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Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 : With msxml6 installed, no product key works anymore!
K. Posern
K. Posern
Posted 2017-03-24 13:50

It seems really bizzarre, but I tried it several times:

With the trial version (both German (de-de) and English (en-us)) downloaded from
And mount the img file OfficeProfessionalPlus_x86_en-us.img to /mnt/iso.
(I also tried the technet downloaded iso's, same problem)

I am new to crossover, currently trying it.
So I noticed that crossover installs msxml6 before running the setup.exe

When the setup started, I first noticed: Hey this looks different, then what I know from wine:
Because the setup.exe starts with first asking you to enter a product key.
And then my problem:
And no matter what product key I entered, they all never worked (even though they should)!

So I did the test with wine (2.1 under archlinux):
When I create a fresh WINEPREFIX, set it to win7 and then install winetricks msxml6 and then run the setup, like so:

mkdir -p /virt/wines/ms.office2013
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ winetricks settings win7
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ winetricks msxml6
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ wine /mnt/iso/setup.exe

The behaviour of the setup changes as described above.

If I simply run:

mkdir -p /virt/wines/ms.office2013
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ winetricks settings win7
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/virt/wines/ms.office2013/ wine /mnt/iso/setup.exe

then it works as expected:
Without installing the msxml6, I see a bunch of xml related messages in the output when launching the setup, but in this case the setup right away offers to configure and install ms office!

Should you then maybe not install msxml6 anymore ?

Thanks a lot in advance for any feedback!

Geoffrey Zimmer
Posted 2017-03-25 08:36
I've just tried installing Microsoft Office 2013 with CrossOver 16.2.0 and couldn't get it to activate either.  The retail product key was accepted, but I received an error message while attempting to activate online that "something went wrong".  Unfortunately, I couldn't test your theory about MSXML6, because when I tried a second time to install the program without MSXML6, the installation failed.  

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