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MS Office 2010 cannot enter licence key

Added by edmund.laugasson on 2013-01-23 10:00:24 - Comment or update this ticket

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Last update:
2015-05-04 19:38:06
Description, steps to reproduce:
Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit with all latest updates and PlayOnLinux 4.1.9 installed.

Installed MS Office 2010 Professional Plus SP1 ENG onto Ubuntu using PlayOnLinux. Programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) works but when to open Help->Change Product Key then there is impossible to type into that field where the licence key should be entered.

Steps to reproduce:
  1. install PlayOnLinux 4.1.9
  2. install MS Office 2010 Professional Plus SP1 ENG
  3. try to enter licence key at Help->Change Product Key
  4. it does not allow to type into that field anything

Thank you!

Edmund Laugasson


Update by edmund.laugasson on 2013-01-23 10:01:41

I even tried to switch into Gnome Classic without effects - didn't help. I usually use Unity.

Update by edmund.laugasson on 2013-01-23 10:14:14

I would also say, that this is Enterprise version of MS Office - during installation there is no licence key needed but in next three days it should be entered as described in current ticket.

Update by petch on 2013-01-23 10:23:47

  • Priority changed to Normal
  • Tracker changed to Microsoft Office 2010

Update by petch on 2013-01-23 10:28:52

(Could be a duplicate of bug report #1563, closed as invalid for an unrelated reason)

Update by petch on 2013-01-27 01:01:59

Someone posted what looks like a workaround in the forum:

Update by edmund.laugasson on 2013-01-27 08:26:04

The workaround was to edit the file ./ProPlus.WW/Config.xml (from the root directory of DVD ISO file) using ISOmaster ( and create the following content:
<Configuration Product="ProPlus">
    <Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />
    <PIDKEY Value=" xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx " /> 
    <Setting Id="AUTO_ACTIVATE" Value="1"/>

...where the xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx should be replaced with correct licence key.

I used the installed text editor Geany (actually an IDE) for editing that Config.xml file but there can be used any plain text editor available in Linux.

Then I saved the ISO file under another name including my modified Config.xml file and installed it under PlayOnLinux. When e.g. MS Word started, it was already activated, containing my licence key I entered into Config.xml

To install using .iso file, I mounted it using AcetoneISO ( Then I told to PlayOnLinux, that I would like to install MS Office 2010 using setup file from folder and browsed that setup.exe found on mounted virtual drive by AcetoneISO.

More reading about configuring silent install of MS Office 2010 can be found here -

Also there is possible to create .msp file to have all configuration in it -

I just couldn't find a easy way to give that /admin parameter to setup.exe under PlayOnLinux. Actually it didn't matter - I got MS Office 2010 installed anyway and it works and is activated and contains correct licence key.

Yes I know the .bat script creation opportunity but then you have to manage correct paths of executable files between Windows and Linux. Probably it's easier to create once that .msp under Windows and then use such ISO-file under Linux with PlayOnLinux.

Update by edmund.laugasson on 2013-01-27 19:08:13

There should be added also /home/user/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Office2010/drive_c/users/user/Recent/ folder (replace "user" with appropriate username in Linux), otherwise a bit disturbing .lnk files are constantly created into same folder MS Office files are.
Hopefully can it be done by PlayOnLinux future version - there should be such folder created automatically when creating Wine software bottle.

Update by SuperPlumus on 2015-05-04 19:38:06

Closed duplicate bug #2527.

More details on this problem on the closed bug.