18.10, for both MS Office 2007 and 2010

Install Microsoft Office 2010 on Ubuntu


We'll install MSOffice using the PlayOnLinux wizard. Additionally, MSOffice requires samba and winbind to properly work.

So, if not installed, install them:

sudo apt-get install playonlinux samba winbind

Of course, you'll need the MSOffice installer files (either DVD/folder files), in the 32 bits version. Even if you're under Ubuntu 64, we'll use a 32 bits wine installation.

Then open POL (PlayOnLinux) from command line (playonlinux &) or using Dash.

Pre Install

In the POL window menu, go to Tools > Manage Wine versions and install Wine 2.13. Versions below it will crash after click on a document hyperlink. Versions above it will not properly handle the launcher icon (due missing WM_CLASS when window is maximized).


In the POL window, click on Install at top (the one with a plus sign).

1. PlayOnLinux Install menu

At the Install window, at the bottom, select Office and make sure Commercial (at top) is marked.

Now select Microsoft Office 2010 and click on Install.

2. Welcome to PlayOnLinux Installation Wizard

Nothing to do here other then click on the Next button.

3. Please Choose an Installation Method

Now it's up to you: select DVD or file installation according your MSOffice installation.

Then click on Next.

Browse the files or the DVD: the goal here is select the MSOffice setup.exe, from the 32 bits version.

Now, after click on Next: you'll see a sequence of PlayOnLinux installation windows, configuring the new Windows virtual drive, installing components, etc.

4. The MSOffice Install Wizard

Automatically the MSOffice installer will be displayed.

Install the MSOffice as on Windows: agree with EULA, select install type, etc.

In the last Install window, click on Close in the MSOffice installer: you'll see a PlayOnLinux window still running some additional configurations.

Then, a successful message: click on Next and the install window will be closed.

Now you can close PlayOnLinux.

Post Install

1. Desktop Files

Current PlayOnLinux Office2010 script already creates the above shortchuts.

But in case you deleted them or want to fix something...

Now let's create some .desktop files to provide better integration into Ubuntu: you can associate typical MSOffice files, like .docx to Word; at Dash, type winword to run Word, etc.

Open a text editor (like gedit, nano or vim) and create 3 files under ~/.local/share/applications, with the following names and contents.

Please, replace /home/<user> (at the Icon line) by your home folder path:


#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Office Word 2010
Exec=env XMODIFIERS='' playonlinux --run "Microsoft Word 2010" %F
Icon=/home/<user>/.PlayOnLinux/icones/full_size/Microsoft Word 2010


#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Office Excel 2010
Exec=env XMODIFIERS='' playonlinux --run "Microsoft Excel 2010" %F
Icon=/home/<user>/.PlayOnLinux/icones/full_size/Microsoft Excel 2010


#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010
Exec=env XMODIFIERS='' playonlinux --run "Microsoft Powerpoint 2010" %F
Icon=/home/<user>/.PlayOnLinux/icones/full_size/Microsoft Powerpoint 2010


#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Office OneNote 2010
Exec=env XMODIFIERS='' playonlinux --run "Microsoft OneNote 2010" %F
Icon=/home/<user>/.PlayOnLinux/icones/full_size/Microsoft OneNote 2010

After create those 4 files, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T`) and run this command to refresh the Dash entries:

sudo update-desktop-database

One clarification: the env XMODIFIERS='' command in the Exec line is to prevent wine to change keyboard behavior (sometimes while using wine the keyboard uses a different layout, so accents will not work properly, etc).

2. Printers

If you have a printer properly configured under Ubuntu, probably it'll be automatically available to MSOffice under wine.

If not, we can make it available. Basically, your printer must be installed using cups. No problem if the printer is installed using other softwares/drivers, but to get it available for wine, it must be installed under cups too.

If cups package is not installed, install it:

sudo apt-get install cups

Then, open http://localhost:631/ and add your printer.

After configure it, print a test page using the related printer in Printers from System Settings.

Now, make sure you have this file: /etc/printcap. If it's not present, create it this way:

ln -sf /var/run/cups/printcap /etc/printcap

Reboot wine: open PlayOnLinux, click Configure, select Office2010, click on Wine tab and click on Windows reboot button.

3. Fix Alternate between Excel windows

When you open 2 files in Excel, and click on Excel icon in the launcher by the second time to see opened files (Expose), you'll see a weird behavior: one window properly rendered, and the second with just a single icon.

To fix this, open Excel, then File > Options > Advanced > General and check Ignore other applications that use Dyanamic Data Exchange (DDE).

Then, to alternate between Excel files, on Excel click on View tab and then click on Alternate Windows.

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I’ve had Office 2010 running on PlayOnLinux using wine v 2.22 for some months now, but this morning tried to open Word and got a similar error about ‘p11-kit: couldn't load module’. I found a folder called pkcs11 in a different part of /usr/lib with what appeared to be relevant files. So I ran this command, and it fixed it. Perhaps it will work for you too.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/pkcs11 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11
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